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Opportunity Title: Student Intern (1-year commitment program)
Location: Denver
Department: U.S. District Court - District of Colorado
Posted Date: 03/13/2020
Closing Date: 04/24/2020
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Brief Description

**This is a courtesy posting for the U.S. District Court - District of Colorado**

The United States District Court, District of Colorado is now accepting applications for a unique, one-year term as a Student Intern. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is interested in learning about the Federal Court system, and who is self-motivated with strong attention to detail.

The goal of this internship is to develop tomorrow’s judiciary employees through exposure, assignments, rotations, networking, training and mentoring; as such, the intern will be exposed to various career fields and opportunities within the federal judiciary.  The salary range for this position is $14.72 - $18.25 per hour. 

Definition of Work:

The Model Intern Diversity Pilot Program (MIDPP) is built on a foundation of diversity and innovation and exists to expose, develop and place talented, underserved youth in the courts and prepare them for future permanent employment opportunities while training them to be champions of diversity and inclusion.

This position is intended to work with all aspects of the federal judiciary including: District Court and Bankruptcy Judges’ chambers, District, Bankruptcy, and Court of Appeals operations, and the Probation and Pretrial Office. This year-long internship will commence no earlier than June 8, 2020 and end no later than June 4, 2021. During the summer (June through August), the intern is limited to no more than 40 work hours per week. During the academic year (September through May), the intern is limited to 20 work hours per week. Duty station is located at 901 19th Street, Denver, CO.


The Intern will function as a student trainee and the duties include:

Working in Chambers with a District Court Judge and a Bankruptcy Court Judge and attend a variety of types of hearings in civil, bankruptcy, and criminal cases to develop familiarity with the judicial process;

  • Assisting judicial, legal, professional, and/or administrative staff with jury matters;
  • Assisting judicial, legal, professional, and/or administrative staff as needed in handling special events, such us naturalization ceremonies;
  • Assisting judicial, legal, professional, and/or administrative staff in collecting, maintaining, and processing case information;
  • Performing basic social science, historical, statistical, and other research to support judicial, legal, professional, and/or administrative staff;
  • Organizing 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
  • Exposure to the Office of United States Attorney and Federal Public Defender operations.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Reports To:

U.S. District Court – Chambers & Clerk of Court.


This position requires a minimum commitment of one year. The federal immigration and appropriations law significantly limits the circumstances in which the federal judiciary may employ a non-citizen of the United States. As such, all applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legally eligible to work in the United States. Proof of eligibility status will be required.

Minimum Educational/Professional Qualifications:

To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must:

  1. Be a rising junior or senior currently enrolled full-time.
  2. Be in good standing at an accredited college.
  3. Possess excellent communication and organizational skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to first-generation college students and those demonstrating:

  1. self-direction and ability to work with limited supervision.
  2. appreciation for the value of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  3. organization and planning skills.
  4. effective project coordination, facilitation, and implementation based on past work or school experience.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants should submit the following documents combined into one PDF with Vacancy #2020-07-USDC in the subject line by email to: .
  1. A cover letter describing how your experience relates to the position and if you are a first-generation college student.
  2. A resume detailing experience, education, and skills.
  3. An essay, no more than 300-words, describing the importance of diversity in the U.S. Courts.
  4. Unofficial school transcript (reflecting most recent academic semester and the cumulative GPA as of the application date).
  5. An application for Judicial Employment AO 78.
  6. One to three reference letters with at least one from a Professor or Community Leader.


The selected candidate will be subject to a technical fingerprint check through the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division database as a condition of employment. Employment will be considered provisional until background check is completed and favorable suitability is determined.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled the week of April 27, 2020.

The selected candidate will be required to use the Electronic Funds transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

The United States Courts Are An Equal Opportunity Employer

Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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