Washington Center

Spring 2018 Externship Opportunities

Sample UCDC Law Program Placements: Spring 2018

Please contact UCDC Law Program Director Nicole Lehtman for more information about the following externship opportunities, including how to apply.

For students looking for spring placements, we recommend the Arizona Honors & Internship Government Handbook which contains many externships available in Washington. You can access the handbook here: http://governmenthonors.arizonahandbooks.com/.   Your career services office will have your school specific log-in information. 

Immigration Placements in Washington DC

Sample Non-Profit Immigration Organizations (Contact Program Director Nicole Lehtman direct contacts)

American Immigration Council, https://americanimmigrationcouncil.org/

NILC -   https://www.nilc.org/about-us/nilc-staff/

AILA - http://www.aila.org/about/national-office/staff


Kids in Need of Defense – https://supportkind.org/about/team/

National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project – http://nationalimmigrationproject.org/staff.html

ASISTA – http://www.asistahelp.org/en/about_asista/


Sample Government Immigration offices

USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy

DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Immigration Section - https://www.dhs.gov/crcl-immigration-section



U.S. Department of State 2017 Student Unpaid Internship. The program offers U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to participate in unpaid internships that provide professional experience and personal growth and learning within a foreign affairs environment.

Applicants can continue to use the “U.S. Department of State Internship Program” brochure on careers.state.gov for basic information about the program, and information about bureaus and offices in the Department of State.

Eligibility Requirements

·        U.S. citizenship

·        Have good academic standing

·        Successfully complete a background investigation

·        Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance

·        You may be subject to random drug testing.

Furthermore, you must be:

·        A student. This means you have been accepted for enrollment, or are enrolled as a degree-seeking student in an accredited college or university

·        A full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school). An applicant is considered a junior if he/she will have completed all sophomore credits (60 or more hours or 90 quarter hours) by the time the internships begins and will be entering at least the junior year immediately upon 

How to apply: https://careers.state.gov/intern/student-internships/



Senate Judiciary Committee – Deadline October 5

Senator Feinstein is seeking candidates for unpaid, full-time or part-time law clerkships in her Senate Judiciary Committee office in Washington, D.C.  The clerkship will begin in early September and end mid-December.  

Judiciary staff advises the Senator in areas related to national security, terrorism, criminal and civil law, immigration, civil rights, privacy, and intellectual property, as well as judicial nominations.  

Law clerks assist staff with legislative and oversight responsibilities and engage in a range of activities, including, but not limited to, attending hearings, conducting legal research, and drafting briefing memoranda for the Senator.  Some general office support is also required.  Ideal candidates are current students or recent alumni interested in government and public interest law, learning about the legislative process, have excellent writing and research skills, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.  Strong written and oral communication skills and a good sense of humor are musts.  

How to apply: Please e-mail resume, cover letter including availability, unofficial transcript, a short writing sample, and a list of at least three references for consideration to jud.law.clerk@gmail.com.  All application materials must be submitted by 5:00pm EST on October 5, 2017.



Maritime Administration

MARAD is the U.S. Federal Agency tasked with promoting and supporting the U.S. shipping industry. The Office of Chief Counsel is engaged in a broad and complex Federal agency legal practice. The work includes a full range of support for MARAD’s programs and the work necessary to support the Agency. Work is carried on in the Divisions of Maritime Programs, General Law and Litigation, and Legislation and Regulations, as well as by specialized international law, employment law, environmental law and government contract attorneys.

The legal intern program is designed to afford every intern with experience in several areas of practice as well as with general exposure to the Agency’s mission as a whole. Interns are expected to conduct research and produce legal memorandum in support of the Office of Chief Counsel and the mission of MARAD on a variety of legal issues involving maritime, environmental, international, contract and government law. Work will be done involving each of the Office of Chief Counsel’s divisions, including general law, litigation, legislation and regulations. The interns will observe and participate in intra and inter-agency conferences and learn about the workings and administration of the U.S. Federal government.

The internship position is unpaid. However, interns may receive transit benefits to assist in covering the use of public transportation to and from the office.

