Student Intern

Career Opportunity #24-NV-06

Position:Student Intern
Excepted Service
Salary:CL 22 (approx. $15.52 – $18.77/per hour, Table LV)
Depending upon qualifications and experience
Opens:April 30, 2024
Closes:May 31, 2024
Term:June 3, 2024 – May 30, 2025 (The incumbent will work full-time in the Summer semester and part-time in the Fall and Spring semesters. The work schedule will be determined upon appointment.)
Location:Las Vegas, Nevada


The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada has an opening for a student internship as part of the Model Intern Program (MIP) offered through the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. This program is built on a foundation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). DEI describes policies and programs that promote the representation and participation of all segments of society to ensure equal opportunity. The MIP seeks to provide talented, underserved college students with an appreciation for DEI to compete for paid internships with federal courts throughout the country, preparing them for future employment opportunities within the federal judiciary.

The District Court is seeking an individual who is keenly interested in learning about the federal court system to fill this position. The internship will be offered to a rising junior or senior undergraduate student. The intern will engage in a wide range of tasks and will gain exposure to work performed by several court units including the District Court, Probation, and Pretrial Services. The incumbent will report directly to the Clerk’s Office and will work with federal judicial officers, court unit executives, federal practitioners, and other court-system professionals, performing or assisting in the performance of a variety of judicial, legal, and/or administrative functions within the federal judiciary.

Representative Duties

The Intern will function as a student trainee with duties that will include:

  • Observing a wide variety of court proceedings in civil and criminal matters to develop a familiarity with the judicial process;
  • Shadowing Clerk’s Office personnel, and other court-system professionals;
  • Assisting Clerk’s Office, legal, professional, and/or administrative staff with a variety of court matters;
  • Assisting legal, professional, and/or administrative staff as needed in handling special events, such as naturalization ceremonies, investitures, and community outreach events;
  • Assisting legal, professional, and/or administrative staff in collecting, maintaining, and processing case information;
  • Shadowing the jury clerks to gain understanding of how the public is summoned to service, and observing prospective juror orientation and providing assistance where needed;
  • Working collaboratively with members of judicial chambers to effectively support judges in fulfilling their judicial responsibilities;
  • Organize legal pleadings, briefs, motions, and letters for judicial, legal, professional, and/or administrative staff;
  • Sorting, classifying, copying, distributing, and filing court records to assist judicial, legal, professional, and/or administrative staff; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

Candidates must be a junior or senior during the 2024-2025 academic year and currently enrolled full-time and in good standing at an accredited college or university. The candidate must be working toward a bachelor’s degree. Helpful concentrations include pre-law, criminal justice, business administration, finance, liberal arts, English, History, Civics, Information Technology, or a related discipline. Applicants must also be:

  • A strong academic achiever;
  • Self-directed and able to work with limited supervision;
  • Able to follow detailed instructions and multi-task;
  • Able to interact effectively and appropriately with the public, providing customer service and resolving difficulties while complying with regulations, rules, and procedures.
  • Able to consistently demonstrate sound ethics and judgement.

Conditions of Employment

Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States. Judiciary employees serve under excepted appointments, are considered “at will” appointments, and can be terminated with or without cause by the Court. Employees are hired provisionally pending results of a criminal background check and fingerprinting. This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer (direct deposit) for payment of salary. The U.S. Courts require employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judiciary Employees, which is available to applicants for review on the Court’s webpage.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit one PDF document that contains:

  • A completed AO78 Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment
  • A cover letter, including your response to the following question: Why are you interested in this internship and what experience do you hope to gain?
  • A current resume.
  • At least one (1) character reference from a college professor.

Please reference the vacancy announcement number in your cover letter. Applications will not be considered complete until all items listed above have been received by Human Resources.

All application materials must be submitted electronically, no exceptions, to:

Due to the anticipated volume of applications received, the Court will only communicate with those applicants who will be interviewed. Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed. Funding for housing will not be provided and will be the responsibility of the intern throughout the internship.

The United States District Court for the District of Nevada is an Equal Opportunity Employer