Employment Opportunities

Job opportunities here are for the position of Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Legal Interns only.

For those interested in staff positions, please visit the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Human Resources to search and apply for available job listings.


Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

Thank you for your interest in being part of an integral part of the criminal justice process. Whether you are a licensed attorney or a law clerk awaiting the results of the Hawaii State Bar examination, please feel free to apply by filling out an employment application and uploading it and a copy of your cover letter, résumé, and (2) writing samples.


Legal Intern

Every year, opportunities are provided for law students to apply for available positions during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The program is designed to maximize student involvement with the prosecution of crimes as the department continually strives to uphold the laws of the State of Hawaii. Commitments can be full or part-time, however, full-time applicants are preferred for the Summer semester.

The length of each internship will vary based on each student’s availability and course scheduling. Work hours and days, as well as start and end dates, will be arranged between the student and the assigned supervisor. To ensure adequate exposure and in-depth experience, regular attendance will be expected. The following timelines are for each semester:

  • Summer: Beginning of June to the end of July
  • Fall: Mid-August to mid-November
  • Spring: Mid-January to mid-April

Responsibilities

The program offers a variety of challenging experiences that reflect the demands and rewards of public service. Legal interns will be assigned various tasks, including, but not limited to:

  • Legal research and analysis
  • Drafting legal memoranda
  • Attending court hearings
  • Observing trials and pre-trial hearings
  • Visiting various law enforcement and correction facilities

Compensation

Internship positions for the Fall and Spring semesters are nonpaying volunteer positions. During the Summer semester, the Department will accept multiple interns and may offer several paid positions to select candidates pending budget availability. Interns who receive compensation will not receive course credit for the period that they are paid. Candidates are encouraged to seek out and apply for grants from their school or other sources, and to request course credit where available.

How To Apply

If you are interested, please prepare the following:

  • Résumé
  • Writing sample
  • Copy of your law school transcript(if available)
  • Cover letter, to include:
    • Your interest in the criminal justice system, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school
    • Where you learned of his internship opportunity
    • Your availability:
      • Fall, Spring, or Summer
      • Part-time or full-time
      • Available days and hours

E-mail the above to: patinternship@honolulu.gov

Please put “Legal Internship Application” in the subject line of your e-mail and indicate the semester and year that you are applying for. If you are selected for an interview, you will need to print and complete the following forms, and bring them with you to the scheduled interview:

Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible. The general deadlines for submissions are:

  • Summer: Due by end of February
  • Fall: Due by end of May
  • Spring: Due by end of October

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