How to apply:

Email cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript to Krystyna Bednarczyk at Krystyna.Bednarczyk@dot.gov. Applications must be received for the Summer, Fall, and Spring terms as follows:

  • Summer: January 30th
  • Fall: July 15th
  • Spring: October 1st



Office of the Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs

The Office of the Assistant General Counsel, International Affairs, which is a component of the Department of the Treasury’s Office of General Counsel, provides legal support to the Secretary of the Treasury and the Under Secretary for International Affairs on a broad range of international economic and financial matters.  The ten attorneys in the office regularly advise clients; draft and negotiate international agreements; prepare legislation, executive orders, and Treasury regulations; analyze legislative proposals of members of Congress; coordinate with other Treasury offices and Federal agencies; draft legal memoranda; and prepare Department positions on a range of matters, including:

  • International Development, such as bilateral assistance and the operations of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and other multilateral development banks;
  • International Trade and Finance, such as negotiations on financial services in the World Trade Organization and under trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership;
  • National Security, such as foreign investment reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS);
  • G-20 and G-7, such as issues arising from the G-20 Leaders’ process initiated during the global financial crisis;
  • Foreign Investment, such as the negotiation of bilateral investment treaties (BITs);
  • Climate Change and Environment, such as establishment of the Green Climate Fund and negotiations towards the recent Paris Agreement;
  • Sovereign Debt, such as debt forgiveness under the Paris Club and international arbitration and litigation relating to defaulted sovereign debt;
  • International Banking and Securities, such as matters before the Financial Stability Board and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision; and
  • Regional Issues, such as stabilizing Ukraine and Greece, negotiating outcomes with China under the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and implementing Power Africa.

Interns are generally given assignments that cover the full range of the office’s work; are encouraged to interact with clients and attend meetings with Treasury international affairs staff, other U.S. government agencies, and the private sector; and are expected to exercise original thinking and independent judgment.  Excellent legal writing and organizational skills are required.  

How to apply:

We accept applications on a rolling basis.  We expect to complete the review of applications for Spring internships no later than early November and for Fall internships no later than mid-April.

Please send resume, cover letter, and transcript in PDF format to:

Name:  Michele Quintana, Staff Assistant

E-Mail Address:  Michele.Quintana@treasury.gov

Telephone:  (202) 622-1912





You can find a complete list of spring externships on DOJ’s webpage.

Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices 


We are a small office in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. We enforce a federal statute that protects U.S. citizens and work-authorized non-citizens from immigration-related employment discrimination. OSC seeks volunteer law student and undergraduate student interns year-round, including for the fall semester, winter/spring semester, and for the summer. School-year internships may be full-time or part-time. Fall internships are typically part-time. Please see below our current internship opportunities postings. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

We are looking to select law student interns to work alongside our attorneys and equal opportunity specialists.  The position involves assisting our staff in litigation and investigating allegations of discrimination, such as conducting legal research, reviewing documents, compiling data, drafting letters, preparing legal memoranda, and sitting in on and/or conducting witness interviews, as well as policy-related work, such as preparing comments on proposed regulations and draft legislation, and attending interagency meetings.  The position is unpaid and we prefer that the student work for a duration of at least 10 weeks.  Our ideal candidate has strong research, writing and communication skills as well as an interest in learning.  Demonstrated interest or experience in immigration or employment discrimination a plus but not required.  Positions with the Department of Justice are open to U.S. citizens only. 

How to apply:

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, references, transcript, and short writing sample to OSC's internship opportunities email at crt.volunteervacancies-OSC@usdoj.gov. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. For more information about the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, please see our webpage at www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc.

Civil Rights Division Housing and Civil Enforcement Section

The Housing and Civil Enforcement Section (HCE) enforces five federal civil rights statutes:

•      the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing;

•      the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibits discrimination in credit;

•      Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters;

•      the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, which prohibits local governments from adopting or enforcing land use regulations that discriminate against religious assemblies and institutions or which unjustifiably burden religious exercise; and

•      the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which provides for the temporary suspension of judicial and administrative proceedings and civil protections in areas such as housing, credit and taxes for military personnel while they are on active duty.


Legal interns have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in investigating and litigating civil rights cases under the diverse array of laws that HCE enforces. In the past, legal interns have performed a wide variety of tasks, including:

•      interviewing witnesses;

•      researching legal issues;

•      participating in trial strategy sessions;

•      reviewing documents;

•      attending mediations; and

•      drafting memoranda, complaints, motions, and briefs under the supervision of attorneys.

How to Apply

Interested students should submit a resume, brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages of their own work), transcript (unofficial is acceptable), a list of three references, and a cover letter highlighting their qualifications, interest, and experience in the work of the Division and the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, as well as the dates/time period they are available to work.  Any applicant eligible for veterans’ preference is encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and to attach supporting documentation to their submissions.



Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and positions, particularly for summer interns,

may be filled quickly. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the process. Applications for HCE should be emailed to crt.volunteervacancies-HCE@usdoj.gov.


