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


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.


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.


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