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Student Internships

Student Internships

A number of the Department’s Divisions offer unpaid student internships. Each Division runs its own program in coordination with the Division of Administration, Human Resource Management, with different deadlines and application requirements, as described below. To apply for an internship, submit your materials using the contact information provided by the relevant Division.

 

Division of Law

The Division of Law (DOL) offers law students the opportunity to experience the day-to-day work of the state’s civil attorneys. Each intern is assigned to a specific DOL section, allowing the student to specialize in a particular area of interest, whether its education law, civil rights litigation, complex financial transactions, or child protection proceedings.

Interns perform the full range of law clerk responsibilities, including research and writing, and have the opportunity to observe a wide range of lawyering activity. Students participating in the program attend court proceedings, client meetings, depositions, and other special events. They are also eligible to participate in training sessions offered to Deputy Attorneys General throughout the year.
Locations: Newark, Trenton, Voorhees

Students: Law students only

Timing: Summer break, fall semester, spring semester

Sections: Law students may apply to work in one of 11 sections based in Newark, 14 sections based in Trenton, or 1 in Voorhees.

Deadlines: March 15 – Summer program
July 15 – Fall semester
November 15 – Spring semester

Application: Complete one-page application
Submit (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) writing sample, and (4) law school transcript
Applicants seeking to work in Newark should submit their applications to:

Pavithra Angara, DAG
Attn: DOL Internship
124 Halsey St, 5th Floor
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 648-7457
Pavithra.Angara@law.njoag.gov

Applicants seeking to work in Trenton or Voorhees should submit their applications to:

Philip J. Espinosa, DAG
Attn: DOL Internship
P.O. Box 114
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 376-3300
Philip.Espinosa@law.njoag.govsubject=”DOL Internship Application – Trenton/Voorhees”

Division of Criminal Justice

The New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice offers undergraduate and law students the opportunity to participate in an unpaid internship during their Fall or Spring semesters or during their Summer break. If accepted into the program, students will be assigned to one of the Division’s Bureaus or supporting Units and Offices. Undergraduate or law students will be supervised by a Detective or a Deputy Attorney General, respectively. An Assistant Attorney General will have overall supervision of the program.

Undergraduate interns will be exposed to a variety of investigative aspects for the interdiction and prosecution of violations of criminal law, which will enhance undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice or related forensic or technical fields of study. Law interns will be exposed to a variety of substantive areas of New Jersey criminal law, and are expected to have excellent legal research and legal writing skills. All interns are expected to have outstanding interpersonal communication skills.

Beyond the duties and responsibilities assigned by each law intern’s supervisor, interns are provided opportunities to observe and work with Detectives and Deputy Attorneys General in the course of their normal job duties, including appearances before the Law Division (Criminal Part), Appellate Division, and, occasionally, the New Jersey Supreme Court. Interns may also attend the Summer Intern Brown Bag Lunch Program (periodic speaking / training events, typically held at the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton), at which Detectives and Deputy Attorneys General share their knowledge of investigations, substantive law, and litigation techniques.

Please submit all of the requested documents and/or materials, listed below, via Email.  You do not need to mail a duplicate copy.  Thank you.

If you are an undergraduate or law student, and would like to be considered for a position in the Internship Program, applicants are required to submit a completed Internship Application, cover letter, resume, and most recent official transcript, (law students should also submit a legal writing sample). Applicants should review the Division of Criminal Justice website to express their interest in any of the various Bureaus within the Division as well as any geographical preferences. Every effort will be made to accommodate such interests, but no particular assignment is guaranteed.

Telephone contact: (609) 984-6500

E-mail contact: NJDCJInternship@njdcj.org
Internship Application Rev. 1/10/24

NOTE: If you are offered a position in the internship program you must complete a Confidential Background Investigation Clearance Form.
Please complete all 5 pages of the form, and email the original notarized form, (Subject Line) – Attn: Division of Criminal Justice Internship Coordinator.

Division on Civil Rights

To apply, please submit the following application materials here by the unit’s respective deadline identified in their internship announcement.

Division of Consumer Affairs

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in an unpaid internship during their Fall or Spring semesters or during their Summer break. If accepted into the program, students will be assigned to one of the Division’s Boards, supporting Units or Offices.

For more information, please visit https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Pages/Internship-Program.aspx

Division of Gaming Enforcement
Division of Gaming Enforcement Internship Opportunities

Locations:
Atlantic City or Trenton, New Jersey

Duration of Internship:

The program will be offered year-round for Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.
All internships are 12 weeks in duration.

Spring: January to May
Summer: May to August
Fall: September to December

Application Deadlines
Spring: November 15
Summer:  April 15
Fall: July 15

Available to:
Any law school, college, or college graduate student may apply for an internship. 

Overview of Internship:
This internship program is designed to provide students who may be interested in state government an opportunity to volunteer as interns. This is an unpaid internship program that affords students the opportunity to obtain valuable work experience, including training in many areas of gaming regulation under direct supervision of staff in the Casino Licensing Bureau, Regulatory Enforcement Bureau, Service Industry Licensing Bureau, Records & ID Bureau, Technical Services Bureau, and Legal Bureau.

To Apply:
Students must submit a short writing sample, resume, and cover letter to apply. The cover letter should be a brief introduction about the student and state their preference of work location and type of internship they would like with the Division (Legal, Investigations, or Support Functions).

Your resume package must be received no later than 5:00 PM on the closing date as indicated above. Please submit resume packages to:

Intern Coordinator
Division of Gaming Enforcement
1325 Tennessee Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08225

OR

Email: jobs@njdge.org


 

Division of State Police

The New Jersey State Police offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn more about state’s largest law enforcement organization. Students are placed in units based on their interests and skills, ranging from criminology to chemistry to finance. To read more, click here.
Locations: West Trenton (NJSP Headquarters), other locations statewide

Students: Undergraduates who have earned at least 60 credits and a 2.5 GPA

Timing: Summer break, fall semester, spring semester

Sections: Candidates may express a preference based on geography or specialized interests

Deadlines: April 24 – Summer program
July 20 – Fall semester
November 24 – Spring semester

Application: Complete application documents
Submit (1) resume and (2) letter from your school indicating the number of credits you will receive for the internship
Applicants should submit their applications to:

Attn: Internship Coordinator
New Jersey State Police
P.O. Box 7068
River Road
West Trenton, NJ 08628-0068
(609) 882-2000 ext. 6401
NJSPInternship@gw.njsp.org

Office of the Solicitor General

Office of the Solicitor General – Summer Internship

Established in 2020, the Office of the Solicitor General coordinates the Attorney General’s involvement in matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and the New Jersey Supreme Court, focusing on cases involving significant constitutional and appellate issues.

The intern will work with attorneys in the Office of the Solicitor General on research and writing projects, including drafting briefs in appeals and dispositive motions.  The intern will also attend moot courts and oral arguments.

The intern should possess stellar legal research and writing skills, have a strong interest in constitutional law, and be able to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

Current law students (1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs) are eligible to apply.  The program will run for a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer of 2024 (specific beginning and end dates flexible).  The position is based in Newark, NJ. The internship is unpaid; please consult your career services office for potential sources of funding.

Application Requirements:

  • One-page cover letter expressing why you are interested in the internship. Please include the name and contact information of 2 references.
  • Resume.
  • Legal writing sample of no more than 5 pages containing your own legal analysis. You may use a document drafted during law school or a summer internship so long as it does not contain material that is privileged or otherwise confidential.
  • Current law school transcript (copies of unofficial transcripts are acceptable). If you are a first-year law student and do not have an available transcript, please note in your cover letter that the transcript is forthcoming.

Please submit the above application components in PDF format to osg@njoag.gov.  Applications are due by 12pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

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