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.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
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.
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.
Internship applicants must be United States citizens, and must have completed at least one year of law school before the start of the internship. Excellent research and writing skills with knowledge of Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw is required.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Summer Semester: April 15, 2016
Fall Semester: July 20, 2016