Law Student Volunteer, Summer
United States
About the Office: 

Opportunities are available in the Criminal Division's Fraud Section ("the Section") for qualified candidates interested in summer legal internships or academic semester legal internships (sometimes called "externships").

The Fraud Section is responsible for conducting grand jury investigations and prosecutions in cases that require centralized treatment because of the complexity of the scheme, the multi-jurisdictional nature of the criminal activity, the sensitivity of the issues, or the necessity for developing model prosecutions to establish the viability of a particular statute, theory, or technique.  Fraud Section investigations often involve business crimes such as financial institution fraud; Internet fraud; fraud in the insurance industry; international criminal activities in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and multi-district schemes that victimize consumers, such as telemarketing and other mass marketing frauds.  The Section's prosecutions also focus on fraud involving government programs, including health care fraud, procurement fraud, mortgage fraud, as well as investment and securities fraud.

Job Description: 

Legal interns will work directly with attorneys on cutting edge legal issues relating to a wide range of economic crime enforcement priorities.  Typical intern projects have involved researching novel legal issues, drafting litigation documents for active cases, analyzing policy proposals, and helping to draft Section publications.  The Section's work is national in scope and often involves some of the most significant and challenging corporate investigations within the Division.  We are looking for proactive and engaged interns.


First (second semester only), second and third-year law students are encouraged to apply.  Summer legal internships are full time and usually last between ten to twelve weeks.  The Section requires a minimum commitment of eight weeks.  The legal intern positions are unpaid.  Because of the sensitive nature of the work, applicants must pass a background check before a formal offer for an internship can be extended.  Please note the importance of the identified application deadlines.

Volunteer (Uncompensated)
Application Process: 

Summer legal internships:  The Fraud Section anticipates hiring several legal interns for Summer 2021.  Applications for Summer 2021 internships will be accepted until February 28, 2021.  Interviews will be on a rolling basis and will generally be conducted by telephone.

Applicants for internship positions must be enrolled in law school and have: (1) a strong academic background; (2) excellent research and writing skills; and (3) experience or interest in criminal issues.  We encourage applicants to identify their interests and how they relate to the work of the Section.  Applicants should understand that while the Section will attempt to match their interest to placement in the Section, assignments will be based on the Section's needs.  Applicants must submit via e-mail, a cover letter, a resume, a short or partial writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), a list of three references and an unofficial law school transcript to:

- Attn: Edward Crews, Intern Hiring Coordinator.

Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Relocation Expenses: 
Relocation Expenses will not be authorized
Number of Positions: 
Updated May 13, 2020

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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. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is 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. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

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