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 the following internship tracks:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Qualifications & Requirements

Qualified candidates have a strong interest in, or are seeking a degree in, communications, public affairs/relations, media and/or journalism.  Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure are a must.  Meticulous attention to detail in writing and editing is also necessary.  Previous internship experience in a communications-related position is desirable.

All applicants for an internship must be United States citizens.  All students who apply must have graduated from high school and be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student during the internship. 

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.

Additional Information

  • Work Schedules: The Office of Public Affairs is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Most interns work full time, but we require a minimum commitment of 20 hours a week.
  • Academic Credit: 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.

How to Apply

1. Choose an internship track: media affairs, speechwriting, or digital communications.  Indicate your choice on the intern application form.

2. Complete the following application materials to submit in PDF format only:

3. Submit completed applications including all materials listed above in PDF format only via email to by the deadline for the term being applied for.  Application review will be ongoing leading up to the application deadline.  Applications that are received after the deadline or that do not have all of the required material (in PDF format) may not be considered.


Spring Program  (internships run the second Monday after New Year’s Day through the Friday before Memorial Day)
  • Applications are accepted until October 1st.
  • Selected applicants must submit a completed security application package by November 15.

Summer Program (internships run the first Monday after Memorial Day through the second to last Friday in August)

  • Applications are accepted until February 1st.
  • Selected applicants must submit a completed security application package by April 15.

Fall Program (internships run the first Monday after Labor Day through December 15)

  • Applications are accepted until June 1st.
  • Selected applicants must submit a completed security application package by July 15.


Questions regarding internships, applications, or materials should be directed to:

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Updated February 14, 2019

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