Office of the Child Advocate: For Students Internship and Law Clerk Opportunities
The Office of the Child Advocate is a small office that operates statewide. OCA is mandated to provide legal representation to Delaware’s most indigent population – dependent, neglected, and abused children – and accomplishes this charge through 4 Deputy Child Advocates and over 375 volunteer attorneys throughout the state. In addition to providing direct legal services to children, OCA also engages in legislative advocacy on behalf of children and youth, and oversees Delaware’s child welfare system by participating on numerous boards and committees that continuously seek to improve the practices and policies of the system.
For students interested in learning more about the child welfare system and being an advocate for children, an internship or clerkship with OCA is an excellent opportunity to gain first hand experience. During your time with OCA you can expect to interact with various members of the legal profession, child welfare professionals, the general public and various political figures as you navigate the child protection system.
Activities of an Intern or Law Clerk
Reviewing medical, legal, and psychological records
Attending court hearings
Attending child welfare policy meetings
Conducting research for hot topics
Drafting and filing briefs, motions and other legal documents
Shadowing Judges or DFS workers
Answering phones and taking referrals
“I just graduated and am starting a Master’s in Counseling program at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
My internship helped me get there.” - Danielle N., former OCA Intern