Student Employment Program
Student Employment through the Tax Division/DOJ Pathways Internship Program:
The Pathways Internship Program provides Federal employment opportunities to students enrolled in a variety of educational institutions, allowing students to explore federal careers while in school. The Tax Division employs students through this program to provide support to the Division’s litigation and administrative functions.
Interested candidates must apply under a vacancy announcement for specific internship positions. Announcements, when posted, may be found at USAJOBS, on the DOJ Pathways vacancy site, or on the Tax Division employment page (http://www.justice.gov/tax/vacancies.htm).
The Tax Division employs paid law student interns as part of the Department’s Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP), and throughout the school year, offers volunteer legal internships. Legal interns, whether compensated or volunteer, may be placed in any of the Division’s litigating sections.
All legal interns in the Tax Division can expect to work closely with Division attorneys and are frequently asked to research legal issues that arise in pending cases. Interns may prepare legal memoranda and draft pleadings, briefs, motions, and other legal documents. Interns may assist with discovery, including drafting interrogatories, document requests, and subpoenas. Interns may have the opportunity to help attorneys prepare for arguments, trials, hearings, and depositions and may have the opportunity to attend and observe those that are local. The Division attempts to ensure that interns assist in as many aspects of the Division's work as possible, and that interns are provided written or oral feedback on their assignments.
To fill these positions, the Tax Division seeks law students with a strong academic record and excellent legal research and writing skills. Interns must be able to grasp issues quickly, conduct thorough and accurate research, and write clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
The Tax Division frequently has a number of students working in various capacities, either on a part-time basis during the school year or full-time during the summer.
Additional information on the Pathways Program is available at http://www.justice.gov/careers/student_programs.html and http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/interns/.