Volunteer Internships

 

Legal Internships Introduction

The Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice invites you to apply for volunteer legal internships in the Criminal Division sections listed below. Criminal Division Volunteer Legal Interns assist Division attorneys on a variety of case-related work, including: conducting factual research; digesting substantive materials and transcriptions of trial testimony or depositions; compiling, indexing, duplicating, and collating documents; preparing and organizing charts and other materials for use as exhibits in litigation; collecting, reviewing and analyzing information, including statistical and financial data, relevant to criminal cases and matters; editing documents, to include legal briefs, motions and other correspondence, and performing a variety of other duties which may be assigned. Interns also may have the opportunity to attend hearings, trials, and arguments for appellate matters. Interns also may assist Division attorneys in drafting proposed legislation and changes to federal rules and sentencing guidelines. Interns are offered opportunities throughout the summer to attend D.C. outings to destinations such as the National Archives, the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Superior Court, the Library of Congress, and the Pentagon.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students, as well as law school graduates who are enrolled in graduate law programs (e.g., L.L.M. programs) at least half-time, may also serve as volunteer interns. Interns may work from 8 weeks (minimum) up to 6 months (maximum) during an academic semester or summer session. These positions are volunteer (without compensation) or may be used for work-study credit.

Interested law students should apply directly to the Criminal Division Section of their choice. Applications may be submitted to more than one Section.

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace, and the candidate(s) selected will be required to pass a drug test to screen for illegal drug use. Internship opportunities are also contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation adjudicated by the Department of Justice.

For additional information on the conditions of employment for legal interns, please go to Conditions of Employment webpage.


APPELLATE SECTION (APP)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
905 Pennsylvania, Avenue, N.W.
Room 1264
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information: Appellate Volunteer Legal Intern Information
Note: Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample (10 pages or less), and transcript (official or unofficial) to App.Interns@usdoj.gov.


ASSET FORFEITURE & MONEY LAUNDERING SECTION (AFMLS)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
1400 New York Avenue, N.W.
2nd and 10th Floors
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information:
AFMLS Volunteer Legal Intern Information (Summer)


CAPITAL CASE SECTION (CCS)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
1331 F Street, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information: CCS Volunteer Legal Intern Information
Note: Applicants should e-mail (preferred) or fax a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample (10 pages or less), and law school transcript to: jeffrey.kahan@usdoj.gov
FAX:(202) 353-9779


CHILD EXPLOITATION AND OBSCENITY SECTION (CEOS)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
ATTN: CEOS Intern Coordinator
1400 New York Avenue, N.W.
6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information: CEOS Volunteer Legal Intern Webpage
Note: If mailing application, do not use US Mail. Please use FedEx, UPS, DHL or other courier service. Email ceos.interns@usdoj.gov or fax applications to (202) 514-1793.


COMPUTER CRIME AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SECTION (CCIPS)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
1301 New York Avenue, N.W.
6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information:
CCIPS Volunteer Legal Intern Webpage
CCIPS 2017 Semester Announcement
Note: Please send your application to ccips.interns@usdoj.gov or fax to (202) 514-6113 - ATTN: Intern Hiring Coordinator
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a short or partial writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), three references, and law school transcript (when available).


ETHICS OFFICE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
1400 New York Avenue, N.W.
5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information:  Summer Ethics Internship Information
Note: Please send inquiries and application to ethics.internship@usdoj.gov.


FRAUD SECTION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
1400 New York Avenue, N.W.
4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information: Fraud Volunteer Legal Intern Information
Note: Applicants must submit, a cover letter, a resume, a short or partial writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), a list of three references and an unofficial law school transcript to: FRA.Intern.Hiring@usdoj.gov - ATTN: Edward Crews, Intern Hiring Coordinator.


HUMAN RIGHTS AND SPECIAL PROSECUTIONS SECTION (HRSP)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
1301 New York Avenue, N.W.
2nd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information: HRSP Volunteer Law Intern Webpage
HRSP Legal Intern Announcement
HRSP Legal Intern, Summer Announcement
Note: For legal internships, please submit via e-mail a cover letter (including dates available), resume, writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), transcript (official or unofficial), and three references, to HRSPInterns@usdoj.gov.


NARCOTIC AND DANGEROUS DRUG SECTION (NDDS)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
145 N ST, NE, 2Con, Suite 300 Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information :  NDDS Volunteer Legal Intern Information
Note: Please send applications to ndd.interns@usdoj.gov, or fax to Stephen May, Intern Supervisor at (202) 305-9825.


OFFICE OF ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS (OEO)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
1301 New York Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information:  OEO Volunteer Legal Intern Information
Note: Please send your application to oeo.applications@usdoj.gov.
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover
letter, resume, writing sample, and a copy of the most
recent transcript.


OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (OIA)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
1301 New York Avenue N.W.
9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information:   OIA Volunteer Legal Intern Information
Note: OIA hires legal interns and interns at the undergraduate and graduate level.


OFFICE OF OVERSEAS PROSECUTORIAL DEVELOPMENT, ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING (OPDAT)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
1331 F Street N.W., 4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information:  OPDAT Employment Webpage


OFFICE OF POLICY AND LEGISLATION (OPL)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
More Information:  Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year


OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
905 Pennsylvania, Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information:  OAAG Volunteer Legal Intern Information


ORGANIZED CRIME AND GANG SECTION (OCGS)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CRIMINAL DIVISION
1301 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information: OCGS Intern Webpage
Note: Please submit the following information via e-mail to OCGSInterns@usdoj.gov: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript (official or unofficial) and legal writing sample.


PUBLIC INTEGRITY SECTION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
CRIMINAL DIVISION
1400 New York Avenue, N.W.
12th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20530
More Information:
PIN Lawclerk Intern Information
Note: Please submit, in a single .pdf document, the following information via email to pin.interns@usdoj.gov: cover letter, resume, short or partial writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), three references, and an unofficial law school transcript.

Updated October 31, 2017

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