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.

"Returning to homelessness would be lethal for him."

Not only did she stop her client from losing his housing, she convinced the property manager to continue keeping the Advocate in the loop on all correspondence about the property, given her client’s near blindness.

"Returning to homelessness would be lethal for him."
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