Fall 2015 Internship at the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Law & Policy Section

Intern Position Available

U.S. Department of Justice

Environment and Natural Resources Division

Law and Policy Section


The Law and Policy Section (LPS) advises and assists the Assistant Attorney General on legal and policy issues.  Working with the Office of Legislative Affairs, LPS coordinates the Environment and Natural Resources Division’s legislative program.  LPS also represents the Department of Justice on interagency groups of a variety of issues that relate to the mission of the Division.  LPS also litigates amicus cases and undertakes other specially assigned litigation projects at the trial and appellate levels. Other duties include monitoring citizen suits; responding to citizen mail, congressional, and FOIA requests; and serving as the Division’s ethics officers.  LPS attorneys also coordinate the Division’s activities on international environmental matters and environmental justice matters.

Duties of the unpaid undergraduate intern position include: attending congressional hearings and reporting on environmental legislation; researching legal and policy issues; and providing support for the section’s amicus litigation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and have maintained residency in the United States for 3 of the past 5 years, with exceptions for U.S. military or government service.  If the applicant is a dual citizen, they should be prepared to fill out additional paperwork regarding the dual citizenship.  Applicants must pass a mandatory background check.  The screening will specifically inquire into an applicant’s police record, payment of taxes, issues of indebtedness, and drug use, specifically within the last year.  Applicants should be either enrolled as undergraduates during the internship, or planning on returning to their school in the time period following the conclusion of the internship.  They should be willing to commit for about 30 hours per week.

The internship will run roughly from early September to mid December 2015 (dates flexible).  Please specify in your cover letter what dates and what hours you are available.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and 3-5 page writing sample (may be an excerpt from a longer paper on any topic) to sarah.lu@usdoj.gov by Monday, June 29, 2015.


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