Office of Inspector General (OIG) invites law students who will have completed at least their first year to apply for internship opportunities with OIG’s Legal Section. The internship experience will provide students with an opportunity to gain substantive legal experience in the areas of internal investigations, labor and employment law, criminal law and procedure, governmental oversight, governmental ethics, and compliance.

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, however applications should be submitted no later than September 30 for fall, December 15 for spring, and April 1 for summer. Applicants should indicate when they wish to intern (fall, spring or summer) and their weekly time commitment. These are temporary positions. The numbers of positions available are limited.

Applicants must demonstrate good judgment, high ethical standards, and strong analytical and writing skills. The internship is unpaid. However, externship course credit may be available through the student’s law school.

NOTE: Applications must be submitted by the individual applying. No second party applications will be accepted. The office of inspector general requires that its employees be nonpartisan and free from conflicts of interest. Applicants must agree to a background check.


  • Must be a candidate for a Juris Doctorate degree at an accredited law school.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale or a 3.75 on a 5.0 grading scale.
  • Completion of coursework in Administrative Law, Evidence, Constitutional Law, and Civil & Criminal Procedure is desirable, but not required.
  • Methods and techniques of legal research.
  • Prior professional experience in government, law, law enforcement, or compliance is desirable.

Tasks Involve:

Legal interns will assist OIG attorneys in a wide range of legal projects related to OIG criminal and administrative investigations, audit and program reviews, and other special projects. Interns will perform legal research and draft legal memoranda.

Applications Details:

To apply for this job title, do NOT use the City of Chicago online application. Follow these five steps:

  1. Submit to e-mail address;
  2. In the subject line, type in the job title for which you are applying;
  3. Attach your cover letter for this job title;
  4. Attach your resume;
  5. Attach your writing sample; and
  6. Attach your transcript.

NOTE: To be considered for this position you must provide all the information listed above. If you fail to provide this information at the time you submit your application, your submission will be incomplete and you will not be considered for an interview. Application materials will only be accepted by e-mail at

If there is more than one open position in which you are interested, you may apply for more than one title by submitting an individual e-mail for each title. Repeat instruction steps one through six with each e-mail.


Phone: (773) 478-7799
Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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