Internship Opportunities

Legal Intern | Administrative Intern

Legal Intern

The Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) at the United States Department of Justice seeks highly qualified law students to serve as volunteer interns during the Summer and Fall semesters of 2016.  A position as an ODAG intern provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience working in the leadership office of the Nation’s primary law enforcement agency and will provide interns with unique exposure to the justice system and its relationship with the White House, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and the public.  The internship is designed to provide students with a challenging experience that reflects the demands and rewards of public service.

Assignments

Assignments reflect the broad range of challenging, complex, and sensitive issues that come before the Department’s leadership, many of which involve programs and initiatives of national significance. Legal interns will conduct legal and non-legal research and analysis, prepare memoranda and talking points, and assemble briefing books and other materials relating to legal and policy issues for the Deputy Attorney General, Associate Deputy Attorneys General, and other members of the office.

Hours and Schedule

Summer Semester:  The internship program will last from June 2016 through August 2016
Fall Semester:  The internship program will last from August 2016 through December 2016

ODAG will consider part time and full time intern applicants. Part time interns are expected to work at least 15 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks. Full time interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks. Interns may work Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 6:00 pm. Applicants should indicate in their letter of interest whether they are applying to be a part time or full time intern.

Start dates will be determined upon selection and successful completion of all required background investigations.

Academic Credit

Applicants  will have completed at least one year of law school by the start of the internship.   Excellent research and writing skills with knowledge of Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw. 

Internships are only offered as student work-study programs and are not for compensation. Students accepted for an internship may earn academic credit while working in our office. If credit hours are desired, ODAG will coordinate with your institution and follow any necessary protocol to facilitate the awarding of credits.

Requirements

Internship applicants must be United States citizens, and must have completed at least one year of law school before the start of the internship. Please note that participation as a student intern is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation. No intern will be allowed to work in any capacity before his or her background investigation is successfully completed.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application that illustrates qualifications, character, and commitment to public service. A completed application includes:

  • A letter of interest (no more than one page in length);
  • Resume with 3 references;
  • Writing sample (2 to 4 pages in length);
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcript acceptable); and
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Please send all documents in .PDF format. All typed documents shall be double-spaced and use 12 point font. The letter of interest should be addressed to the "ODAG Intern Coordinator."

Because ODAG receives numerous applications, we request that students only submit one complete application. Submitting duplicate or incomplete applications may affect efficient processing of your application. If applying for multiple semesters, please submit one application and indicate the semesters for which you are applying in your letter of interest and also reference each semester in the subject line of the email (see instructions and example below).

Please apply by forwarding a complete application to:

By Fax:  202-514-9077

By Email:  odag.interns@usdoj.gov

Please use the following subject line format if applying by email:  ODAG Internship Application – NAME – Semester 2016.

Example:  ODAG Internship Application (Legal) – JOHN DOE – Summer/Fall 2016

Application Deadlines

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before and after the application deadline, so we encourage you to apply early. Positions are available for  Summer and Fall semesters.

Application Deadline:
Summer Semester:  April 15, 2016
Fall Semester:  July 20, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Administrative Intern

The Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) at the United States Department of Justice seeks highly qualified undergraduate students to serve as volunteer interns during the Summer and Fall semesters of 2016.  A position as an ODAG intern provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience working in the leadership office of the Nation’s primary law enforcement agency and will provide interns with unique exposure to the justice system and its relationship with the White House, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and the public.  The internship is designed to provide students with a challenging experience that reflects the demands and rewards of public service.

ODAG interns will perform a variety of substantive and administrative tasks including:

  • Answer the front office telephone lines
  • Assist with the preparation of daily schedules and briefing books;
  • Develop and prepare materials for internal meetings, briefings, and events;
  • Staff ODAG leadership, including the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chiefs of Staff, at official events;
  • Attend internal meetings and events and take notes to brief OAG staff;
  • Assist  in reviewing scheduling requests related to their respective portfolios and briefing the staff on such requests;
  • Perform substantive research on issues and topics assigned by ODAG staff;
  • Establish initial communication with internal and external event points of contact;
  • File all requisite documents, such as Electronic Country Clearance Cables (ECC), National Security Staff letter, visa applications, White House Mission Requests, requests for clearance certifications (via Office Manager), fund cite, entry and exit forms, customs forms, etc.;
  • Coordinate press advance issues with Office of Public Affairs staff and assist in gathering information for a press advisory before open press events;

Hours and Schedule

Summer Semester:  The internship program will last from June 2016 through August 2016
Fall Semester:  The internship program will last from August 2016 through December 2016

ODAG will consider part time and full time intern applicants. Part time interns are expected to work at least 15 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks. Full time interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week for 10 consecutive weeks. Interns may work Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 6:00 pm. Applicants should indicate in their letter of interest whether they are applying to be a part time or full time intern.

Start dates will be determined upon selection and successful completion of all required background investigations.

Academic Credit

Internships are only offered as student work-study programs and are not for compensation. Students accepted for an internship may earn academic credit while working in our office. If credit hours are desired, ODAG will coordinate with your institution and follow any necessary protocol to facilitate the awarding of credits.

Requirements

Internship applicants must be United States citizens. Please note that participation as a student intern is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation. No intern will be allowed to work in any capacity before his or her background investigation is successfully completed.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to submit a thorough application that illustrates qualifications, character, and commitment to public service. A completed application includes:

  • A letter of interest (no more than one page in length);
  • Resume;
  • Writing sample (2 to 4 pages in length);
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcript acceptable); and
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Please send all documents in .PDF format. All typed documents shall be double-spaced and use 12 point font. The letter of interest should be addressed to the "ODAG Intern Coordinator."

Because ODAG receives numerous applications, we request that students only submit one complete application. Submitting duplicate or incomplete applications may affect efficient processing of your application. If applying for multiple semesters, please submit one application and indicate the semesters for which you are applying in your letter of interest and also reference each semester in the subject line of the email (see instructions and example below).

Please apply by forwarding a complete application to:

By Fax:  202-514-9077

By Email:  odag.interns@usdoj.gov

Please use the following subject line format if applying by email:  ODAG Internship Application – NAME – Semester 2016.

Example:  ODAG Internship Application (ADMIN) – JOHN DOE – Summer/Fall 2016

Application Deadlines

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before and after the application deadline, so we encourage you to apply early. Positions are available for Summer and Fall semesters.

Application Deadline:
Summer Semester:  April 22, 2016
Fall Semester:  July 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Updated March 31, 2016