Washington Center

Spring 2019 Externship Opportunities

UCDC Law Program Placements: Spring 2019 

Below is a sample list of opportunities in Washington DC  

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

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/



Civil Rights Corps


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 Spring 2019 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.


Applications for Spring 2019 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  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 Dami Animashaun [mailto:dami@civilrightscorps.org)and Jonas Wang (jonas@civilrightscorps.org).


Future of Privacy Forum

The Future of Privacy Forum is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF brings together industry, academics, consumer advocates, and other thought leaders to explore the challenges posed by technological innovation and develop privacy protections, ethical norms and workable business practices. FPF helps fill the void in the “space not occupied by law” which exists due to the speed of technology development. As “data optimists,” we believe that the power of data for good is a net benefit to society, and that it can be well-managed to control risks and offer the best protections and empowerment to consumers and individuals. www.fpf.org

 FPF seeks legal interns to support Policy Counsel responsible for developing and evaluating data practices in the consumer and commercial sector by shaping corporate practices, engaging with regulators and government agencies, and providing thought leadership in a variety of settings. Issue portfolios will include privacy concerns related to current commercial and consumer technologies such as – but not limited to – Big Data and the Internet of Things, connected cars, student data, ad tracking, mobile location data use, smart cities, deidentification standards, algorithms, and biometrics and AI. Positions located in the Washington D.C. office.

                  Law School Class Levels: 1L, 2L, 3L, LLM, 

                  Additional Documents: Cover Letter [Required]; Writing Sample [Required]

Send materials to:

Brenda Leong

Senior Counsel and Director of Strategy

Future of Privacy Forum

202.792.8801 | bleong@fpf.org | 


National Center for Youth Law  Job Description

Legal internships


The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is seeking law students to work in its Oakland

and Washington DC offices during Spring and Summer 2019.  Law clerks will work closely with NCYL attorneys on projects impacting low-income children and youth.  NCYL is interested in applicants with a strong commitment to social justice.  In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, clerks will research novel issues within youth law, write legal and policy memoranda, and assist in ongoing litigation, policy, and legislative efforts.  Clerkship application review will occur on a rolling basis.  Interested applicants can contact Crystal Adams at cadams@youthlaw.org.  Click here for more information re: the Oakland position; here for DC.  


Senate HELP Committee https://www.help.senate.gov/about. Please contact Nicole Lehtman for application instructions

House Judiciary Committee https://judiciary.house.gov/Please contact Nicole Lehtman for application instructions

Senator Feinstein, Judiciary Committee. Please contact Nicole Lehtman for application instructions

Senator Harris. Instructions on applying for law clerkships  https://www.harris.senate.gov/services/internships. Application Period - Deadline April 30 – June 15.

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the House of Representatives (Republican Staff)

Legal interns will have the opportunity to participate in substantive work on investigations and legislation, attend hearings and briefings, and participate in an intern education program.

The strongest candidates will exhibit an excellent work ethic, discretion in working on confidential matters, and be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the Committee’s work.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, unedited writing sample, and cover letter detailing their interest in the position to Michael.Watson@mail.house.gov and Robert.Brooks@mail.house.gov.



Application: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/508174000.  Application Closes October 17. 



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.

Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Railroad Administration

Is looking to have an intern during spring semester 2018. 

The Office of Chief Counsel comprises about 45 attorneys and typically has three legal interns each year (one each for spring, summer, and fall).  As the posting describes, past interns have gotten a variety of substantive legal projects (from administrative decisions to enforcement cases to personnel matters) and have interacted with many attorneys around the office in addition to the assigned supervisor/mentor.  It’s a great opportunity for students seeking an introduction to legal work in the government.

Please email applications to:

Michael Masci  


Senior Trial Attorney

Federal Railroad Administration

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, 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.

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

Title:  Staff Assistant

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

Telephone:  (202) 622-1912




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 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, Mergers I, and Mergers III Divisions are currently seeking students for a fall semester internship. The Health Care and Mergers I Divisions are accepting applications for both part-time and full-time interns. The Mergers III Division is accepting applications for full-time interns only. 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, Meghan Iorianni (miorianni@ftc.gov; 202-326-2295) in the Mergers I Division, and Kara Reid (kreid2@ftc.gov; 202-326-2015) in the Mergers III Division. 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.


Mergers III

The Mergers III Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct in the context

of mergers and acquisitions. The division reviews transactions in the oil, gasoline, and natural gas industries, including pipelines and terminals. In recent years, Mergers III has also reviewed mergers in other industries, including industrial spray equipment, real estate and property-related products and services, digital databases and information services, and industrial manufacturing and distribution. Mergers III also helps prepare the FTC’s annual report on concentration in the ethanol industry, and enforces the Commission’s rule preventing market manipulation in wholesale petroleum markets.




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

Office of Justice Programs - https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-academic-year-1

Environment and Natural Resources Division

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) is seeking out applicants for its Spring 2019 law clerk program in Washington, D.C.

The Environment and Natural Resources Division litigates in five key areas: pollution, lands and natural resources, wildlife, Indian resources, and land acquisition. Attorneys represent many federal agencies by preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases, appeals, and by defending challenged federal agency actions arising from well over 100 federal environmental laws. Cases are at the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources practice. The Division’s work protects our environment for future generations.

We are looking for law clerks who have strong academic qualifications, research and writing skills, and those who have an interest in litigation, environmental law, and/or public interest law. Our application period closes April 22nd.

