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Hearings Intern Program
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Baltimore Office

The Hearings Unit offers opportunities for law students to participate in the administrative hearing process working closely with EEOC administrative judges. The office has multiple vacancies available throughout the year and students can work on a volunteer basis or for credit. Interns are expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week and summer interns are asked to work between 8 to 10 weeks on a part-time or full-time basis.

The student will have extensive exposure to civil rights litigation and will have an opportunity to work with EEOC administrative judges and civil rights advocacy groups, plaintiffs’ attorneys and defense counsel. The student will assist with pretrial and settlement conferences. The student will prepare legal memoranda, draft orders, respond to motions (including motions for summary judgment) and will draft findings of fact and conclusions of law for use by the administrative judge in rendering a decision on employment discrimination cases. The student will have a rare and extensive opportunity to hone legal writing skills in real life situations by drafting actual decisions. This Office is committed to ensuring that students receive an opportunity to develop legal skills and not perform mundane tasks.

In preparation for some written assignments, the student will attend pretrial conferences and hearings, providing an opportunity to observe counsel present evidence and argue cases. Subsequent to the hearing, the student will discuss with the administrative judge the evidence presented and the applicable law.

The student will work under the direct supervision of the Supervisory Administrative Judge and several other experienced Administrative Judges. Specific cases will be identified that present legal issues, including disability law, sexual harassment and other areas of employment discrimination. The student will be assigned progressively more complex casework throughout the summer or semester. In addition to the varied other assignments, one case will be identified for the student to follow through its entirety, and the student will have significant responsibility to draft findings of fact and conclusions of law.

The student will work with increasing independence, but always under the direct supervision of an administrative judge. The student will meet often with one of the administrative judges and there will be frequent interim review of written documents. In addition to more formal supervision, the student will have opportunities to discuss general legal matters with the administrative judges and will attend staff meetings, oral case presentations and other office discussions.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and short writing sample to:

Mary Elizabeth Palmer, Supervisory Administrative Judge
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
10 South Howard Street
Baltimore , MD 21201

By fax: 410 209-2777 or email: mary.palmer@eeoc.gov

For more information, go to The EEOC Baltimore Office.