The mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office is to enforce federal law and defend the United States, consistent with the priorities of the Attorney General and the United States Attorney, recognizing the value and dignity of all people and the importance of strong relationships with the members of the judicial and law enforcement communities. The Civil Division is responsible for defending civil actions brought against the federal government, and taking affirmative civil actions to recover government money lost to fraud and to enforce civil rights statutes. The Criminal Division is responsible for prosecuting cases arising from a vast array of federal criminal offenses. Visit us online at www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae.
This is an uncompensated law student internship for summer 2021. The program will last 10 weeks. The tentative start date is May 25, 2021; however, a later start and end date may be negotiable for students from law schools with exam periods finishing in June 2021. Assignments are primarily research and writing, but interns are responsible for assisting attorneys with all aspects of case preparation, including researching legal issues, drafting pleadings, interviewing witnesses, and providing trial support. Interns may attend but not appear in court.
The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has impacted operations of the court and of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Assuming it is safe for an in-person program by summer 2021, the internship will be located at 2100 Jamieson Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, near the King Street and Eisenhower Metro Stations (blue and yellow lines). Living accommodations and parking will not be provided. Applicants should contact their law schools about receiving class credit or a public interest stipend.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens actively enrolled in an accredited law school throughout the 2021 summer (rising second– and third–year students). Prior to hiring, selected applicants must successfully complete a background review.
Please submit two (or three) PDF files in accordance with the below:
- The first should include a cover letter and resume, each no longer than a single page, in a single combined PDF attachment using the filename format LastnameFirstname (e.g., SmithJane.pdf).
- The second PDF should include a writing sample of no greater than 15 pages in a single combined PDF using the filename format LastnameFirstnameWritingSample (e.g., SmithJaneWritingSample.pdf).
- If you are a second-year law student, please also submit your current law school transcript using the format LastnameFirstnameTranscript. If you are a first-year law student, please submit your law school transcript using the same format when you receive your grades; if you receive partial grades and wish for them to be considered, please submit a partial transcript when you receive them.
Additional materials (including references) may be requested during interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis as soon as applications are reviewed. Applications for the Criminal Division must be emailed to USAVAE.CriminalIntern@usdoj.gov, and applications for the Civil Division must be emailed to USAVAE.CivilIntern@usdoj.gov. Please address your cover letter: “Dear Summer Intern Coordinators.”
Applications will be accepted starting Tuesday, December 1, 2020, and must be received by Friday, January 8, 2021. Applicants who submit early applications may be contacted regarding an interview before the application deadline. Applicants will only be contacted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for additional information or to schedule an interview, not to confirm receipt of your application. Interviews will be conducted by phone. The Criminal and Civil Divisions will interview and make their hiring decisions separately. Applicants are responsible for arranging and funding their travel and accommodations if selected.