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Legal Intern Program
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Office of Legal Counsel

The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), akin to an in-house counsel, is located at EEOC Headquarters in Washington, D.C.    

Office Overview:

  • Coordination and Guidance Program attorneys draft regulations and policy documents interpreting federal antidiscrimination laws that apply to the majority of U.S. workplaces.  They also work with other federal agencies on equal employment opportunity issues to ensure consistency and eliminate duplication of enforcement efforts across the federal government. Its attorneys also advise the EEOC Commissioners, EEOC offices, and the public about EEOC policy matters.
  • Advice and External Litigation Division attorneys defend EEOC in all litigation brought by outside parties, draft regulations and guidance on the Commission's charge processing and federal sector functions; and provide legal advice on issues including ethics, administrative law, fiscal law, and procurement.  This unit currently does not accept interns.
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program attorneys and staff oversee the EEOC's compliance with FOIA legal and reporting requirements, respond to document requests from the public, and maintain the EEOC's FOIA regulations and policy.

Positions Available:  Current law students may apply for unpaid positions in the Coordination and Guidance Program (2L/3L only)and the Freedom of Information Act Program (1L's also considered).  Summer positions require a 10-12 week full-time commitment, although OLC may accept shorter-term arrangements at its discretion.  Academic year internships require a commitment of at least 15 hours per week.

  • OLC interns may perform in-depth legal research, prepare detailed legal memoranda, help draft guidance on how to comply with EEOC-enforced laws, update agency materials to reflect recent legal developments, and respond to disclosure requests made under the Freedom of Information Act or other disclosure authority.  Interns may have the opportunity to attend public Commission meetings or forums covering various employment discrimination topics, and/or coordination meetings with other federal agencies.

Application Requirements: E-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample (5-10 pages) and transcript to  Please format your electronic submission for either MSWord(.doc,.docx) or Adobe (.pdf).  Successful applicants possess strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills.  Students should possess a demonstrated interest in civil rights issues, labor and employment law, or public interest law. The OLC also prefers students with membership on a law review, academic journal, moot court or similar organization with legal writing requirements.

Deadlines:  Summer internship applications for the Coordination and Guidance Program are due December 15. Internship applications for the FOIA Program will be considered on a rolling basis. Academic year internships for either program also are considered on a rolling basis until filled.