PFJ offers remote internships year-round (dates are flexible). We are deeply committed to equity, inclusion, and diversity in all of our hiring. People with identities or lived experience that overlap with those of our clients are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interns work with PFJ's national team to support substantive projects based on the intern's skills and interests, and related to PFJ's organizational or programmatic development. Interns do not work directly with clients and they do not work in public defender offices. If you are interested in an internship working directly with clients, we suggest raeching out to your local public defender office.

Examples of past intern projects include:

Mapping treatment facilities, civil legal practitioners, emergency housing options, and other vital community partners in one of PFJ's host jurisdictions

Researching and recommending best practices that PFJ could implement to support Advocates’ mental health and wellness during their time with PFJ

Identifying potential opportunities to spread the word about PFJ and develop content to tell PFJ’s story through social media channels

Research fundraising prospects, drafting research reports to make the case for collaborative defense, and contributing to grant proposals


A current undergraduate or graduate student who will receive funding or course credit from your school for participating in an internship

Passionate about public service, social justice, civil rights, or poverty alleviation

Interested in learning about how the legal system and state/municipal governments operate

Able to take initiative and work independently; excellent writing skills and strong attention to detail


PFJ accept internship applications on a rolling basis. We will reach out to interested applicants about potential opportunities as needs arise. Due to the volume of interest we receive, we are unfortunately unable to reply to every application.

New to the job but already making an impact

Eliana and Ben came to Yolo county to do the hard work of fighting for people ensnared in our criminal system. They've only been on the job for a few weeks so far, but are already making tremendous differences for the people they serve. Copied here are some emails we got about their work (anonymized for client privacy).

New to the job but already making an impact
Victories in Yolo
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