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Law Student Internship Summer 2017


United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia

Alexandria Division

Summer 2017 Law Student Internship

About the Office — The mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office is to enforce federal law and defend the United States, consistent with the priorities of the Attorney General and the United States Attorney, recognizing the value and dignity of all people and the importance of strong relationships with the members of the judicial and law enforcement communities. The Civil Division is responsible for defending civil actions brought against the federal government, and taking affirmative civil actions to recover government money lost to fraud and to enforce civil rights statutes. The Criminal Division is responsible for prosecuting cases arising from a vast array of federal criminal offenses. Visit us online at

Program Description — This is an uncompensated law student internship for summer 2017. The program will last 10 weeks, from May 30, 2017, through August 4, 2017. Assignments are primarily research and writing, but interns are responsible for assisting attorneys with all aspects of case preparation, including researching legal issues, drafting pleadings, interviewing witnesses, and providing trial support. Interns may attend but not appear in court. The internship will be located at 2100 Jamieson Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, near the King Street and Eisenhower Metro Stations (blue and yellow lines). Living accommodations and parking will not be provided. Applicants should contact their law schools about receiving class credit or a public interest stipend.

Qualifications — Applicants must be U.S. citizens actively enrolled in an accredited law school throughout the 2017 summer (rising second­– and third–year students). Prior to hiring, selected applicants must successfully complete a background review.

Application Materials — Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample of no greater than 10 pages, and (if available) law school transcript in a single combined PDF attachment using the file format LastnameFirstname (e.g., SmithJane.pdf). Additional materials may be requested during interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. To accommodate travel schedules, students who will be near Alexandria, Virginia, during Winter Break periods should submit their applications early and indicate when they will be in the area. Applications for the Criminal Division must be emailed to, and applications for the Civil Division must be emailed to Please address your cover letter: “Dear Summer Intern Coordinators.”

Application Deadline and Interview Process — Applications will be accepted starting Thursday, December 1, 2016, and must be received by Friday, January 13, 2017.  Please note that this deadline has been extended and was previously December 16, 2016. Applicants who submit early applications may be contacted regarding an interview before the application deadline. Applicants will only be contacted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for additional information or to schedule an interview, not to confirm receipt of your application. In‑person interviews will be conducted at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia, or in special circumstances by video teleconference in consultation with another U.S. Attorney’s Office. No phone interviews will be held. The Criminal and Civil Divisions will interview and make their hiring decisions separately. Applicants are responsible for arranging and funding their travel and accommodations.

Department Policies — The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or non‑membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

Updated January 6, 2017

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