Legal Internship Opportunities

The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) hires five to six current law students to work as Legal Interns each spring, summer and fall. These positions are volunteer (i.e. uncompensated positions for course credit) and are open until filled. Summer internships are full-time positions, while spring and fall internships may be part-time (must total a minimum of 120 hours for the semester for at least 8 weeks) or full-time, at the intern’s discretion.

Currently accepting applications for:

Spring 2018-2019 and Summer 2019


Second-year and third-year law students are eligible to apply. First-year law students are eligible to apply for the summer internship only. Prior to finalizing an appointment, all interns are required to undergo a security check, which includes a name and fingerprint clearance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a determination of suitability for employment based on the information a candidate provides in the security form. U.S. citizenship required. Applicants also must have lived within the United States for at least 37 of the last 60 months.


Legal interns work directly with the Section's trial attorneys on a variety of assignments, ranging from conducting legal research and writing to assisting in the investigation and prosecution of child exploitation and obscenity offenses.

Application Procedure

Submission deadlines for each semester:

  • Fall internship position, please submit no later than July 5.

  • Spring internship position, please submit no later than October 1.

  • Summer internship position, please submit no later than February 1.

We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning that the position may be filled prior to the application deadline.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and a legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length via email to The cover letter should be addressed to the “CEOS Legal Internship Coordinator.” It is best to send all documents in .PDF format.

You may also mail your application using FedEx, UPS, DHL or other courier service to:

CEOS Legal Internship Coordinator
U.S. Department of Justice
Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
1400 New York Avenue, 6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530

Note: If mailing application, do not use US Mail.

Updated July 16, 2018

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