Summer Interns: Applications from 2Ls will be considered from October 15 through March 1 (and from 1Ls from December 1 through March 1).

Fall Semester: Applications will be considered from March 1 through August 1.  (Note: for the Fall 2017 semester, HCE will accept applications through August 31.)

Spring Semester: Applications will be considered from September 1 through December 15.

Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Section

The United States Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Section (OIL) is currently hiring volunteer legal interns for the spring of 2018. OIL litigates immigration cases on behalf of the United States Government in the federal courts of appeals. These cases involve challenging issues relating to whether an individual is removable from the United States, and they often contain questions of constitutional law, statutory interpretation, and criminal law.

OIL attorneys write briefs, appear for oral argument, and coordinate with other branches of the federal government to ensure a uniform application of the immigration laws. OIL employs approximately 250 attorneys and 60 support staff.


Further details about the internship are provided below. Please contact Drew Brinkman with any questions: 202-305-7035, andrew.brinkman@usdoj.gov.


Qualifications:         Applicants must have completed one year of law school by the start date of the internship, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be a U.S. citizen, and be able to pass a background check. Applicants must commit to working 10 weeks for 20 hours per week. Applicants who demonstrate strong legal research and writing skills and/or an interest in immigration law are preferred.

How to apply:        Applicants should email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and 5-10-page writing sample to andrew.brinkman@usdoj.gov. Please consolidate the materials into a single PDF document.

Deadline:               September 10, 2017

Office of Legal Policy – Washington DC

You can read more about the office here.

Office of Professional Responsibility- Washington DC 

950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Room 3266

Washington, D.C. 20530-0001


ATTN: John Sciortino, Assistant Counsel

Applications preferred by e-mail to: john.sciortino@usdoj.gov

Computer Crime and Intellectual Property – Washington DC

The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice has positions available for semester interns. The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section is responsible for resolving unique issues raised by emerging computer and telecommunications technologies and for overseeing the enforcement of federal laws on computer crime, electronic privacy, criminal copyright, trademark, and trade secrets. Among its many areas of expertise, the Section provides litigation support to other federal prosecutors, trains federal, state and local law enforcement personnel, drafts, comments upon and proposes legislation, and coordinates international efforts to combat computer crime. The Section also authors publications addressing significant information technology issues. Interns work directly with attorneys on issues relating to computer and intellectual property crime. Typical intern projects involve researching novel legal issues, drafting litigation documents for active cases, and helping to draft Section publications. The positions are unpaid. Because of the sensitive nature of the work, applicants must pass a background check before we can extend a formal offer for an internship. Semester internships are full-time and done in conjunction with law school programs offering credit for service. Applicants for law internship positions must be enrolled in law school program offering credit for service and have: (1) a strong academic background; (2) excellent research and writing skills; (3) interest in criminal law; and (4) experience, knowledge, or interest in computers, intellectual property, telecommunications networks or other emerging technologies.

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample (10 pages maximum), and law

school transcript to:

Scott Eltringham

Intern Coordinator




We encourage interested students to submit applications as early as possible. For more information,

contact us or see our website at www.cybercrime.gov.

Environment and Natural Resources Division – Washington DC

You can read more about the office at https://www.justice.gov/enrd/internships.

Spring deadline: August 1st – September 25th

Please feel free to send any questions to Jacob.Castellaw@usdoj.gov, Program Coordinator.

Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the General Counsel -Washington DC

               You can find application instructions here.

Tax Division-- Spring 2018

I am writing to encourage your students to consider applying for a volunteer legal internship with the DOJ Tax Division. Currently, the Division is accepting applications from law students who wish to volunteer during the Spring Semester, and the deadline is October 1.  (Our ad for Summer 2018 will be posted shortly, and the deadline will be January 1.)  As set forth in the announcement link below, the Division has openings for approximately 14 volunteers in Washington, DC and one volunteer in Dallas, TX. 


 The Tax Division represents the United States in courts across the country in a wide spectrum of interesting and cutting-edge civil and criminal cases involving issues arising under federal tax law. Our Division is consistently ranked as one of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” by the Partnership for Public Service. We seek to create a work environment and organizational culture that reflect the diversity of American society and that foster the success of every employee by appreciating and building upon the skills, experiences, and uniqueness that each employee brings to the workplace. We also place a high value on diversity of experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all interested eligible candidates. More information about the Tax Division is available at: https://www.justice.gov/tax




Enforcement Division  

The Fall Externship Program at the Enforcement Division of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in Washington, DC is for law students who will be 2Ls or 3Ls.  The CFPB is now receiving applications. Students interested in applying can do so on a rolling basis using the criteria set forth below.

