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Interns from the Summer 2019 program with San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office’s Law School Internship Program offers students an opportunity to work in a large and award-winning municipal law office, which has been nationally recognized by the American Bar Association for outstanding excellence. Our internship program reflects an important priority for the City Attorney’s Office: to give back to the legal community in meaningful and important ways.

Upcoming Application Deadline:  Friday, December 6th, 2019

SUMMER 2020 PROGRAM

  • Applications due: December 6, 2019
  • Orientation (mandatory): June 1, 2020
  • Program Length: June 1, 2020-August 7, 2020

How to Apply

San Francisco’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths, and our office aims to reflect the communities we serve. We believe that diversity in our office is crucial to successfully performing the variety of work we are entrusted with as the City’s attorney. Being able to draw on different perspectives allows us to be at the forefront of legal issues both locally and nationally.

We recognize that much work remains to be done to celebrate diversity in the legal profession. We are committed to continuing our role in contributing to that effort, starting with our internship program. The City Attorney’s Office encourages a diverse applicant pool, welcomes qualified applicants of all backgrounds, and awards positions based on fair and open competition.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and brief legal writing sample to CATintern.Applications@sfcityatty.org.  You can send a cover letter, resume, and brief legal writing sample by U.S. Postal Service to:

Internship Program Manager, Office of the City Attorney, City Hall, Room 234
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. San Francisco, CA 94102

City Attorney’s Internship Program Overview

City Attorney Herrera chairs an application evaluation committee that seeks to identify prospective interns based on their promise to emerge as leaders and difference-makers in government and public-interest law. Once accepted, interns work closely with deputy city attorneys who are designated mentors on a meaningful (yet manageable) caseload. Each team also has an internship coordinator, who works to ensure that program participants benefit from their assignments, team and client interactions, and have full access to resources like the city’s law library and electronic research materials. Interns typically work with at least two to three attorneys, who provide ongoing professional feedback and keep interns involved as team members and part of the office’s broader attorney-client relationship with city departments, commissions and officials. Depending on their assignments, interns can take part in client meetings with department staff and elected officials; trials, court hearings, and depositions; public meetings and closed sessions with city commissions and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; and even press conferences related to the office’s work. City Attorney interns also benefit from events, tours and lectures that the office schedules for interns every season. Special programming offers an inside-view of important and sometimes surprising work required of lawyers for a city as innovative, fast-growing and unique as San Francisco. Past programming has included:

  • Tours of AT&T Park, home of our World Champion San Francisco Giants, which the City Attorney’s Office helped to develop, and where legal issues still figure prominently in a rapidly-developing corner of the city.
  • Fireboat tours by the S.F. Fire Department, which highlight its preparedness for modern maritime emergencies and its historical role in major disasters like the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes.
  • Animal Care and Control facilities tours, which reflect some of the unique challenges and innovative approaches of the City of St. Francis—where dogs actually outnumber children.
  • Tours of San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center, which offers progressive-minded educational, medical, mental health, socialization and counseling services to youth in short-term detention.

Frequently Asked Questions

For common questions about the program, click here.

Legal Teams

Descriptions of the legal teams are available here.

City Attorney Internship Video

Internship Program Schedule

The following is the most up-to-date schedule of deadlines and other key dates for the San Francisco City Attorney Internship Program. All interns must attend the orientation for their session. However, the office can be flexible as to the program end date depending on individual student needs.

SPRING 2020 PROGRAM

  • Applications due: October 18, 2019
  • Orientation (mandatory): January 6, 2020
  • Program Length: January 6, 2020-March 13, 2020

SUMMER 2020 PROGRAM

  • Applications due: December 6, 2019
  • Orientation (mandatory): June 1, 2020
  • Program Length: June 1, 2020-August 7, 2020

FALL 2020 PROGRAM

  • Applications due: Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Orientation (mandatory): Monday, August 24, 2020
  • Program length and end date: August 24, 2020 through November 2, 2020