Law Student Internship

The Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney office offers internships to law students in furtherance of their legal education. Interns will assist with legal research in all aspects of criminal law, including but not limited to 4th amendment search & seizures; 5th & 6th amendment case law, and Virginia criminal law and procedure. In addition, interns will have the opportunity to draft court motions, bench briefs, and office memos on legal issues.

While this position is uncompensated, we would be happy to fill out any paperwork that is needed in order to apply for funding or for credit for the position. Interns learn the work of the office through criminal law training sessions, in court observation, and tours of related agencies.

If the student has his/her 3rd year practice certificate, they will be able to complete the aforementioned tasks and will handle misdemeanor, traffic, and felony matters using their third year practice certificate. They will also assist prosecutors in meetings with witnesses and victims in preparation for trial. 

We offer spring, summer and fall intern and externships. If you are interested in an internship position with our office, please email your resume and cover letter to Quwanisha Roman at

Victim / Witness Assistance Program Internship

The Victim/Witness Assistance Program of the Office of the Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney provides a select number of unpaid internships to students studying criminal justice, social work, and related fields in furtherance of their education. Through observation and hands-on experience, interns learn the important role an advocate holds throughout the prosecution of a criminal case. Generally, the office hosts interns from May through August of each year. Internships can be arranged for other times on a case-by-case basis.


Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney
Phone: 757-926-7443
2501 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Newport News, VA 23607

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The Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney prosecutes criminal cases that occur within the City of Newport News, on behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth. The elected Commonwealth’s Attorney is Mr. Howard E. Gwynn.