The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans—whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.  The consumer bureau is working to educate, enforce and study.  Above all, this means ensuring that consumers get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their families—that prices are clear up front, that risks are visible, and that nothing is buried in fine print. In a market that works, consumers should be able to make direct comparisons among products and no provider should be able to build, or feel pressure to build, a business model around unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices. The Enforcement Division has jurisdiction over banks, credit unions, and other financial companies, and enforces federal consumer financial laws.

How to apply:

To apply for the externship, send a cover letter, resume, list of three references and unofficial law school transcript to:

Intern Coordinator
Enforcement Division

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Please indicate the program of interest (e.g. “Spring 2018 Externship”) in the subject line.

Legal Division 


The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans—whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products. The consumer bureau is working not only to write effective rules, but also to educate consumers, enforce the law and study consumer financial markets. Above all, this means ensuring that consumers get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their families—that prices are clear up front, that risks are visible, and that nothing is buried in fine print. In a market that works, consumers should be able to make direct comparisons among products and no provider should be able to build, or feel pressure to build, a business model around unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices.


The Legal Division serves as counsel to the Bureau, advising the Director on all legal matters; reviewing documents for clearance, rulemakings, enforcement, and other policymaking projects; handling defensive, appellate, and amicus litigation; managing and overseeing responses to Congressional requests for information; and ensuring compliance with federal ethics regulations and other federal guidelines. The Legal Division has three components: (1) General Law and Ethics (2) Law and Policy, and (3) Litigation and Oversight.

How to apply:

To apply for the externship position, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial law school transcript to Joseph Frisone, Joseph.Frisone@cfpb.gov.


The cover letter should include a statement that indicates how many hours per week you will be able to commit to the externship. Preference will be given to applicants who can commit forty hours per week. The cover letter should also include a statement affirming that you are a United States citizen.




Council on Environmental Quality


CEQ has law clerkship openings for the Spring 2018 (12-16 weeks each), and is accepting applications from highly motivated second and third year law students and recent graduates. Applications will be reviewed as they are received on a rolling basis. Clerks are supervised by CEQ's Office of the General Counsel, and provide critical research and writing assistance to both legal and policy staff on a variety of matters pertinent to CEQ's functions, including oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Through CEQ's participation in policy processes across the Federal government, clerks have the opportunity to perform diverse, substantive legal work, including: (1) Drafting memoranda on environmental, energy, natural resources, and general law issues; (2) Tracking Federal agency actions on environmental issues; (3) Attending interagency working group meetings; and (4) Assisting with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and other inquiries regarding CEQ's activities. Clerks also have the opportunity to help advise CEQ's policy teams on legal issues, and to analyze significant draft regulations through CEQ's participation in the interagency regulatory review process under Executive Order 12866.


How to apply:


Prepare the materials in the check-list below and combine them into a single PDF file addressed to the CEQ Attorney Advisor, Brooke Dorner. Name the PDF file using the following convention, indicating whether you are applying to the Fall class: Last Name, First Name- 2016 Fall Clerkship Application; e.g., "Smith, Jane - 2016 Fall Clerkship Application." Email the PDF file to internships@ceq.eop.gov, indicating in the email subject line that you are applying for the Fall Law Clerkship; e.g., "Fall 2016 Law Clerkship Application." CEQ will contact selected applicants to interview. Should you need to hear from CEQ sooner, please advise us of this fact by emailing internships@ceg.eop.gov or calling the CEQ mainline at (202) 395-5750 and asking for Brooke Dorner.


Required Application Materials:

1. Application form (available at


2. Cover letter (see instructions below)

3. Resume (1-page maximum)

4. References (see instructions below)

5. Law school transcript (most recent; an unofficial transcript is acceptable)

6. Writing sample (3-5 pages maximum)


Your cover letter should address the following: (1) interest in environmental, energy, and/or natural resources issues; (2) relevant coursework (e.g., Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Statutory Interpretation, and Legal Research and Writing); and (3) project management, leadership, and/or teamwork experience. Your cover letter should be no longer than one page and addressed to CEQ Attorney Advisor, Brooke Dorner. Your list of references should include three individuals who are able to speak to your legal research, writing, and ability to work well in a fast-paced office environment. This list must include at least one law school professor and one supervising attorney. Please list the name, title, organization, phone number, email address, and relationship with you for each reference.






The American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field with over 13,000 members. AHLA’s mission is to provide a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to 1) enable its members to serve their clients more effectively; 2) produce the highest quality non-partisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and 3) serve as a public resource on selected health care legal issues.

