The FARA Unit enforces and administers the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. § 611 et seq. (“FARA” or “the Act”). FARA requires persons in the United States who are acting as agents of foreign principals, and engaged in certain specified activities, to disclose their relationship with and activities for the foreign principal. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that the American public and its lawmakers know the source of information intended to influence public opinion, policy, and laws, thereby facilitating informed evaluation of that information by the government and the American people.
The FARA Unit assesses registration obligations, provides legal advice and guidance in the development of cases for prosecution, engages in civil litigation, and assists the United States Attorney’s Offices. The FARA Unit also reviews and evaluates registration statements filed by foreign agents to ensure compliance with the Act; and inspects the books and records of registered foreign agents. In addition, the FARA Unit analyzes legislation affecting domestic and foreign lobbyists, prepares legal positions, and comments and legislative amendments.
The Intern(s) will support the entire mission of the FARA Unit, reporting to the Deputy Section Chief, with coordinated assignments tasked by the Senior Counsel for FARA Administration, as well as the FARA Unit’s Supervisory Program Manager. The Intern(s) will research legal questions and draft memoranda, letters, inspection reports, and advisory opinions. The Intern(s) will also review registration documents, conduct investigations, inspect foreign agent books and records, assess registration obligations, prepare briefing materials, respond to telephone inquiries, assist with presentations and supporting materials, and provide support for special projects.
Open to all law students who satisfy the following requirements. Applicants do not need a security clearance, although such a clearance would be an asset. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in national security or criminal litigation is highly preferred. Courses such as Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Trial Practice are also helpful.
If interested in applying, please send a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample (not to exceed ten pages), an unofficial law school transcript (if available), and the contact information for three references, via email, to CES_Intern_Applications@usdoj.gov. Please cc: Jacqueline.Prim@usdoj.gov.
Please combine all materials into one PDF. The subject line should read: [LAST NAME] - CES FARA 2021 (Spring, Summer or Fall) Internship Application.
Spring 2021: All Students - August 15, 2020
Summer 2021: For Current 2L Students - November 1, 2020
For Current 1L Students - December 15, 2020 (Please note that we will not consider applications submitted before December 1, 2020).
Fall 2021: All Students - April 15, 2021