Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Law Student Volunteer, Summer
Washington, DC 20044
United States
About the Office: 

The Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) has responsibility for representing the United States in federal civil enforcement of all major environmental statutes, including CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is EES' primary client agency, EES also handles cases on behalf of DOI, USDA, and NOAA, as trustees of the national natural resources.

Job Description: 

Interns typically draft legal memoranda, motions, briefs and written discovery in actual federal cases; participate in conference calls and strategy planning sessions with DOJ, agency counsel and technical experts; and, when possible, attend depositions, negotiations or court hearings in Washington, D.C.

Internship Location:  Washington, DC

Minimum Weeks Required:  School year - complete Fall or Spring semester, or if school is on a quarter system, for the complete quarter.


Second- and third-year law students; excellent academic record and writing skills; background, experience or interest in environmental law, litigation or in public interest law.

Many students receive credit from their schools during the school year.
Application Process: 

ENRD has streamlined its application process for Washington, DC internship applications. Washington, DC internship positions now are advertised through the Symplicity job posting service (available in most law school career services offices) or this website.

Fall 2014: Fall 2014 applications for Washington, DC internships will be accepted until March 23, 2014.
To apply for a Fall 2014 internship in Washington, DC, submit by email to the following materials:

  • Section Application Form
  • Cover letter stating hours/days available to work;
  • Resume (which includes your country of citizenship);
  • Writing sample;
  • Copy of your most recent transcript (official or unofficial); and
  • Three references with contact information, including telephone and email (letters of recommendation not required).

Spring and Summer 2015: ENRD will begin accepting applications for its Spring and Summer 2015 Washington, DC internships in August. This website will be updated and an announcement will be listed through the career services offices on the Symplicity system at that time.

Application Deadlines:  Application deadlines follow the ENRD Washington, DC program dates (see announcement immediately above).

Number of Positions: 
Fall/Spring 8 - 13
Updated July 15, 2014

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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