AHLA provides resources to address the issues facing its active members who practice in law firms, government, in-house settings and academia and who represent the entire spectrum of the health industry: physicians, hospitals and health systems, health maintenance organizations, health insurers, life sciences, managed care companies, nursing facilities, home care providers, and consumers. AHLA is looking for an energetic, hardworking, and disciplined 2L or 3L student for an externship at its offices in Washington DC. 

How to apply:

To apply for this externship, please address your formal cover letter and resume to Cynthia Conner, Vice President of Professional Resources and email both documents to Katherine Wone at kwone@healthlawyers.org. Only candidates chosen for an interview will be notified. No phone calls, please.



Office of Counsel to the Inspector General


The Office of Counsel to the Inspector General (OCIG) for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks second and third year law students with a demonstrated interest in government and health care law for fall legal extern positions lasting approximately ten to twelve weeks during the fall of 2016. The positions are unpaid and applicants must be participating in a school sponsored, for-credit externship program. Although program dates are flexible, selected applicants must commit to working a minimum of 20 hours per week.


OCIG promotes the mission of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) through timely, accurate, and persuasive legal advocacy and counsel. OCIG has three branches, each with a distinct focus. The Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch handles civil fraud and abuse cases involving Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs; works with the Department of Justice in resolution of civil False Claims Act cases; initiates administrative cases; and defends the decision to exclude providers from participating in Federal health care programs. The Industry Guidance Branch issues advisory opinions to the public and health care industry on whether an activity constitutes grounds for sanction under the Anti-Kickback Statute, Civil Monetary Penalties Law or other authorities, and provides legal advice to HHS and DOJ on the Anti-Kickback Statute. The Advice Branch advises on issues such as the scope and exercise of the Inspector General’s authorities and responsibilities; investigative techniques and resolution; and audits and inspections. OCIG will strive to give each extern an opportunity to work with all three branches though performing legal research, drafting briefs and correspondence, and writing legal memorandums to support OCIG work.

How to apply:


Submit cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and five-page writing sample.  Please submit all materials as a single .pdf file. A committee of attorneys reviews the applications and selects candidates for telephone interviews, if necessary. Offers are generally made by April. Candidates selected for an externship must submit to and pass a background investigation.


Submit Applications by Email: OCIG.LawClerks@oig.hhs.gov


Office of the General Counsel, Public Health Division

The Public Health Division of the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has two legal internships available for the spring 2018 term.  These positions, which may be filled full-time or part-time (minimum of 16 hours per week) are unpaid.

 The Public Health Division, one of eight Divisions of OGC, provides legal advice and services to all the federal agencies within the Public Health Service.  Therefore, interns get exposure to a wide variety of public health issues, such as health care reform, Indian health services, vaccine injury compensation, scientific misconduct, HIV/AIDS, community health centers, drug pricing, organ transplantation, etc.  Work assignments most often involve legal research and writing, litigation support, etc., but interns also have opportunities to attend meetings with the attorneys and their "client" agencies/programs, and to participate in public health law discussions.  We also have a mentor program, whereby interns are assigned one-on-one to an attorney mentor who serves as a general resource for the duration of the internship.  When possible, the intern is paired with a mentor who works in an area of health law that is of particular interest to the intern.

 The positions are located in Rockville, MD.  We prefer 2nd or 3rd year law students with a demonstrated interest in administrative or health law.  A healthcare-related background is a plus.  Please note that law school graduates cannot be considered unless they are enrolled in a course of study. 

Interested applicants should submit a current resume, unofficial transcript, and a writing sample by Monday, October 2, 2017, addressed to the attention of the OGC PHD HQ Intern Coordinator.  E-mail ogc-phdintern@hhs.gov and fax submissions (301-443-2639) are encouraged.  Please call Cynthia Shabazz-Spurr at 301-443-0409 with any questions.



The Spring 2018 https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476969500



Richard M. Bramer

NAGTRI Program Counsel

2030 M Street NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC  20036

202-326-6267 (office)





Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

Liam McKenna

Senior Counsel

(202) 226-0833



Office of Legislative Counsel

More information about the office may be found at this website: http://legcounsel.house.gov/

Students wishing to apply may submit a resume and the other materials specified in the attached posting by email at HOLC.Hiring@mail.house.gov .

Senate Judiciary Committee

               To apply with ranking member Senator Leahy, apply here.

               To apply with Chairman Grassley apply here.



