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Interns & Volunteers

This page has information regarding the following intern and volunteer positions:

Self Help Center and Family Law Facilitator's Office (SHC/FLFO) Volunteers and Interns

The SHC/FLFO assists tens of thousands of self-represented litigants each year with their family law and civil cases. Litigants are assisted with family law issues such as divorce, parentage, custody, visitation, and support; violence prevention applications such as Domestic Violence and Civil Harassment Restraining Orders; civil matters such as small claims and unlawful detainers; and probate matters such as guardianships, conservatorships and name and gender changes. For a complete list of services offered by the SHC/FLFO, please visit our website at the following link:

Volunteers and interns enjoy a unique clinical experience by providing direct assistance to self-represented litigants under the supervision of staff attorneys. Their duties include, but are not limited to, interviewing litigants at the Restraining Order Help Center, assisting customers with completing court forms, and explaining legal concepts and procedure in a way that our customers can comprehend. They will also assist with judicial support tasks such as preparing orders after hearing. As a result, interns and volunteers learn interviewing and fact gathering skills, become familiar with court forms and procedures, interact with Judicial Officers and court staff, and gain experience in substantive areas of law covered at the SHC/FLFO.

Applicants must be interested in working with the public, who may be traumatized and frustrated at times, detail oriented and comfortable with working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

Attorneys and law students are encouraged to apply. Please include a resume and cover letter stating your reasons for wanting to work as an intern or volunteer at the Self Help Center and Family Law Facilitator's Office. Please note that due to court guidelines, we are unable to accept applicants who are involved in any capacity in ongoing cases before the Santa Clara County Superior Court or attorneys with an active practice in Santa Clara County.

Judicial Interns

Judicial Interns work with or provide research support for a judge or court program (law students and selected college students). To qualify candidates must be enrolled in a college degree program that is related to the internship. Interns must have the required skills and educational background for the position. In many cases, interns will receive credit toward their degree, but in all cases the internships are designed to provide relevant experiential learning in one or more of the courts program departments.

Time Commitment and Hours of Service: Judicial Interns are asked to commit for a minimum of two months and at least 16 hours per week; however, this is flexible. The hours of service are normally court hours (8 am - 5 pm), but may vary. Interns are expected to work shifts of not less than 4 hours. Parking for Interns is only available at select facilities – we encourage the use of public transit, or other commute alternatives (see  ).

If there are current openings for the position of Judicial Intern I or II, you will be able to read a description of qualifications and apply using our court employment page. Click on the employment page link below: 

Court Reporter Interns

Court Reporter Interns are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the variety of courtroom experiences available in Superior Court through the court reporter internship opportunity. Interns may include students from court reporting schools who are completing state-mandated intern hours for licensing, students who have taken the state licensing exam and wish to gain courtroom experience while awaiting results of the exam, and licensed court reporters seeking familiarity with the court system who may be considering employment with Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Court reporter interns are expected to commit to periods of no less than 3 hours per half day.

Parking for Interns is only available at select facilities – we encourage the use of public transit or other commute alternatives (see )

Court Reporter Intern Application 

For inquiries regarding Court internship programs, email: for more information.

Civil Grand Jurors

The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara expects to open recruitment for the 2024 Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury in 2023. For more information, please visit our Civil Grand Jury page or email

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