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The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office is currently accepting applications at this time for the  College Internship Program. 

The internship program allows motivated college students who are interested in gaining hands-on experience in the criminal justice system and working to help the District Attorney represent the People of Santa Clara.

Applicants must be at least 18-years-old. Our office offers a variety of student internship opportunities to learn about the criminal justice system by working closely with prosecutors, investigators, support staff, as well as court officers and law enforcement representatives. 

As an undergraduate student, you will be given critical responsibilities that assist the function of the District Attorney's Office. You will also have the opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings, join the field trips, participate in a police ride-along, and attend the in house training sessions.

The student intern hours will vary depending on assignments and availability.

Summer Program Application Deadline:  March 1, 2016

If a student is interested in the paid college internship program, the student needs to do the following:

  1. Go to the county website and click on the employment opportunity tab and search for the Student Internship Program.  Follow all of the instructions and submit the information to the County of Santa Clara and to Sandy Vallesteros.
  2. Applications will be reviewed and if selected, you will be contacted for the interview process.

If you are chosen to participate in the student internship program, you will be required to complete a Criminal Record Information Check. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into the Student Internship Program in the Office of the District Attorney is conditioned upon the candidate passing a background check.

If you have any questions about this program, you may contact Sandy Vallesteros by email or by phone 408-792-2727.