U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The following EEOC offices have intern positions available:
Note: The Commissioner offices, OFO, OLC and OGC are all located in Washington, DC. EEOC field offices are located throughout the country.
EEOC has five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Chair, Vice Chair and one Commissioner are members of the majority party, while the other two Commissioners are members of the minority party. As the chief executive officer of the Commission, the Chair is responsible for operational matters, including Executive and Legislative Branch relations, budget, personnel, and the operation of the Commission’s headquarters and 53 field offices.
The five-member, bipartisan Commission makes equal employment opportunity policy and approves most litigation. The Commissioners make decisions regarding policy issues, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, subpoena determinations and contracts. The Commissioners also frequently deliver speeches and make appearances on behalf of the Commission.
Interns in the Commissioner offices review litigation recommendations, subpoenas, amicus briefs and federal employment discrimination decisions, conduct legal research and writing on employment discrimination and administrative law issues, draft articles and speeches, and attend briefings and EEOC meetings as scheduled. Interns may also have the opportunity to participate in projects related to the respective Commissioner’s areas of interest.
The Office of Federal Operations provides leadership and guidance to federal agencies on all aspects of the federal government’s equal employment opportunity program. OFO ensures federal agency and department compliance with EEOC regulations, provides technical assistance to federal agencies concerning EEO complaint adjudication, monitors and evaluates federal agencies’ affirmative employment programs, develops and distributes federal sector educational materials, conducts training for stakeholders, provides guidance and assistance to EEOC Administrative Judges who conduct hearings on EEO complaints, and adjudicates appeals from administrative decisions made by federal agencies on EEO complaints.
OFO interns research and draft appellate decisions, prepare legal memoranda on various EEO issues, assist in providing technical assistance and guidance to EEOC stakeholders, monitor compliance with OFO decisions, and participate in training activities.
The Office of General Counsel conducts litigation on behalf of the Commission under the laws enforced by EEOC: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). OGC attorneys brief and orally argue appeals of EEOC cases in federal appellate courts; file briefs as amicus curiae and present oral argument in private discrimination suits raising important or novel legal issues; litigate large systemic discrimination cases; oversee EEOC trial litigation, most of which is conducted by field offices located across the country; and review proposals for EEOC litigation.
OGC interns research and draft memoranda on various cutting edge legal issues for appellate cases, review and summarize trial transcripts, assist with appellate briefs, evaluate cases for possible amicus participation, research issues for cases alleging systemic discrimination, and review proposals for EEOC litigation. Interns may have the opportunity to attend moot court arguments conducted by appellate attorneys in preparation for oral argument in appellate courts.
The Office of Legal Counsel develops policy guidance, provides technical assistance to employers and employees, and coordinates with other agencies and stakeholders regarding relevant employment statutes and regulations. OLC’s Advice and External Litigation Division represents EEOC in federal courts in actions brought by respondents, charging parties, and others external to EEOC and advises EEOC officials and employees on various issues, including ethics, charge processing, alternative dispute resolution, procurement and federal sector issues. OLC also administers EEOC’s Freedom of Information Act program.
OLC interns assist attorneys involved in litigation and policy development, research legal questions raised by Commissioners and Commission officials, and respond to requests from the public for information. Interns also have the opportunity to attend Commission meetings and relevant local court proceedings, and may be able to attend forums about various employment discrimination topics.
EEOC has 53 field offices located throughout the country. Field offices are generally the first line of contact for employees or applicants seeking redress for alleged discrimination and for employers seeking assistance with legal compliance. Field offices receive inquiries and investigate charges of employment discrimination under the federal employment statutes; provide education, outreach and technical assistance to employers, employees, advocacy organizations and other individuals; and resolve discrimination claims through mediation, negotiated settlement, conciliation and litigation. Field offices also assist federal sector employees with unresolved complaints of discrimination arising at the hearing stage of the administrative process.
Field office interns work with Trial Attorneys, Administrative Judges, Investigators and Intake staff to conduct intake, investigate complaints of discrimination, and prepare for hearings or litigation.
Interns who work with Trial Attorneys assist with litigation against employers for violations of Title VII, the ADEA and the ADA. Interns conduct legal research and writing, assist with claimant and witness interviews, draft discovery responses, and help prepare claimants and witnesses for deposition. Interns may be asked to abstract depositions and develop fact responses for defending against motions for summary judgment.
Interns who work with Administrative Judges (AJs) assist with charges of discrimination brought by federal employees. Interns assist with pretrial and settlement conferences, draft responses to motions, draft findings of fact and conclusions of law, and assist with other aspects of the administrative hearing process.
Interns who work with Investigators and Intake staff assist with all phases of the investigative process, from charge intake to resolution. Interns conduct interviews, analyze case files for compliance with federal employment discrimination laws, and work with investigators to resolve cases.