The National Security Division's Foreign Investment Review Section (FIRS) serves as DOJ's representative on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) - a multi-agency body that reviews acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign entities in order to determine the effects of the acquisition on national security - and Team Telecom - an informal inter-agency group that provides opinions to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as to whether granting particular licenses to foreign-owned or -controlled entities will pose national security risks.
FIRS attorneys review foreign acquisitions and provide recommendations regarding these acquisitions to the Deputy Attorney General, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and other senior leadership. Recommendations can include the negotiation and drafting of national security agreements and, in some circumstances, the drafting of recommendations to the President of the United States. Team Telecom reviews FCC license applications to determine if a proposed communication provider can pose a risk to national security that is sufficient to merit the imposition of mitigating measures or opposition to the license. FIRS attorneys also supervise compliance of national security agreements between the Department of Justice and foreign-owned U.S. businesses.
In addition to working with a variety of Justice Department components, FIRS works closely with the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury, Defense, and the Intelligence Community. FIRS also handles a variety of matters at the nexus of international trade, national security, law, intelligence, and policy and represents the Department in several inter-agency committees before the National Security Council.
In the above-described capacities, FIRS supports the mission of the National Security Division, which is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection.
Intern projects may include: researching facts and legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analyses, conducting intra- or inter-agency coordination, organizing contracts, evaluating contractual deliverables, preparing briefing material, conducting elements of national security risk assessments, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.
Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
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 is highly preferred.
Spring Internship: January-May (a minimum of two full days per week required)
Please submit a cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email to Marilyn.Shaifer@usdoj.gov
Spring 2020: All Students - August 31, 2019
Summer 2020: For current 2L students – November 1, 2019
For current 1L students – December 15, 2019 (Please note that we will not consider
Applications submitted before December 1, 2019).
Fall 2020: April 25, 2020