Internships

Businesspeople in ConferenceThe Superior Court of California, County of Monterey 

General Internship Information

An internship is defined as an unpaid, closely monitored, project-related program that provides professional work experience outside of the classroom environment.  An internship merges academic, personal development, and career exploration into a unique limited-term learning experience for the intern.  Internships are typically part-time and last three to six months and can be fashioned to occur over summer breaks.  Although interns are typically learners/trainees, an internship will provide a balanced objective in which the Court will receive highly capable assistance for project-related assignments while at the same time providing meaningful, professional work experiences to meet the interns’ learning goals and objectives.

Monterey County Superior Court (the Court) is committed to the belief that interns will be afforded the same level of respect and consideration as are the team of trial court employees.  Like employees, interns are expected to report to their assignment as agreed upon and provide appropriate feedback to their Court contact, as necessary. 

Internship Definitions 

Intern I – The Intern I is a program designed for individuals who are pursuing a career in a legal field, typically a judicial studies or closely related academic program, and are in the 3rd or 4th year of their degree program.

Intern II – The Intern II Program is designed to provide current law school students with first-hand experience in the judicial branch of governments.  Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited law school program and be a 2nd or 3rd year student.  This program is primarily organized in the summer months; however, opportunities may be available through the year.  Please indicate your time frame of interest and availability. 

Time Commitment and Hours of Service

Interns are asked to commit to a minimum of three months and at a minimum of 16 hours per week. Certain internships and/or projects may require longer or shorter weekly time commitments and the time requirement is negotiable depending on the nature of the internship. The hours of services are normally Court hours which are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or may be structured around the Court’s business hours to the public which are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Application Procedures 

Please complete the Intern Application, and submit the application with a current resume, a list of completed coursework applicable to the field of law (a transcript will be acceptable) and an introductory cover letter describing your interest in the legal field and career goals.  If you are interested in receiving college credit for the internship, please contact Sara Sturtevant at the Monterey College of Law regarding the requirements for college credits related to the internship.

Please forward the application and accompanying documents to:

Monterey College of Law Community Programs

Internships

100 Colonel Durham Street

Seaside, CA  93955

(831) 582-5234

center@montereylaw.edu 

Internship Opportunities

Legal Research Internships (Intern II) – Interns work with the Court’s research attorneys to provide legal research support to judicial officers.  These internships are limited to 2nd and 3rd year law students.

Self-Help Center Internships (Intern I or II) – This internship will familiarize students with general principles of family law and procedures, small claims law and procedures, landlord tenant law and procedures, and general court organization and processes.  Familiarity with forms will teach many concepts of law concerning dissolution, domestic violence, child support and custody and visitation.  The internship will provide students with an opportunity to perform extensive work with the public and learn techniques of interviewing, triaging, document preparation, drafting of pleadings, time management skills and office organizational practices.

Program Research Internships (Intern I or II) – Interns may work in any area of the Court where collection, analysis and reporting of information is an objective.  Typically, interns will collaborate with Court management about a specific project related to court operations that involves the compilation of data, analysis and recommendations for an operational process change or implementation of a new program or process.