Since its creation in 1987, CEOS´s mission has been to protect the welfare of America´s children and communities by enforcing federal criminal statutes relating to the exploitation of children and obscenity.
CEOS and its High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU), created in 2002, are the nation´s experts in prosecuting child exploitation cases, and in investigating high-technology child exploitation crimes. CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists help lead the Department of Justice´s efforts to continuously improve the enforcement of federal child exploitation laws and prevent the exploitation of children. CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists investigate and prosecute defendants who have violated federal child exploitation laws and also assist the 94 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals related to these offenses. In addition, CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists perform other vital functions within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, including providing advice and training to federal prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and government officials, and participating in national and international meetings on training and policy development. CEOS also works to develop and refine proposals for prosecution policies, legislation, government practices, and agency regulations. In all aspects of their work, CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists seek to blend investigative and prosecutorial experience with policy expertise in order to create innovative solutions to the threats posed by those who violate federal child exploitation laws.
The Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) hires five to six current law students to work as Legal Interns each spring, summer and fall. These positions are volunteer (i.e. uncompensated positions for course credit) and are open until filled. Summer internships are full-time positions, while spring and fall internships may be part-time (at least 16 hours per week) or full-time, at the intern's discretion.
Currently accepting applications for:
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.
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.
To be considered for a Spring 2016 internship position, please submit your materials no later than October 1, 2015. We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning that the position may be filled prior to the application deadline. Applicants can expect a response on the outcome of their application by November 1, 2015.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and a legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length via email to email@example.com. 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.