We would like to cordially invite you to apply for a joint internship with the Federal Coordination and Compliance (FCS) and Policy and Strategy Sections (POL) of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.
FCS/POL are interested in applicants with experience with civil rights issues relating to race or national origin such as language access or environmental justice; familiarity with other federal agencies' Title VI programs or Department of Justice funding recipients, including courts, law enforcement, corrections, and prosecutorial agencies; or experience working with language minority populations. We are also interested in applicants with a public policy or legislative background.
FCS is entrusted with enforcing numerous federal laws, regulations, and executive orders, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Safe Streets Act of 1968, and Executive Orders 12250 and 13166, which collectively protect persons seeking to benefit from federally funded programs, activities, and services from discrimination based on race, color, national origin (including language), religion, and sex. FCS investigates and resolves administrative complaints against Department of Justice recipients, including law enforcement agencies, detention facilities and courts, pursuant to Title VI and the Safe Streets Act. As part of FCS's coordinating responsibilities, we work closely with the civil rights offices of numerous federal agencies to ensure a uniform application of civil rights laws.
POL helps coordinate the legislative and policy initiatives of the Civil Rights Division in close collaboration with other sections in the Division, in addition to playing a key role on certain Department-wide civil rights initiatives, including the Hate Crime Prevention and Enforcement Initiative. POL reviews and/or prepares legislative proposals, testimony, and reports to be presented to Congress. POL also coordinates CRT’s review of and response to legislative, regulatory, and policy proposals promulgated by the Executive and Legislative branches of government, working closely with DOJ’s Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) and Office of Legal Policy (OLP), as well as other federal agencies and civil rights stakeholders.
Legal interns will assist with legal research and writing projects related to ongoing investigations, federal agency coordination, technical assistance and policy projects. Legal interns may have the opportunity to assist with investigations, including on-site witness interviews, conducting document reviews, writing document requests, and participating in negotiations. They may assist with training presentations for federal agencies and recipients.
Non-legal, which include undergraduate and graduate, interns will perform similar duties not including legal research. The specific tasks assigned to any intern will vary according to the needs of the office at the time. Interns will work closely with staff and are assigned a mentor upon their arrival.
For the spring and fall semesters, FCS/POL prefers full time interns but will consider applicants able to work for a minimum of 20 hours per week. We prefer summer interns to work full time for at least ten weeks. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.