Office for Civil Rights – Washington DC

More information is available here: www.ed.gov/ocr/frontpage/careers/careers-index.html.



Job Description 

CEQ Law Clerkship Opportunity: The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in the Executive Office of the President has a law clerkship opening for the fall of 2017 (12-16 weeks), and is accepting applications from highly motivated 2Ls and 3Ls. Clerks are supervised by CEQ’s Office of the General Counsel, and provide critical research and writing assistance to both legal and policy staff on a variety of matters pertinent to CEQ’s functions, including oversight of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Through CEQ’s participation in policy processes across the Federal government, clerks have the opportunity to perform diverse, substantive legal work, including: (1) Drafting memoranda on environment, energy, natural resources, infrastructure, and general law issues; (2) Tracking Federal agency actions on environmental and infrastructure issues; (3) Attending interagency working group meetings; and (4) Assisting with responses to Freedom of Information Act requests and other inquiries regarding CEQ’s activities. Clerks also have the opportunity to analyze recent case law and to help advise CEQ’s policy teams on legal issues.

Job Requirements 

CEQ seeks second and third year law students and recent law school graduates who are highly motivated, willing to contribute where needed, and able to exercise professional judgment and maturity. In addition, applicants must be U.S. Citizens. There are no curricular requirements for selection as a law clerk; however, CEQ prefers applicants who have completed environmental law, administrative law, legal research and writing, and statutory interpretation coursework, and whose work experience demonstrates a commitment to environment, energy, or natural resources issues.

For the Fall term, CEQ requires a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week; however, preference will be given to applicants available for 30+ hours per week. CEQ will work with students who seek school credit for their uncompensated, volunteer service to CEQ. Note: The White House has a zero-tolerance policy for drug use. You will be required to take a drug test prior to beginning your clerkship. Failure to pass the drug test will result in your immediate disqualification.

Documents Required

Application, Cover Letter, Unofficial Transcript, Writing Sample, Resume, References

Prepare the materials in the check-list below and combine them into a single PDF file addressed to the CEQ Attorney Advisor, Howard Sun. Name the PDF file following our convention: Last Name, First Name – 2017 Fall Clerkship Application Date Submitted; e.g., “Smith, Jane – 2017 Fall Clerkship Application 03-01-17.” Email the PDF file to internships@ceq.eop.gov, indicating in the email subject line that you are applying for a Fall Law Clerkship; e.g., “Fall 2017 Law Clerkship Application.” CEQ will contact selected applicants to interview. Should you need to hear from CEQ sooner, please advise us of this fact by emailing internships@ceq.eop.gov or calling the CEQ mainline at (202) 395-5750 and asking for Howard Sun.

Application Requirements

1. Application form

2. Cover letter (1-page maximum)

3. Resume (1-page maximum)

4. References (see instructions below)

5. Law school transcript (most recent; an unofficial transcript is acceptable)

6. Writing sample (3-5 pages maximum)

Your cover letter should address the following: (1) interest in environment, energy, natural resources, or infrastructure issues; (2) relevant coursework (e.g., Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Statutory Interpretation, and Legal Research and Writing); and (3) project management, leadership, and/or teamwork experience. Your cover letter should be addressed to CEQ Attorney Advisor, Howard Sun.

Your list of references should include three individuals who are able to speak to your legal research, writing, and ability to work well in a fast-paced office environment. This list must include at least one law school professor and one supervising attorney. Please list the names, titles, organizations, phone number, email address, and relationship with you for all references.



The Solicitor's Office runs an internship program for law students, and is currently accepting applications for fall 2017 internships. More information is available here: https://www.doi.gov/solicitor/intern_extern.

The Division of Land Resources provides legal advice to the Bureau of Land Management, the federal government's largest land management agency, on issues related to energy and minerals, conservation, grazing, timber, recreation, and realty, among other issues. Our division also provides legal support to the entire Department of the Interior on issues related to environmental reclamation.



USCCR seeks highly qualified legal and policy interns for Summer 2017.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan federal agency that performs fact-finding and civil rights analysis. It is charged with gathering information about discrimination and denials of equal protection because of because of color, race, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. The Commission produces reports on civil rights topics for Congress and the President and for public use. Examples of recent topics include: immigration detention, employment discrimination of LGBT people, policing, environmental justice, and voting rights. These reports, and other work of the Commission, can be seen at http://www.usccr.gov/.

