The Office of Information Policy manages the Department's responsibilities related to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which includes processing FOIA requests for the Senior Leadership Offices with the Department, coordinating and implementing policy development and compliance government-wide for the FOIA, adjudicating all appeals from denials by any Department component under the FOIA, and handling the defense of certain FOIA Matters in litigation. In addition, OIP promotes transparency and accountability across the government through training for FOIA professionals and reporting on FOIA administration.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Applicants will work primarily with one of three teams in the Office.
1. Administrative Appeals Intern will assist with the adjudication of FOIA appeals, will conduct legal research and provide legal advice involving inquiries and assignments related to the application of FOIA access laws.
2. Initial Request Processing Intern will assist in responding to FOIA requests, conduct research and analyze the contents of records to make disclosure determinations under FOIA, interpret and apply applicable statutes, rules, regulations, and executive orders as they pertain to FOIA requests.
3. Initial Request Litigation Intern will assist in responding to FOIA requests, conduct research and analyze the contents of records to make disclosure determinations under FOIA, interpret and apply applicable statutes, rules, regulations, and executive orders as they pertain to FOIA requests, and will also assist on cases in litigation, including reviewing court filings and drafting declarations.
Please indicate in your application which team/s you are primarily interested in working with.
For the Fall semester, interns should be able to start in early September. For the Spring semester, interns should be able to start by early January. We accept both full and part-time students during the academic year, and ask that all interns commit to at least 16-20 hours a week, for approximately 12 weeks. Interested candidates may be offered the opportunity to continue their service into the Summer. Please indicate in your application whether you are interested in full-time or part-time, and for part-time indicate the number of hours per week you are interested in working.
Applicants should have excellent academic credentials, strong research and writing skills, be detail oriented and have good interpersonal skills. This position is limited to U.S. Citizens only and successful applicants must also pass a background check prior to starting in our office.
Candidates should submit an application packet in PDF form to the Office of Information Policy including the following:
1. A cover letter describing your interest in an internship with the Office of Information Policy
3. Your most recent available academic transcript
4. Writing Sample
5. A list of three References
Please email packet to Laurie Day at Laurie.Day@usdoj.gov.
No telephone calls please.
For Spring 2021 internships, applications are due by November 10, 2020. Please mark "Spring Law Clerk" in the subject line of your email. OIP expects all interns to be able to work physically in the office. However, given the uncertainly surrounding COVID-19, OIP will work with interns to provide flexibility as circumstances may warrant during the semester, but also ensure that students fulfill their school requirements.
For Summer 2021 internships, applications are due by January 30, 2021. Please mark "Summer Law Clerk" in the subject line of your email.
For Fall internships, applications are due by June 1, 2021. Please mark "Fall Law Clerk" in the subject line of your email.