Law Student Volunteer Interns at U.S. Department of Justice, Washington: Apply by July 31!


U.S. Department of Justice is looking for Law Student Volunteer Interns for Spring, Summer and Fall terms.

About the Organization

The United States Department of Justice, also known as the Justice Department, is a federal executive department of the United States government tasked with the enforcement of federal law and administration of justice in the United States.

About the Internship

The United States Department of Justice, Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) is seeking highly qualified law students to serve as volunteer interns throughout the academic year and summer.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Students will be exposed to cross-cutting issues pertaining to our justice system, and will observe how the Department works with the White House, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and the public
  • Interns will work closely with senior staff and under the general supervision of the Deputy Attorney General
  • Assignments will reflect the broad range of challenging, complex, and sensitive issues that come before the Department’s leadership, many of which involve programs and initiatives of national significance
  • Legal interns will conduct legal and policy research and analysis, prepare memoranda and talking points, and assemble briefing books and other materials relating to legal and policy issues for the Deputy Attorney General, senior staff, and other members of the office
  • Full time interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week (40 during the summer) for at least 10 consecutive weeks

Minimum Requirements

  • Internship applicants must be United States citizens; have completed at least one year of classes at an accredited law school before the start of the internship; have a strong academic background; and possess excellent research and writing skills
  • Participation as a student intern is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation. No intern will be allowed to work in any capacity before his or her background investigation is successfully completed
  • A letter of interest (no more than one page in length and addressed to ODAG Intern Coordinator);
  • Resume with 3 references;
  • Writing sample (2 to 4 pages in length); and
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcript acceptable)
  • Suitability and Citizenship: It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment
  • Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years


ODAG internships are unpaid positions. Students accepted for an internship may pursue academic credit while working in the office. If credit hours are desired, ODAG will work with interns and schools to follow any necessary protocol for academic credit.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; however, candidates are encouraged to apply before time. Applications for the 2024 Summer Law Intern Program will open on July 31, 2023.



How to Apply?

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications that illustrate qualifications, character, and commitment to public service, including:

  • A letter of interest (no more than one page in length and addressed to ODAG Intern Coordinator);
  • Resume with 3 references;
  • Writing sample (2 to 4 pages in length); and
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcript acceptable).

Please send all documents in PDF format to Please use the following subject line format: ODAG Internship Application – [Last Name, First Name] – [Semester and year].

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