The Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice invites you to apply for 2011 volunteer legal internships in the Criminal Division sections listed below. Criminal Division Volunteer Legal Interns assist Division attorneys on a variety of case-related work, including: evidence review, witness interviews, factual analysis, legal research, indictment drafting, plea negotiations, motion practice, trial preparation, and brief writing, among other tasks. Interns also may have the opportunity to attend hearings, trials, and arguments for appellate matters. Interns also may assist Division attorneys in drafting proposed legislation and changes to federal rules and sentencing guidelines. Interns are offered opportunities throughout the summer to attend D.C. outings to destinations such as the National Archives, the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Superior Court, the Library of Congress, and the Pentagon.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students, as well as law school graduates who are enrolled in graduate law programs (e.g., L.L.M. programs) at least half-time, may also serve as volunteer interns. Interns may work from 8 weeks (minimum) up to 6 months (maximum) during an academic semester or summer session. These positions are volunteer (without compensation) or may be used for work-study credit.
Interested law students should apply directly to the Criminal Division Section of their choice. Applications may be submitted to more than one Section.
The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace, and the candidate(s) selected will be required to pass a drug test to screen for illegal drug use. Internship opportunities are also contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation adjudicated by the Department of Justice.
For additional information on the conditions of employment for legal interns, please go to Conditions of Employment webpage.