Employment Opportunities & Internships

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES/INTERNSHIPS

  • Employment Opportunities
    • All employment opportunities with the Yolo County Public Defender's Office are listed on Yolo County's website http://www.yolocounty.org/Index.aspx?page=367
    • Individuals interested in a position with the Yolo County Public Defender's Office are welcome to submit resumes and cover letters to the Public Defender, Tracie Olson, tracie.olson@yolocounty.org Please note that you will not necessarily be affirmatively contacted when your resume and/or cover letter is received.  In addition, you will not be contacted when a position becomes available.  Instead, you will be required to apply for the position through the county.     
       
  • Internship Opportunities For Attorneys
    • Attorneys who are licensed to practice law in the state of California may apply for volunteer attorney positions.  These positions are unpaid. 
    • Although these positions are unpaid, volunteer attorneys will be given the opportunity to litigate cases which will provide them with a significant advantage in a competitive job market.    
    • Volunteer attorneys will meet with clients, author and argue motions, represent clients in court, handle court calendars, and represent clients at all stages of proceedings including arraignment, preliminary hearings, and trials. 
    • If you are licensed to practice law and are interested in a volunteer attorney position please send your resume and cover letter to Public Defender, Tracie Olson, at tracie.olson.@yolocounty.org
  • Internship Opportunities For Law Students
    • Each year the Yolo County Public Defender's Office selects approximately fifteen to twenty law students who participate in volunteer internships.  Typically, law students will be selected to volunteer at the Yolo County Public Defender's Office through an interview process during on campus interviews.
    • If law students are interested in practicing law in the criminal justice system there is no better opportunity to learn than at the Yolo County Public Defender's Office.   
    • Law students who are certified to appear in court will, under the supervision of an attorney, interview clients, represent clients in court proceedings, conduct research and writing, draft motions, argue motions, and may be given the opportunity to represent clients during a jury trial. 
    • Law students who are not certified to appear in court will, under the supervision of an attorney, interview clients, conduct research and writing for attorneys, draft motions for attorneys, help work on the sealing of juvenile records, and may attend court to watch their work in practice. 
    • If you are a law student and are interested in an internship with the Yolo County Public Defender's Office you may send your resume and cover letter to Misdemeanor/Juvenile Supervisor, Ron Johnson, at ronald.johnson@yolocounty.org 
  • Internship Opportunities For Social Work Students
    • The Yolo County Public Defender's Office typically has two social work students each year who participate in volunteer internships.  Social work interns are typically selected through an interview process at the end of the school year for work for the following school year. 
    • Social work interns will obtain experience working with youth in the juvenile justice system and will have an opportunity to gain valuable experience while making a significant impact on the lives of young people.
    • Social work interns will work with juvenile delinquency clients who are both in and out of custody. They will work with attorneys to develop case plans for juveniles, be in close contact with the juvenile's family, will work with juvenile clients to assist with educational needs, mental health needs, alcohol/drug treatment needs, finding employment opportunities, and locating pro-social activities. 
    • If you are a social work student and are interested in an internship with the Yolo County Public Defender's Office you may send your resume and cover letter to Deputy Public Defender, Andrea Pelochino, at andrea.pelochino@yolocounty.org
  • Internship Opportunities For Undergraduate College Students
    • The Yolo County Public Defender's Office typically has several undergraduate college interns. 
    • Undergraduate interns will learn first hand the inner workings of the criminal justice system.  The experience gained by undergraduate students who volunteer at Yolo County Public Defender's Office will provide them with an advantage in applying for jobs within the criminal justice system.  The internship will also supply undergraduate students with real world experience to put on an application when applying to graduate school or law school.
    • Undergraduate student volunteers may assist attorneys with special projects, coordinate and arrange discovery, deliver pleadings and discovery to the District Attorney's Office and court, attend court proceedings with attorneys, and may assist in sealing juvenile records.
    • If you are an undergraduate college student and are interested in an internship please send your resume to Misdemeanor/Juvenile Supervisor, Ron Johnson, at ronald.johnson@yolocounty.org 
       
  • High School Interns
    • The Yolo County Public Defender's Office has had high school interns. 
    • High School interns work closely with our support staff.
    • If you are a high school student and are interested in an internship with the Yolo County Public Defender's Office, you or your parent may contact Public Defender, Tracie Olson, at tracie.olson.@yolocounty.org