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OLP 2024 Volunteer Summer Legal Intern

POSITION LOCATION: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy, Washington, D.C. 20530.

QUALIFICATIONS: First- , second- , and third-year law students.  Excellent research and writing skills with Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw proficiency.  Demonstrated commitment to the Department’s mission and prior work experience with legal policy, legislation, regulatory matters, or judicial nominations preferred but not required.

Summer: May - August
Fall: August - December
Spring: January - May

Summer Internship: Receiving Applications December 1 - February 15
Fall Internship: Receiving Applications April 1 - June 1
Spring Internship: Receiving Applications September 1 - November 1

ASSIGNMENT: Legal interns will conduct legal and non-legal research and analysis, prepare memoranda and talking points, and assemble briefing books and other materials relating to legal and policy issues for the Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General, and other members of the office.

SALARY: For applicants who do not have access to law school, public interest, or other acceptable funding sources, a stipend may be available upon request.  Alternatively, interns can provide services in exchange for work-study credit.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit a cover letter (specifying the dates of your availability and preference for remote work or telework), resume, and your most recent law school transcript (can be unofficial) in a consolidated PDF file (the file name to be saved as: YourLastName_YourFirstName_Fall2022InternApplication) to the following address via e-mail (

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

OLP 2024 Volunteer Summer Technologist Intern

Hiring Organization

Office of Legal Policy (OLP)


950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530 - United States

Application Deadline

Friday, March 29, 2024

About the Office

The mission of the Office of Legal Policy (OLP) is to develop and implement the Department’s significant policy initiatives, handle special projects that implicate the interests of multiple Department components, coordinate with other interested Department components and other Executive Branch agencies, and serve as the primary policy advisor to the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General.  OLP also reviews and coordinates regulations promulgated by the Department and all of its components, and reviews draft regulations of other agencies that are circulated for review.  In addition, OLP assists the Attorney General and White House Counsel’s Office with responsibilities in vetting candidates for federal judgeships, and coordinates the judicial nomination and confirmation process with the White House and the Senate.

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.

Job Description

OLP technologist interns will conduct research and analysis on issues involving technology and legal policy; prepare memoranda, talking points, and technical reports; and assemble briefing books and other materials relating to technology for members of the office and other components of the Department. This is a substantive, hands-on internship: OLP interns attend and participate in Department meetings and calls, as appropriate, and will meet and learn from professionals throughout the Department.  By the end of the internship, students should have a better awareness of how their technical interests interact with legal policy, whether to pursue a career in government service, and how the Department and other government agencies operate.

Minimum Weeks Required

6 weeks, 40 hours per week.

Internship Location

Washington, DC; on-site.  Approval for occasional telework days will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


This internship is open to all graduate students in computer science, electrical engineering, information science, and similar technical disciplines.  Excellent technical analysis and writing skills are required.  The successful applicant will collaborate effectively with OLP and other Department colleagues, exercise sound judgment, and have a positive attitude.  Prior coursework, research, or professional experience in artificial intelligence or information security is required.

Demonstrated commitment to the Department’s mission and prior work experience with legal policy, legislation, or regulatory matters are preferred but not required.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter (specifying the dates of your availability), CV, references, and your most recent graduate school and undergraduate transcripts (can be unofficial) in a consolidated PDF file (the file name to be saved as: YourLastName_YourFirstName_Summer2024InternApplication) to the following e-mail address: (

Application Deadline

March 29, 2024. Please note that OLP will review applications and extend offers on a rolling basis.  Therefore, the hiring process may conclude prior to the March 29, 2024, deadline.


This position is unpaid. Applicants may be able to access academic institution, public interest, or other acceptable funding sources.

Number of Positions

Up to 4.



Relocation Expenses


[Same department policies as other internships.]