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General Information – Legal Internships

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office (“Office”) values the contributions made by legal interns (in some cases referred to as “externs”). The Office benefits substantially from the work done by interns and from the contributions these students make to the vitality of the office.

 The Office works with the law schools at the University of Iowa and Drake University, as well as law schools outside the state, to ensure that interns are given the best experience possible and receive appropriate academic credit for their work.  

Unpaid internships are available to 1st and 2nd year law students – during the academic year and during the summer.

Internships are available in the following areas of practice:   Licensing and Administrative Law Division, Area Prosecutions Division, Consumer Protection Division, Criminal Appeals Division (2nd year students), Human Services Division, Environmental Law Division, Revenue Division,  

Special Litigation Division, Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator, and the Office of Consumer Advocate (Utilities).

2022 Summer Internships

The Office is seeking 1st and 2nd year law students for unpaid 2022 summer internships.  The Office has slots for 10 - 15 summer interns.

*Due to COVID-19 internships may be conducted remotely during the 2022 summer. 


1st year students.   Interns who have just completed their first year in law school commonly are involved in the following types of projects:

  1. Traditional legal research memoranda.
  2. Drafting pleadings and briefs for filing with administrative bodies, district courts, and appellate courts.
  3. Organizing files for criminal, district court, or administration proceedings, including spotting legal and factual issues, related research, and collaborative work with the attorneys in charge.
  4. If possible, working with lawyers during hearing preparation and the hearing.
  5. Research in connection with drafting proposed administrative rules or laws.
  6. Observing appellate arguments, with prior attendance at the “mock argument” when possible.
  7. Observing hearings, trials, depositions, client meetings, depending on interest and availability.
  8. Drafting administrative rulings.

 2nd year students.   In addition to the work described above, interns in a clinical program after their second year are also allowed to participate in hearings and arguments under the supervision of a lawyer.


Summer internships are available in the following divisions of the Office: 

  1. Consumer Protection Division.  Includes duties listed above and handling consumer protection complaints.
  2. Special Litigation Division.  Involves work on state tort, workers compensation, and employment litigation and legal issues for the Dept. of Corrections.
  3.  Human Services Division.    Involves work on legal issues for the Dept. of Human Services (e.g. juvenile appeals, child abuse registry appeals, and employment litigation).
  4. Licensing and Administrative Law Division.  Involves work on legal issues for a broad range of state agencies and licensing boards.
  5. Environmental Division.   Involves work on legal issues for the Dept. of Natural Resources and various environmental issues.
  6. Criminal Appeals Division.   Involves legal research and drafting of criminal appeal briefs.
  7. Prosecuting Attorneys Training Coordinator.  Involves work with training programs for county attorneys in civil and criminal law.
  8. Consumer Advocate (Utilities).    Involves work with investigating the legality of rates and practices of all utility companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Iowa Utilities Board. 
  9. Area Prosecution Division.  Involves work on prosecuting major criminal cases that the county attorneys refer to the Office.
  10. Revenue Division and Tobacco Enforcement Unit. Involves work on advising and representing the Iowa Department of Revenue with respect to various taxes which are administered by the department.  Also enforces Iowa laws regulating the manufacturing, importing and sales of tobacco products.

Interested students should send cover letter, resume, and transcript (when available) to AG Human Resources, not later than February 1, 2022.  Selection decisions are made on a rolling basis.

For more information or to apply, contact:

AG Human Resources
Office of the Attorney General of Iowa
1305 East Walnut St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project

The Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project provides law students with an eight to ten week paid fellowship and the extraordinary opportunity to work in the in the consumer protection and antitrust departments of state and territorial offices of attorneys general throughout the United States, including this office.
For more information, go to the American Bar Association's Janet D. Steiger Fellowship Project page, which also provides a fellowship application.

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