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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 Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)

The Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP), formerly known as the Stay-in-School Program, allows the opportunity to gain experience in a wide area of fields that do not have to be related to your field of study. Job opportunities under this component offer you temporary employment ranging from summer jobs to positions that can last for as long as you are a student.

The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP)

The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP), formerly known as the Cooperative Education Program, allows students the opportunity to gain experience directly related to your field of study. Under this program, you are eligible for the full range of benefits such as health benefits, life insurance, retirement coverage and yearly within-grade increases. It provides formal periods of work and study while you are attending school. It requires a commitment by you, your school, and the employing federal agency. You may be eligible for permanent employment under this component after successfully completing your education and meeting work requirements.

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.

USAO Briefing Room

U.S. Attorney

James A. Lewis

welcomes you to the Central District of Illinois

Below 100

Below 100 is an initiative to reduce police line-of-duty deaths to fewer than one hundred per year.

Ready Illinois

Ready Illinois offers homeland security information and planning tips for emergencies and disasters.

Justice 101

A basic primer for the federal judicial system.