United States District Court

Southern District of Iowa

Student Internship Program


Position: Clerk’s Office Intern

Compensation: Unpaid Internship

Position Location: Des Moines and Davenport

The internship program is available in the U.S. Courthouse in Des Moines and Davenport. This is strictly a volunteer position under the supervision of the Chief Deputy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties and responsibilities performed by interns will be as follows:

* Pull and update files as needed for the work of the Court and return them to the file room
* Assist in opening incoming mail and routing to appropriate designation
* Assist with the processing of outgoing mail
* Prepare correspondence in response to inquiries regarding files
* Prepare records of files transmitted to the Federal Record Center
* Retrieve closed files and records from the Records Center
* Assist with the archive program
* Assist court staff with clerical functions
* Assist in preparing records for cases on appeal
* Answer telephone calls
* Duplicate requested documents
* Assist courtroom deputies
* Observe court proceedings
* Perform other general office or project duties as assigned

Qualifications:

To be considered for the internship position, candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

1. College student who has general knowledge of filing, telephone usage, record keeping, etc.
2. Must have a commitment to regular attendance, maintain a positive and pleasant work attitude, work well in a team environment, have a high level of energy, and must deal tactfully and effectively with the bar and public while maintaining a high quality standard of work.
3. Be willing to sign an “Acknowledgment of Gratuitous Services and Waiver for Uncompensated Employees” form.

Benefits:

Interns are not entitled to any benefits with the Court. All services are to be rendered solely on a voluntary basis. Applicants will need to check with their school to see if they can receive academic credit.

Miscellaneous:

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this internship program or to withdraw the announcement. A background investigation with law enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal record checks, will be conducted as a condition of the internship.

Expectations of Student Intern:

The intern will be expected to:

* Adhere to the Clerk’s Office work hours or an established work schedule
* Follow Clerk’s Office policies and procedures
* Strict observance of the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to:

United States District Court

Southern District of Iowa

Attn: Mindi Decker

P.O. Box 9344

Des Moines, IA 50306-9344

The United States District Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer