The U.S. Marshals Service Student Volunteer Internship Program (SVIP) offers current college students a diverse, unpaid internship within the U.S. Marshals Service Headquarters and local District or Division offices in the field. This program provides student volunteers with an opportunity centered in real-world work experience with a government agency and is offered for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Applicants must be degree seeking students in college, professional, technical, vocational, or trade school.
Student Volunteer Internship Program Essentials
We only offer volunteer intern hours (unpaid) at this time. Some of the information we can provide about the program includes:
Must be a United States Citizen.
Must be in good standing with their Academic Institution and be enrolled in at least part-time studies.
Must be able to work a minimum of 24 hours (3 days) per week at the U.S. Marshals Service Office.
The minimum age for a student volunteer internship with the U.S. Marshals Service is 18 years old.
Student volunteer interns perform only clerical and administrative tasks.
Student volunteer internships usually last one semester, are unpaid and cannot exceed a six-month period.
Student Volunteer Internship Program Semesters
The U.S. Marshals Service Student Volunteer Internship Program is offered for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters of each year. There is an open period to apply to the Student Volunteer Internship Program for each semester, generally:
Fall Semester – application period typically from June through July
Spring Semester – application period typically from October through November
Summer Semester – application period typically from February through March
Interested in the Student Volunteer Internship Program?
If the above information meets our expectations and you are interested in a student volunteer internship with the U.S. Marshals Service, you would be pleased to know that the Student Volunteer Internship Program is offered throughout U.S. Marshals Service Headquarters (Divisions) and local District offices in the field.
The process for applying may differ depending on the Division or District field office you are interested in.
Individual Districts (except for DC District Court and DC Superior Court) handle their own student volunteer internships. The Student Volunteer Internship Program may be available at the District field office of your choosing upon request. You would need to contact the District field office on availability and to complete the application process.
The U.S. Marshals Service Headquarters is located in Arlington, VA (part of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area). At Headquarters, the Student Volunteer Internship Program is coordinated for Headquarters (Division offices), the DC District Court, and the DC Superior Court.
Please see the Student Volunteer Internship Program Application section for more information on the application process for HQ (Divisions) and District field offices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q – Do you have a SkillBridge program (Military Transition Program)?
A – Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have any SkillBridge availability. The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is still in its "pilot" stage for the SkillBridge program. As per the SkillBridge requirement, we had to become an "approved" agency to participate. With that being said, although we are an approved agency, our SkillBridge program is still pending lessons learned, Standard Operating Procedures, and Leadership approval for future program activities and applicants.
We encourage military members to contact us back in Fall 23. Any other questions regarding military transition programs, should be addressed to your military Transition/TAPS (Transition Assistance Program) officer.
Q – What about job opportunities for graduating students?
A – If you are interested in a Pathways Recent Graduate position, similar, or any other positions, please see our other careers section for your career path.
Q – Does the U.S. Marshals Service hire Air Marshals? If so, what is the process?
A – No. Air Marshals are hired by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).