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The United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California accepts employment applications from attorneys interested in becoming Assistant United States Attorneys, law students interested in externships and non-lawyers interested in several types of jobs.

Employment for all positions is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation by the Department of Justice. This is a thorough investigation which includes checks with present and former employers, military records and credit bureaus. The investigation also includes verifications of tax filings and attendance at institutions of higher learning. Those who are selected are subject to drug testing by urinalysis.

EXCEPT WHERE OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY LAW, THERE IS NO DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE OF COLOR, RACE, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, POLITICS, MARITAL STATUS, DISABILITY, AGE, SEX, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, MEMBERSHIP OR NONMEMBERSHIP IN AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, OR ON THE BASIS OF PERSONAL FAVORITISM.

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Media Relations: Student Volunteer Extern

Job Description:

The United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California is seeking a student presently pursing an education in communications, media relations, law enforcement and/or community outreach to serve on an externship lasting up to one year. Applicants should also possess and demonstrated interest in the federal justice system, national security, and/or public service. The incumbent will work in support of the Public Affairs Section. This is a volunteer (non-paid) position all applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program at a college of university. Applicants must commit to working a minimum of 15 hours per week.

For an externship during the summer (June through August), applications should be submitted no later than December 15th of the previous calendar year (e.g. applications for the summer of 2020 should be received by December 15, 2019). Applications for semester externships must be received on a similar schedule. For fall semester externships, applications should be submitted no later than March 15; for spring semester externships, applications should be submitted no later than September 15 of the prior year. All externs undergo a partial background investigation before entering on duty.

If subject to Selective Service requirements, applicants must be registered with the Selective Service. The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer, and we welcome requests for reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Veterans are also encouraged to apply, and status as a veteran is a positive factor.

Students wishing to apply for an externship should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to the division(s) of their choice, as indicated below. If applying to more than one division/office, please indicate preference.

Duties:

  • Participates in selected media events
  • Briefs news media representatives
  • Arranges for press conferences on litigative cases
  • Prepares written material for dissemination and publication
  • Participates in planning, writing, and editing news releases

How to Apply

Applicants with interest in media relations, law enforcement and community outreach are strongly encouraged to submit their application by email and to indicate in the subject line when they would like to serve as an extern, e.g., “Application for Summer 2020.” Appointment is conditioned upon satisfactory pre-employment security clearance adjudication. This includes a review of credit history, tax payments, and fingerprint check. The pre-employment process takes approximately 90 days and must be completed prior to starting. Students wishing to apply for an externship should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample.

Tracy Webb
Director of Community & Law Enforcement Outreach
United States Attorney’s Office – Central District of California
312 North Spring Street – 1204 United States Courthouse
Los Angeles, California 90012

Applicants must email their applications to tracy.webb@usdoj.gov and to indicate in the subject line when they would like to serve as an extern (e.g., “Application for Summer 2019”)

Updated July 31, 2020

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