Family Court Self-Help Center Internship (Unpaid)

Washington, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 24, 2019
Full Time


The District of Columbia Courts consists of the Court of Appeals, the Superior Court, and the Court System. DC Courts constitutes the Judicial Branch of the District of Columbia Government, and is separate and distinct from the Executive and Legislative Branches.

The Family Court Self Help Center (SHC) provides unrepresented people with general legal information in a variety of family law matters. This position is open for the Fall semester of 2019.

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This position is an unpaid internship. The intern's major duties are below:
  • Assists the public with inquiries concerning Family Court Self-Help (SHC) matters.
  • Assists the public with signing in to the SHC Check-In System and monitor the system for update.
  • Utilizes the Court's computerized system to research case information.
  • Assists SHC staff as needed.
  • Escorts SHC customers to offices in the court as needed.
  • Assists SHC customers with the completion of affidavits.
  • Assists in the development of informational power points.
  • Updates the SHC referral list.
  • Observes family court proceedings.
  • Occasionally may assist Courtroom Support and Quality Assurance Branch and the Central Intake Center of the Family Court.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must submit to a background and/or security investigation
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be enrolled as a degree - seeking student
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Must commit to a minimum of 12 hours per week.

To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:
1. Résumé
2. Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
3. Documentation /Proof of Education (copy of unofficial college transcript)

Submission of all required documentation is a must by the closing date of the announcement.


Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or authorized by Immigration and Naturalization Service to intern in the U.S and at least 18 years old.

Applicant must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or attending a graduate or law school program.

The student must be in good standings at their university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.

The student must be able to commit a minimum of 12 hours per week throughout the semester. .

The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts' values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect and Transparency.

Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts are required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.


To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your unofficial transcript. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, the list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

Education must be from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants should report only attendance from accredited institutions. Applicant can verify accreditations at the following website:

Additional information

This position is an unpaid internship. All required information must be received by the closing date.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the volunteer intern program. Applicant selections are based on academic achievement, the area of study, experience, completeness and professionalism of application. The Human Resources Division refers eligible candidates to the hiring official based on current work projects and opportunities available in the District of Columbia Courts.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

To qualify for this position, applicants must submit the following:
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  • Documentation /Proof of Education (copy of unofficial college transcript or degree)

  • Submission of all required documentation is a must by the closing date of the announcement.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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