Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year
1400 New York Avenue, N.W., 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20530
United States
About the Office: 

The Child Exploitation and Obscenity (CEOS) prosecutes those who possess, manufacture, or distribute child pornography; those who sell, buy, or transport women and children interstate or internationally to engage in sexually explicit conduct; those who travel interstate or internationally to sexually abuse children; those who abuse children on federal and Indian lands; those who do not pay certain court ordered child support payments; those who transport obscene materials in interstate or foreign commerce; and international child abduction. CEOS attorneys assist in 93 United States Attorney's Offices in investigations, trials and appeals related to these offenses.

Job Description: 

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.

Internship Location:  Washington, DC

Minimum Weeks Required:  10

Qualifications: 

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.

Salary: 
These positions are volunteer (I.e. uncompensated positions for course credit) and are open until filled
Application Process: 

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and a legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length via email to ceos.interns@usdoj.gov (link sends e-mail). 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 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before and after the application deadline. Applicants can expect a response on the outcome of their application within approximately four to five weeks after the application deadline.

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.

Number of Positions: 
5 - 6
Updated September 26, 2018

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to resume@benderconsult.com and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at www.benderconsult.com.  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens/). Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates who have lived outside the United States for two or more of the past five years will likely have difficulty being approved for appointments by the Department Security Staff. The two-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

 

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