Application Instructions: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/fall-2018-law-clerk-washington-dc

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.

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 along side 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.


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




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.


DOJ, Tax Division

The Tax Division represents the United States in courts across the country in a wide spectrum of interesting and cutting-edge cases involving issues arising under federal tax law. Our Division is ranked as "one of the best places to work" in 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

Tax Division is accepting applications from law students who wish to volunteer during the fall semester, and the deadline is May 1, 2018.  As set forth in the job announcement link – https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-fall-2018-0  – we generally hire approximately 15 interns during the academic semester.   

Dara B. Oliphant

Counsel, Office of Management and Administration

Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice

(e) dara.b.oliphant@usdoj.gov

Civil, Appellate

The Appellate Staff of the Civil Division prepares appellate briefs and presents oral argument in the thirteen federal courts of appeals and state appellate courts, representing the United States and its agencies and officers in some of the most high-profile and sensitive litigation in the country. The Staff also prepares recommendations for or against further review in cases that the government loses in the district courts or courts of appeals. In addition, the Staff prepares draft certiorari petitions, briefs in opposition to certiorari petitions, and Supreme Court merits briefs on behalf of the Solicitor General's office in all cases within the Civil Division's subject matter areas. The Staff's litigation covers a wide variety of important legal issues, including cases involving separation of powers, federalism/preemption, First Amendment, Second Amendment, Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses, administrative law, False Claims Act, Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act, commercial litigation, intellectual property law, tort claims, employment discrimination, representation of individuals charged with constitutional violations of a person's rights (Bivens cases), national security, and international law.


 Job Description: 

Interns typically perform legal research, write memoranda, and prepare initial drafts of appellate briefs. In addition to case law and treatise research, assignments often entail searching legislative history to aid in statutory interpretation issues. Interns also participate as judges in moot courts with staff attorneys and are encouraged to attend oral arguments in the District of Columbia and Federal Circuits.


Candidates must be current law students who will have completed at least one year of law school by the start of the internship. Candidates must have excellent writing skills and high academic standing. Candidates must also be U.S. citizens or nationals, must have resided at least three of the past five years in the United States, and must successfully complete a background investigation.

Application Process: 

All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript (unofficial versions accepted). Applicants who are currently 1Ls are also required to submit an undergraduate transcript (unofficial versions accepted). An undergraduate transcript is optional for 2L and 3L applicants.

Applications should be sent by email to Sonia Carson, Melissa Patterson, and Ben Shultz at civapp.internjobs@usdoj.gov (link sends e-mail) .

Application Deadline: Applications for fall- or spring-semester positions are accepted on a rolling basis, and positions are typically filled several months in advance. Please indicate the semester for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.

DOJ, Federal Tort Claims Act Section 

Spring 2019  - https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-academic-year-47  




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 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, http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq

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 patticipation 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 — Washington DC


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.

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 - http://oig.hhs.gov/about-oig/careers/internship.asp#ocig

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 lawThe 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:


Deadline is April 27, 2018.  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 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.


Department of Agriculture, US Forest Service, Ecosystem Management Coordination Staff


Seeks a national litigation intern to perform work related to National Litigation Coordination and natural resources law compliance. The Intern formulates national policies and direction, and provides agency-wide leadership and coordination in the legal aspects of the development, amendment, revision and implementation of natural resource management actions.

Interested students can reach out to Greg Perkins, J.D., Litigation Specialist, Forest Service at gperkins@fs.fed.us; (202) 205-1185.


National Association of Attorneys General

Richard M. Bramer

NAGTRI Program Counsel

2030 M Street NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC  20036

202-326-6267 (office)




Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights – Washington DC

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

Department of Interior

The Solicitor's Office runs an internship program for law students, and is currently accepting applications.  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.



U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Commissioners of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights seek highly qualified legal and policy interns. 

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.


U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC)

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), based in Washington, D.C., is seeking part- or full-time legal externs for fall 2018.  OSC is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency that provides a safe channel for federal employees to disclose wrongdoing, protects federal whistleblowers, and enforces the Hatch Act, among other civil service laws.  Externs will work in OSC’s Retaliation and Disclosure Unit (RDU) to evaluate disclosures of wrongdoing and allegations of whistleblower retaliation in the federal government.  In some cases, RDU refers allegations of wrongdoing to the head of the involved federal agency for investigation, and sends reports to the President of the United States.  RDU also investigates and, where appropriate, prosecutes agencies accused of retaliating against whistleblowers.  RDU attorneys engage in settlement negotiations where appropriate.  Law clerks may assist in all aspects of RDU’s casework, including evaluating allegations of wrongdoing, reviewing and analyzing documentary evidence, preparing for and attending interviews, and assisting in the drafting of legal correspondence.  Law clerks will gain exposure to diverse areas of law, including federal personnel law, ethics, constitutional law, labor and employment law, administrative law, and civil procedure, and work with a very collaborative group of attorneys.  Law clerks will also have the opportunity to produce a writing sample before the end of the internship.  Positions are unpaid, but may be used for class credit.  RDU is accepting applications on a rolling basis, until positions are filled.  Submit a resume and cover letter, subject line “OSC Externship Fall 2018,” to Karen Tanenbaum at ktanenbaum@osc.gov. Feel free to email me here or call directly with any questions and next steps (my number is below).