Law Student Volunteer, Summer

Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section
Law Student Volunteer, Summer
1400 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States
About the Office: 

The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) leads the Department's efforts to take the profit out of crime. This includes prosecuting and coordinating complex, multi-district and international money laundering and asset forfeiture cases and investigations. AFMLS' prosecutors are involved in a variety of cutting edge cases, including the conviction of the founders of Liberty Reserve, a company operating digital currency services that functioned as the bank of choice for the criminal underworld, and the recent forfeiture of over $1.2 billion dollars from HSBC Bank for facilitating the laundering of at least $881 million in drug proceeds through the U.S. financial system and illegally conducting transactions in violation of U.S. sanctions laws. AFMLS also is responsible for implementing the Justice Department's Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, with a team of attorneys, investigators, and financial analysts dedicated to recovering the assets of foreign corrupt officials that attempt to seek safe haven for their stolen wealth in the United States. Finally, AFMLS also provides legal assistance and training to federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, and foreign governments and manages the Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds to victims of crime. For more information, please visit AFMLS' website at

Job Description: 

Interns work directly with our trial attorneys on issues relating to domestic and international asset forfeiture and money laundering cases and legal policy. Assignments will vary but can include legal research, drafting pleadings and motions, research and analysis of foreign money laundering standards and compliance, and assistance with legislative drafting. Interns also may participate in AFMLS-sponsored training.


Applicants must be in their first year of law school or beyond. Applicants should have: (1) a strong academic background, (2) excellent research, writing, and communication skills, and (3) a strong interest in criminal law, particularity in the areas of asset forfeiture, money laundering, or financial investigations.

Interns must work a minimum of 8 weeks, full-time or part-time (at least 15 hours/week).

Volunteer (without compensation). Academic or work-study credit possible.
Application Process: 

Please submit via e-mail a cover letter (including dates available), resume, transcript (official or unofficial), and a brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages). Application materials should be e-mailed to Please include "AFMLS Internship Application" in the subject line. Interviews generally will be conducted by telephone.

Deadline: January 15

Number of Positions: 
Up to 4
Updated April 7, 2016

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability (physical or mental), age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:   The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with targeted/severe disabilities are encouraged to register for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Shared List of People with Disabilities (the Bender Disability Employment Registry) by submitting their resume to and referencing "Federal Career Opportunities" in the subject line.  Additional information about the Bender Registry is available at  Individuals with disabilities may also contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC).  See list of DPOCs.    

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the United States Attorneys' Offices. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, non-U.S. Citizens may apply for employment with other organizations, but should be advised that appointments of non-U.S. Citizens are extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements.  Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his  or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).


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