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Employment In The District

Vacancy announcements and additional information on how to apply for positions in the Central District of Illinois are available on the Office of Personnel Management USAJobs website.

Legal Internships

Summer Law Intern Program

The Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) is the Department's competitive recruitment program for compensated summer internships. Selection for employment is based on many elements of a candidate's background including academic achievement, law review or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, and summer or part-time legal employment. The Department also considers specialized academic studies (including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees), work experience, and extracurricular activities that directly relate to the work of the Department.

Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment

Through the Volunteer Legal Intern Recruitment, the Department selects approximately 1,800 volunteer interns each year. Approximately 800 interns volunteer during the academic year, with approximately 1,000 volunteer internships offered during the summer. These positions are without compensation but are highly sought after because of the responsibility and experience they offer. A significant number of volunteer internships are with the 94 U.S. Attorneys' Offices, the 52 Immigration Courts, and other Department field offices nationwide. The remaining internships are with Department offices located in Washington, D.C.

Some volunteer internships qualify either for course credit or as part of a law school's work-study program. Interested students can contact their law schools for specific requirements. There are a very limited number of paid part-time positions.

Student Programs


The Pathways Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. This Program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). Vacancies for Pathways positions will be posted on as they become available.

Student Volunteer Program

Federal agencies and departments offer unpaid training opportunities to students in high school and college. These opportunities provide work experience related to your academic program. The program allows you to explore career options as well as develop your personal and professional skills. As a student volunteer, you will be exposed to the federal work environment and will learn about the missions and responsibilities of various federal agencies and departments.

Updated June 30, 2015