Intern responsibilities:

The intern will work with the Commissioner and his or her Special Assistant, preparing the Commissioner for upcoming briefings and business meetings, assisting in the development of initial comments on Commission reports (including both substantive and redline/citation review), assisting in the development of Commissioner statements on Commission reports, and conducting daily research on emerging civil rights issues that the Commissioner may want to develop letters or other work on for consideration by the Agency.  The intern will conduct both legal and non-legal research related to case law, public policy, and current events, and will attend civil rights meetings/presentations by area organizations.

Exact dates and hours of the internship will be determined in consultation with the selected candidates. Unpaid.

To apply, please submit a resume, transcript, writing sample, and a cover letter addressing your interest in working with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Applicants may indicate in their cover letter if they have a preference for which Commissioner(s) they are seeking an internship.

Application packages should be submitted via email to Rukku Singla at rsingla@usccr.gov by March 31, 2017.




Solicitation for Applicants for Full- or Part-time Externs for Fall 2017 or Spring 2018


Civil Rights Corps, an innovative non-profit civil rights organization, invites applications from current law students to join our Washington, DC-based team for the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 academic semesters. Civil Rights Corps is dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system. We work with individuals accused and convicted of crimes, their families and communities, people currently or formerly incarcerated, activists, organizers, judges, and government officials to challenge mass human caging and to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom. Civil Rights Corps engages in advocacy and public education and specializes in innovative, systemic civil rights litigation with the goal of resensitizing the legal system and our culture to the injustice and brutality that characterize the contemporary American criminal system. Our ongoing litigation includes challenges to money bail, abusive private probation practices, debtor’s prisons, and driver’s license revocation. Details about our cases can be found at http://www.civilrightscorps.org.


Externs will have a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge civil rights cases in a fast-paced environment. Externs will work closely with Civil Rights Corps staff to investigate and challenge systemic injustice in the criminal legal system. Externs will participate in a wide variety of tasks depending on the organization’s needs and the externs’ interests, including, for example, drafting briefs, conducting legal research, reviewing documents, drafting letters, preparing legal memoranda, and interviewing clients and witnesses. Our ideal candidate will have an unflagging commitment to our mission, a sense of urgency about the need to disrupt a criminal system that devastates lives every day, and strong research, writing, and communication skills.


Although the externship is not paid, we will work with law school programs that provide funding or credit to law students.


Applications for Fall 2017 externships will be reviewed as they are received and should be submitted as soon as possible.  Applications for Spring 2018 should be submitted by December 15. Students should submit a resume, cover letter that states their interest in Civil Rights Corps and their availability (indicate full- or part-time and whether you are interested in a Fall or Spring externship), law school transcript, writing sample, and two references to attorneys Elizabeth Rossi (elizabeth@civilrightscorps.org) and Jonas Wang (jonas@civilrightscorps.org).





Government offices




CCR provides legal, engineering, and other technical advice and expertise to the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and the Federal Communications Commission regarding public safety and homeland security issues, particularly with respect to ensuring that communications networks are reliable, resilient, and secure.  CCR develops and recommends Commission and PSHSB policies on network and other infrastructure reliability, including 911 reliability, and other public safety issues as assigned.  CCR also administers the Commission’s information collection requirements with respect to communications reliability (such as network outage reports, disaster information reporting, and 911 reliability certifications) and performs analyses and studies on public safety, homeland security, national security, disaster management and related issues.

Unpaid Legal Intern/Extern

Internship Period(s) Fall 2017, Winter/Spring 2018 semesters; Summer 2018

General Duties: 

The intern will assist with analysis of a broad variety of legal and policy issues relating to potential and existing programs and regulations of the agency.  He/she will perform legal assignments which address Division/Bureau issues and that may involve technical or complex information.  Additionally, the intern will assist in the preparation of legal memoranda and other Commission documents.  The intern also may attend and participate in meetings with Commission personnel and outside parties.  The intern will staff attorneys and Division leadership in an often fast-paced environment on a variety of issues.  They may interact with industry counsel and other third parties on several issues.

Selection Criteria:

Seeking second and third year law students with strong analytical, research, writing, and communications skills that demonstrated a strong interest in communications law, public interest, or federal government.  Students must be enrolled in an accredited law school at least half-time to apply.  Students may apply during their first year of law school, but they must have completed their first academic year of law school before the internship starts. 

Application Materials:

Send application materials to Brenda Villanueva, Cybersecurity and Communications Reliability Division, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau at Brenda.Villanueva@fcc.gov.  A completed application packet should include: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and a brief writing sample. Interviews may be conducted by phone.

Additional Information:

If you should have any questions concerning this internship, please contact Brenda at Brenda.Villanueva@fcc.gov or (202) 418-7005.




