SJA Legal Internship Program 




“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.” SJA’s teaching philosophy is centered on empowering students and building an earned confidence in the work they will do. Pedagogically, the mission of the Coast Guard is uniquely suited for experiential learning initiatives that center on finite, accomplishable projects. This style not only educates students on how to confront real-world problems, but also creates a framework for them to work together in a facilitative way to accomplish those goals. Learning to work well in an inclusive team dynamic is as important as subject matter being taught. By outlining work expectations, reasoning, and foot-stomping respectful interactions, my students learn how to appropriately consider all issues, negotiate potential outcomes, and are able to experience their own real-life consequences in a controlled setting. This way, even failures have significant educational value. I believe that a bias for action, fearless knowledge application, and academic ownership are the cornerstones of future Coast Guard leaders. "

Past Interns

​"One of my favorite aspects of the clerkship was the ability to see matters resolved from start to finish and being involved in every aspect. Some of my favorite projects I worked on during the clerkship period were investigations, preparing NJP packages, BOJAK updates, and legal assistance such as drafting wills."

Clerk Staff Judge Advocate,
U.S. Coast Guard



"One of the most valuable aspects of this internship was the opportunity to learn from and observe the independent Staff Judge Advocate’s command advice and legal assistance. This internship has offered me hands-on legal work and the chance to assist with various legal tasks. These included conducting legal research, drafting documents, and providing support in legal proceedings.

Tiffany N. Maggiore Clerk, Staff Judge Advocate Office U.S. Coast Guard

Clerk, Staff Judge Advocate Office
U.S. Coast Guard


"One of my favourite things about participating in this internship was getting the chance to be involved in the conducting of an investigation. From the very start of the process which entailed gathering information through interviews and other resources, as well as utilizing the UCMJ, MCM, and case law precedents to understand legal issues and determine the best approach to addressing them."

Clerk, Staff Judge Advocate
U.S. Coast Guard



How to Apply


If you’d like to apply, please send an email request to MLEA’s Legal Assistant at



Staff of the Judge Advocate