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The Marion County Public Defender Agency in downtown Indianapolis seeks law student interns. The Agency employs more than 140 full-time lawyers and 100 part-time lawyers who represent indigent defendants in criminal, juvenile, mental health, and appellate proceedings. Interns will participate in litigation first-hand, talking with clients and witnesses, assisting lawyers in preparing for trials and other proceedings, and researching and writing motions and briefs. Interns will have an opportunity to work on a variety of projects with different lawyers, although special efforts will be made to ensure interns spend at least part of the summer working in their particular area(s) of interest.

Law Student Internships

Students who have completed 45 hours of law school and taken professional responsibility (legal ethics) are eligible to be certified to practice law under the supervision of an Agency lawyer. Those interested in a career in criminal defense are encouraged to apply, although any student interested in litigation will find the experience invaluable.

Spring Internships are expected to commence the beginning of January; Summer internships are expected to commence the week after school finals in May and Fall Internships are expected to commence at the start of the school calendar. Interns may work full or part-time but are expected to put in twelve weeks. Applications for Spring Internships are due by November 15th; Summer Internships are due by February 28th; Fall Internships are due by July 15th.

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Complete the form and email it, along with a current resume and unofficial transcript, to Robert Kodrea, Training Director, at

Paid Graduate Legal Internships

The Marion County Public Defender Agency also accepts applications for third year law students who would like to become a graduate intern after their school graduation in May.  The graduate internship is a paid position and graduate interns will start the week after their graduation.  The Marion County Public Defender Agency will give the interns the month of July off to study for the Indiana Bar Exam.   Graduate interns will then start back at work again after the Bar Exam and upon being sworn into the Indiana State Bar will gain full-time employment with benefits.

Applicants interested in becoming a graduate intern should send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial school transcripts to by February 28th.

Paralegal Internships

The Marion County Public Defender Agency invites students in an accredited paralegal program to apply for an unpaid paralegal internship. Paralegal interns will work with attorneys and support staff both inside and outside of court. Students will assist in interviewing clients and witnesses, doing research, drafting motions, and help in both court and jury trials. Candidates should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, possess legal research skills, and be knowledgeable in Microsoft Office Programs. Internships can be at any time throughout the year but should be committed to working for a minimum of eight weeks. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial school transcripts to and the dates interested in pursuing a paralegal internship.

MSW Internships

The Marion County Public Defenders Agency is offering qualified BSW and MSW level Social Work students an excellent internship placement opportunity.

The Adult Practice experience will facilitate students development of client centered, strength based approaches in the following clinical and programmatic domains: Social Advocacy in Marion County Courts, Mental Health Treatment/Differential Diagnosis, Forensic Social Work Practice, Discharge Planning and Referral. The previously mentioned areas of clinical and programmatic practice will involve evaluation of the interventions used, data collection, and interpretation of objective information for practice and policy.

The student will be encouraged to explore the use of objective practice measures to evaluate intervention.All practicum opportunities with the Marion County Public Defender Agency are expected to commence around the start of the school calendar. Interns may work full or part-time but are expected to complete the hours determined by your School of Social Work program.

For additional information please make contact with Abbie Rust, Adult Field Instructor at 327-5802 or