Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) hires one undergraduate student to work full-time as an Intern each spring, summer and fall. This position is volunteer (i.e. uncompensated position for course credit) and is open until filled.

Currently accepting applications for:

Spring 2018-2019 and Summer 2019


Junior and senior students are eligible to apply. Student must be enrolled either full-time or part-time in a college, university or comparable recognized educational institution. Students must be in good standing academically, and eligible to continue as an enrolled student in his/her respective institution. The ideal candidate thrives in a fast-paced, collaborative work environment, possesses strong writing and communication skills, demonstrates proficiency dealing with Internet and computer technologies and produces high quality academic results, evidenced by a B/3.0 or better Grade Point Average.

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.


32 (minimum) to 40 (maximum) hours per week; 3 months (minimum) to 5 months (maximum) during an academic semester


Interns will assist paralegal and attorney staff in performing legal and factual research and other closely related duties of a complex nature in support of the investigation and prosecution of complex criminal matters. This includes: digesting substantive materials and transcriptions of trial testimony or witness interviews; compiling, indexing, duplicating, and collating documents; reviewing and analyzing information, including statistical data, relevant to criminal cases and matters; preparing memoranda, discovery and other documents for attorneys; conducting factual research for a variety of purposes; preparing tables of contents, indexes for legal briefs, memoranda, and other such documents; specific problems and issues raised in litigation or correspondence; and performing a variety of other duties which may be assigned.


In addition to gaining experience working with the paralegal and attorney staff in support of the investigation and prosecution of criminal matters, interns will have the opportunity to attend on-site meetings and trainings with CEOS attorneys and, when available, observe pertinent litigation events in the D.C. metro area. 

Application Procedure

Submission deadlines for each semester:

  • Fall internship position, please submit no later than June 1.

  • 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 school transcript, and a writing sample via email to ceos.interns@usdoj.gov. The cover letter should be addressed to the “CEOS 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 Internship Coordinator
U.S. Department of Justice
Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
1400 New York Avenue, 6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

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

Updated July 16, 2018

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