The Office of Public Affairs offers internships that provide undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to work in a fast-paced government communications office.
As the principal point of contact for the Department of Justice with the news media, the office is responsible for ensuring that the public is informed about the department’s activities, and the priorities and policies of the Attorney General with regard to law enforcement and legal affairs.
The Office of Public Affairs offers three internship programs as follows:
Media Affairs Internship: The media affairs intern will assist press officers with telephone calls from national news media, gather news clips, assist with interviews and press conferences, edit and issue news releases on a variety of topics, as well as other duties as assigned.
Individuals interested in this position should submit two writing samples in addition to the application materials listed below. Writing samples should not exceed 4 pages. Non-legal and non- academic writing samples such as essays, news articles, and blog posts are preferred.
Speechwriting Internship: The speechwriting intern will assist in drafting and editing remarks for the Attorney General, provide research assistance, and contribute to other communications projects. Individuals interested in this position should submit two non-legal writing samples in addition to the application materials listed below.
Digital Communications Internship: The digital communications intern will assist press officers with the research, drafting, editing and evaluation of social media and web communications projects on a variety of topics, as well as other duties as assigned.
Individuals interested in this position should submit two writing samples. Non-legal and non-academic writing samples such as blog posts, news articles or essays are preferred and should not exceed four pages. Social media, website, graphic design, video and/or photography samples may also be submitted.
Qualified candidates have a strong interest in or are seeking a degree in communications, public affairs/relations, media, journalism, and/or public policy and government. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are a must. Ability to handle multiple tasks and to work under pressure is also necessary. Previous internship experience is desirable.
The Office of Public Affairs is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Interns are requested to work at least three full days and most work all five days.
The Fall Program runs from September through December.
The Spring Program runs from January through May.
The Summer Program runs from June through August.
Internships are only offered as student work-study programs and are not for compensation. Students accepted for an internship may earn academic credit while working in our office. Information on academic credit programs can be obtained from school placement offices.
Applicants for an internship must be United States citizens. Please note that participation as a student intern is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to work in any capacity before his or her background investigation is successfully completed.
The Office accepts application requests for the Spring Program from August 1st to November 1st. Selected applicants must submit a completed security application package by December 1st and the Program will begin on the first Monday after New Year's Day.
The Office accepts application requests for the Summer Program from January 1st to March 1st. Selected applicants must submit a completed security application package by May 1st and the Program will begin on the first Monday in June.
The Office accepts application requests for the Fall Program from May 1st to July 1st. Selected applicants must submit a completed security application package by August 1st and the Program will begin on the first Monday after Labor Day.
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Materials may also be sent via postal mail to:
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Public Affairs
Attn: Intern Coordinator
950 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W. Room 1220, Washington, DC 20530
The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.