Law Student Internships
Throughout the year, and especially during the summer, the Colorado Public Defender offers a unique opportunity for law students to experience the world of indigent criminal defense. The Colorado State Public Defender offers paid, unpaid and for-credit internships for law students.
The Colorado Public Defender is a state-wide system serving 64 counties with 23 regional offices, including an appellate office. The process for applying for an appellate division internship is published on our website HERE .
Certified Post-2L Interns
For law students who have completed their second year at an accredited law school and are eligible for certification under Colorado’s student practice rule. The requirements for certification are set out in Colo. RCP 205.7. Certified interns are assigned a caseload of misdemeanor, traffic or juvenile delinquency cases. These interns prepare cases outside of court and conducts pre-trial hearings and jury trials. This demanding internship is an extraordinary opportunity to receive intensive courtroom advocacy experience. In the summer interns participate in a week long rigorous training program before they begin their internship. We accept application for paid positions starting in August each year and complete hiring for paid positions by early December each year.
The Georgetown University Law Library has a helpful compilation of state and federal student practice rules at: http://guides.ll.georgetown.edu/StudentPractice.
Uncertified Post-1L Interns
Volunteers and interns for credit conduct investigation, research criminal law issues, assist public defenders in misdemeanor and felony cases.
Undergraduate and Paralegal Internships
Some offices also provide opportunities for undergraduate students and paralegal students.
Instructions for Applying for a Paid Certified Summer Post-2L Interns:
We accept applications for paid positions starting in August each year and complete hiring for paid positions by early December each year.
Instructions for Volunteer non-Denver/Boulder Metro-Area Applications:
We encourage you to consider interning in one of our offices outside of the Denver-Boulder metropolitan area. If you would like to apply to any office other than the Denver/Boulder metro-area offices (which are Boulder, Denver, Golden, Brighton, Arapahoe, and Castle Rock), send an email with a cover letter and resume to:
Alamosa: Ms. Amanda Hopkins, email@example.com
Colorado Springs: Mr. Julian Rosielle, Julian.Rosielle@coloradodefenders.us
Dillon: Mr. Reed Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org
Durango: Mr. Justin Bogan, email@example.com
Ft. Collins: Ms. Tracy Lowrey, Mr. Norm Townsend, Ms. Karlee Lucero, firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenwood Springs: Ms. Tina Fang, email@example.com
Grand Junction: Mr. Steve Colvin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greeley: Mr. Jim Merson, email@example.com
La Junta: Mr. Raymond Torrez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Montrose: Ms. Kori Keil, email@example.com
Pueblo: Mr. Alby Singleton, Albert.Singleton@coloradodefenders.us
Salida: Mr. Dan Zettler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steamboat Springs: Ms. Sheryl Uhlmann, email@example.com
Sterling: Mr. Thomas Ward, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trinidad: Mr. Patrick McCarville, email@example.com
Instructions for Volunteer Denver/Boulder Metro-Area Applications:
For those prospective interns who are seeking a Denver-Boulder metro-area volunteer internship, your application will be transmitted to the intern supervisors for the following offices: Arapahoe, Boulder, Brighton, Castle Rock, Denver, and Golden.
Fall & Spring Internships/Externships
We accept applications for the Fall and Spring semesters on a rolling basis. We recommend submitting applications for Fall internships at the end of July and applications for Spring internships at the beginning of November.
We begin accepting Summer applications starting on December 15.
If you are applying to any of the Denver/Boulder metro-area offices please apply by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must attach a resume and cover letter. Please include in the subject line your class year, the time period that you are applying for and a list of all the offices for which you would like to be considered. (Example: 1L Spring – Brighton, Denver and Arapahoe or 2L Summer- All Metro Area Offices)
Please include the following information in the body of the email:
- If you have a preference for placement, please include that information and an explanation.
- If you are applying to any office outside of the Denver/Boulder metro area (as described above).
- If you are receiving a fellowship and/or a stipend.
- If there is a reason (for example, fellowship deadlines) that you need to know whether you will be offered an internship by a specific date.
If you are applying for a 2L summer internship the intern supervisors for these offices will be conducting panel interviews. We will be able to do these interviews over the phone or video conferencing for out-of-state applicants and will contact you about scheduling the interview.
Instructions for Undergraduate and Paralegal Applications:
If you are seeking an undergraduate or paralegal internship, please directly contact the office that you are interested interning with. Contact information for our 23 Regional Offices can be found HERE.
The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation or religion; nor does it discriminate against a qualified applicant or employee with a disability capable of performing the duties of his or her position.