The Civil Rights Division (“CRT” or “Division”) of the Department of Justice (“Department”), created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, works to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans, particularly some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in education, employment, housing, police service, public accommodations and facilities, voting, and federally funded and conducted programs. The Division also has jurisdiction to enforce constitutional prohibitions on certain conduct by law enforcement agencies and public residential institutions, such as health care and correctional facilities.
The Division seeks eligible applicants with excellent interpersonal skills; strong written and verbal communication skills; strong research and analytical skills; and demonstrated interest or experience in the enforcement of civil rights laws.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens; dual citizens will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants further must meet the residency requirement. Specifically, for a total of three years (not necessarily consecutive years) of the five years immediately prior to applying for a position, the applicant must have: (1) resided in the U.S.; (2) worked for the U.S. overseas in a Federal or military capacity; or, (3) been a dependent of a Federal or military employee serving overseas.
Applicants must be students. The following students are eligible: undergraduate students who are enrolled at least half-time; public policy graduate students; first-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students; and law school graduates who are enrolled in graduate law programs (e.g., L.L.M. programs) at least half-time. All students must be in good academic standing and will be required to provide official documentation from their school. First-year, first-semester law students may apply after December 1 for internships the following summer.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, and positions, particularly for summer interns, may be filled before the deadlines indicated. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the process.
Summer Interns: Applications from 2Ls will be considered from October 15 through March 1 (and from 1Ls from December 1 through March 1).
Fall Semester: Applications will be considered from March 1 through June 1.
Spring Semester: Applications will be considered from June 1 through November 1.
Some sections may offer a winter program for students at schools that operate outside the traditional two-semester system. Applications for the winter program, if any, are accepted from July 1 to October 1.
To apply and for more information about each section's volunteer intern program, see the Civil Rights Division’s page https://www.justice.gov/crt/volunteer-and-paid-student-internships.