Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Foreign Investment Review Staff
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
Washington, DC 20004
United States
About the Office: 

The National Security Division’s (NSD) Foreign Investment Review Staff, United States Department of Justice (DOJ), seeks summer interns for positions located in Washington, D.C.

The National Security Division’s Foreign Investment Review Staff (FIRS) serves as DOJ’s representative on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) – a multi-agency body which reviews acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign entities in order to determine the effects of the acquisition on national security – and Team Telecom – an informal interagency group which provides opinions to the FCC as to whether granting particular licenses to foreign owned or controlled entities will pose national security risks.  FIRS attorneys review foreign acquisitions and provide recommendations regarding these acquisitions to the Assistant Attorney General and her staff.  Recommendations can include the negotiation and drafting of national security agreements for transactions which can only be cleared with temporary or permanent monitoring by CFIUS agencies and, in rare circumstances, the drafting of recommendations to the President of the United States.  Team Telecom reviews FCC license applications to determine if a proposed communication provider is under foreign ownership, control, and/or influence and can pose a risk to national security that is sufficient to merit the imposition of mitigating measures or opposition to the transaction.  FIRS attorneys also supervise compliance of national security agreements between the Department of Justice and foreign-owned U.S. businesses.  In addition to working with a variety of Justice Department components, FIRS works closely with the Intelligence Community and the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury, and Defense. 

In the above-described capacities, FIRS supports the mission of the National Security Division, which is to coordinate the Department’s efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security.  The NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection.

Job Description: 

Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.

Internship Location:  Washington, DC

Minimum Weeks Required:  Spring Internship: January - May (minimum 10 weeks) or January - August (minimum 10 weeks)

Qualifications: 

Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required.  Prior interest or experience in the area of victim's issues would be useful but is not required.

Salary: 
Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.
Application Process: 

Cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials via email to Ebony.Johnson@usdoj.gov.  Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

Department of Justice
National Security Division’s (NSD)
Foreign Investment Review Staff
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530

ATTN:  Intern Program Coordinator (Foreign Investment Review Staff)

Application Deadline:  Spring:  August 15, 2014

Number of Positions: 
1

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