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.
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.
Interns work with the Initial Request Litigation Team and will assist in responding to FOIA requests, conducting research and analyzing the contents of records to make disclosure determinations under FOIA, interpreting and applying 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.
For the Fall semester, interns should be able to start in early September or the end of August. 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.
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. Students must be in the Washington DC area and report to the Office at least one day a week. No fully remote internships are allowed.
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 2024 internships, applications are due by September 15, 2023. Please mark "Spring Law Clerk" in the subject line of your email.
For Summer 2024 internships, applications are due by January 15, 2024. Please mark "Summer Law Clerk" in the subject line of your email.
For Fall 2024 internships, applications are due by May 15, 2024. Please mark "Fall Law Clerk" in the subject line of your email.
OIP expects all interns to be able to work physically in the office. However, the office does allow remote work as part of the internship.