Criminal Internships

With more than 200 attorneys and professional staff, the Seattle City Attorney’s Office is one of the largest law offices in Seattle and is the third largest public law office in the state. Our office is committed to making Seattle a safe, healthy, empowered and thriving community for everyone. We strive to address historical injustices within the court system with self-examination and to pursue justice in Seattle with integrity, creativity, and fairness. We believe working transparently, innovatively, and in collaboration with our partners in the community is necessary to achieve outcomes that promote equity, accountability, and healing.

The Criminal Division represents the City in prosecuting misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and traffic infractions in Seattle Municipal Court, including driving under the influence, domestic violence, theft, assault, property damage and trespassing. 

What are the requirements to be a volunteer for the Criminal Division?

  • A desire to learn.
  • Be at least 18 years old. 
  • Able to pass a criminal background check. 
  • Availability during regular business hours to volunteer in our downtown Seattle office. Interns may also explore a hybrid schedule in consultation with their supervisor.
  • Commit to at least one quarter or semester.. For certain positions, we request up to six months. Internship positions are unpaid and ineligible for employee benefits, interns may earn educational credit as authorized by the student’s school.
  • One year of relevant school or work experience.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Certain positions require additional training or education.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete a Volunteer/Internship Application
  2. Collect additional materials:
    Letter of interest, including experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion;
    Resume emphasizing relevant coursework in the area(s) of interest;
    Professional references;
    School transcript;
    Writing sample for law students.
  3. Email, mail, or fax the completed application with additional materials to:


    Subject Line: Criminal Division Volunteer/Externship/Internship Application


    Seattle City Attorney’s Office
    Attn: Patty Thrall, Criminal Division Operations Manager
    701 5th Ave, Suite 2050
    Seattle, WA 98104-7097


    Fax Number: (206) 684-4648
    Seattle City Attorney’s Office
    Attn: Patty Thrall, Criminal Division Operations Manager
    Message: Criminal Division Volunteer/Externship/Internship Application

  4. Any questions, please contact:
    Patty Thrall
    Criminal Division Operations Manager
    (206) 247-4260

Once the application is received, your materials will be reviewed should a position become available that may be of interest to you. The most competitive candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Ann Davison, City Attorney
Address: 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2050 , Seattle , WA , 98104-7095
Mailing Address: 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2050 , Seattle , WA , 98104-7095
Phone: (206) 684-8200
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