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

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC's) Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) ensures equality in employment within the EEOC through its strong outreach efforts and vigorous enforcement of EEO laws, which prohibit discrimination in government employment. The office is located in EEOC's Headquarters at 131 M Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20507.

Investigations and Compliance:

Each federal agency must establish procedures for processing individual and class complaints of discrimination in accordance with the federal regulations that govern the EEO complaint process set forth in 29 CFR Part 1614. Attorney Advisors and EEO Counselors provide EEO counseling and investigate discrimination complaints filed by current and former EEOC employees and applicants for employment.

Affirmative Employment Program (AEP):

Under federal statute and EEOC guidance, an agency must prepare and implement an AEP Plan which includes the issuance, publication and adherence to an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy to ensure that affirmative employment efforts permeate the organization. Program Analysts and Equal Employment Specialists conduct affirmative employment planning and reporting for the agency and coordinate the Special Emphasis Programs.

Duties of OEO Legal Interns:

The OEO Legal Intern assists in investigating EEO complaints filed by applicants and current and former employees of the EEOC. Investigations include conducting interviews of all parties involved in the dispute, drafting affidavits and identifying documentation and evidence pertinent to the complaints, and drafting reports of investigation. The OEO Intern also conducts research, drafts final agency decisions, prepares legal memoranda on various EEO issues, drafts EEO case summaries, and responds to Congressional inquires. OEO interns will be mentored by an Attorney Advisor and will attend agency wide trainings. Applicants must have strong analytical, research and writing skills, and should have an interest in discrimination, civil rights and/or public interest law.

Positions Available & Work Requirements:

Unpaid internships are available during the Fall and Spring semesters or during the Summer. The office asks that the Fall and Spring Interns commit to work at least 20 hours per week and Summer Interns commit to a full-time schedule for a total of 8-10 weeks during the Summer. Applications for the Summer must be submitted no later than January 15, 2017. However, applications for the Spring and Fall can be submitted anytime during the year.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume and a short but substantive writing sample to, ATTN: OEO Intern Coordinator, or send to:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Office of Equal Opportunity Intern Program
131 M Street, N.E., Suite 6NW14G
Washington, DC 20507
VOICE: (202) 663-4938
FAX: (202) 663-7003
TTY: (202) 663-7002