The Office of Chief Counsel provides legal services and guidance to all components of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in matters that arise in the conduct of the DEA mission to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States. The Office provides legal support to DEA by analyzing the legal implications involved in policy decisions; advising and training DEA personnel worldwide on criminal, civil, and regulatory issues; reviewing pertinent legislation and regulations affecting DEA operations; and representing DEA in civil and administrative litigation.
DEA's Office of Chief Counsel offers interns the opportunity to work closely with attorneys in all of the Office's practice areas, to include: Administrative Law; Asset Forfeiture; Civil Litigation; Diversion and Regulatory Policy and Litigation; Domestic Criminal Law; International Law; Legal Training; Legislative Affairs; and Technology Law. Interns can expect to conduct research, draft memoranda, motions, and correspondence, interact with agency officials, and perform other tasks as required. Interns will be assigned a mentoring attorney, and will be encouraged to work in a variety of subject areas in which they have an interest. A program goal is to give interns the opportunity to develop at least one (and probably more) polished, releasable writing samples. Although the position is uncompensated, the Office will work with law schools to secure academic or work-study credits.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in law school, have a strong academic background, excellent research and writing skills, experience with or a demonstrated interest in public service, and mature judgment. Due to the sensitive nature of the work, applicants must pass a background check, including a drug use questionnaire, before then can begin the internship. Applicants must be able to work a minimum of 8 weeks (more is encouraged); for 40 hours per week (35 if the intern is participating in a law school program that involves class time).
NOTE: Applicants who are found, through investigation or personal admission, to have experimented with or used narcotics or dangerous drugs, except those medically prescribed, will not be considered for employment with DEA. Exceptions to this policy may be made for applicants who admit to limited youthful and experimental use of marijuana. Such applicants may be considered for employment if there is no evidence of regular, confirmed usage and the results of the other steps in the process are otherwise favorable. Compliance with this policy is an essential requirement of the position. All applicants must complete and submit the DEA Drug Questionnaire with their application package.
Send a cover letter (including dates when available), resume, transcript (official or unofficial), writing sample, and DEA Drug Questionnaire, attention Carol Wilkinson, Intern Program Coordinator, to:
DEALawClerk@USDOJ.gov (Application by email preferred)
Drug Enforcement Administration
8701 Morrissette Dr.
Springfield, VA 22152-1080
ATTN: Carol Wilkinson, Intern Program Cooridinator
Fax: 202 307-3603
Application deadline: January 31.