Healthcare Division and Mergers I Division


The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition enforces the nation’s antitrust laws. The antitrust laws promote the interests of consumers, support unfettered markets, and result in lower prices and more choices. These laws prohibit anticompetitive mergers and business practices, such as monopolistic conduct, attempts to monopolize, and conspiracies in restraint of trade. The Bureau investigates potential law violations and seeks legal remedies in federal court or before the FTC’s administrative law judges. In addition to its enforcement work, the Bureau also provides guidance about the application of the antitrust laws to various stakeholders, including Congress, policy makers, other federal and state government agencies, foreign governments, industry participants, and the public.

The Bureau provides semester internships every spring and fall to 2L and 3L students. The legal intern program gives law students the opportunity to work closely with attorneys, economists, and other investigative staff on actual law enforcement investigations and federal court litigations. These positions are unpaid volunteer positions based in Washington, D.C.


The Health Care and Mergers I Divisions are currently seeking students for a spring semester internship. Interested students should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample (5 pages) to Jordy Hur (jhur@ftc.gov; 202-326-3178) in the Health Care Division and Meghan Iorianni (miorianni@ftc.gov; 202-326-2295) in the Mergers I Division no later than Friday, October 20th. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Descriptions for the divisions are below.


Health Care

The Health Care Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct—including price-fixing, group boycotts, exclusive dealing, monopolization, and mergers—involving physicians and other health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals and other institutional providers. A major focus of the division is the Commission’s effort to stop anticompetitive “pay-for-delay” agreements between pharmaceutical companies that unlawfully delay or hinder competition from lower cost generic drugs. This effort is one of the agency’s top law enforcement priorities.


Mergers I

The Mergers I Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The division reviews transactions in health care-related industries, including branded and generic pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution, medical devices, and consumer health products, as well as matters involving scientific, industrial, and consumer products. The division has also been active in technology markets, such as those involving internet advertising and audience measurement services.



Commercial Law Development Program, Office of the General Counsel

1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20230

ATTN: Salim Alchurbaji Telephone: (202) 482-2400

Fax: (202) 482-0006

E-mail: salchurbaji@doc.gov (Applications by e-mail only; NO PHONE CALLS)


The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), within the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of General Counsel, is uniquely tasked with providing technical assistance in the commercial law arena to foreign governments and private sectors of transitional countries in support of their economic development goals.

Most of CLDP’s activities are components of comprehensive assistance programs. These programs are customized to address key issues that are high priorities for both a host government and the firms interested in doing business in that country. Through these programs, CLDP actively helps to improve the legal and regulatory environment for U.S. businesses working in developing countries.

Projected No. of Volunteers:

3-5 per semester

Internship Location:

Washington, D.C. – Ronald Reagan Building – Federal Triangle Metro

Application Materials:

Cover letter (semester and dates when available), resume and transcript (official or unofficial).


Rising second and third-year law students and LL.M. candidates.  Students who are U.S. citizens, preferably fluent in a relevant foreign language (French, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Urdu, Russian) and are interested in international law including issues such as World Trade Organization accession, compliance with free trade agreements, protection of intellectual property rights, transparency, government procurement, standards, judicial reform, and energy law, including project finance, oil and gas exploration and power project development.

Application Deadline:

October 20th for Spring Program (January – April)

Early application strongly encouraged.

Minimum Time Required:

Min. 16 hours per week during the school year (full time also permitted) and 40 hours per week during the summer. Many students have previously received academic credit or stipends from their law schools.


Unpaid (without compensation) but eligible for transit subsidy


CLDP provides law clerks interested in international development, trade, and energy law, including project finance, oil and gas exploration and power project development, the opportunity to work both independently and as a part of a team in the design, development, and implementation of legal technical assistance programs for developing and transitional countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Maghreb, the Gulf, Latin America, and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe. Law clerk duties include: preparing case studies pursuant to legal research; drafting objective and legal memoranda on regional customs unions, trade and investment framework agreements, international franchising, and judicial systems; developing subject background papers on complex international and comparative law issues; and designing program



Website: http://www.cldp.doc.gov



Legal Internship Program

The White House OSTP seeks qualified law and LLM students to serve as legal interns during the Summer, Fall, and Spring terms.


·        U.S. Citizen

·        enrolled in an accredited law school or LLM program during the internship period.


Application Requirements:

·        Cover Letter

·        Resume

·        Writing sample

·        Unofficial Transcript

·        List of 3 References


Deadline for Spring 2018: October 10, 2017

For more information, or to apply, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/internship or email engagement@ostp.eop.gov