The Office of Public Defense offers internships for college students. Each Intern works under the guidance of the Administrator, but assists all staff members. Orientation and training is provided. The intern, along with staff members, greets the public and helps clients fill out forms necessary to be screened for eligibility. The intern works with the staff on projects such as Summons Plus. This is a program designed to contact and remind defendants of upcoming court dates. The intern also assists with in-office data maintenance, learns to use the statewide court information system, and has the opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings, both in the courthouse and in the jail. There are two time slots available to interns each day, between 8:00 a.m. and noon, and 1-4:00 p.m. Interns who are available on Monday and Tuesday mornings may assist attorneys in the courtroom on Superior Court community custody supervision calendars, also known as probation violation calendars.
Three hours a week for one quarter is the minimum time commitment required. Interns should arrange to receive credit through their schools. All internships are non-paid with approved expenses reimbursed. Snohomish County government requires a criminal history background check before starting an internship. Availability of an internship is ongoing.