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Announcements : Civil Rights Division International Program – Internship
Announcement: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division International Program – Internship


The Civil Rights Division offers competitive student volunteer internship positions each academic semester, including the summer, for law, graduate, and undergraduate students. Interns gain a unique and exciting view of the work and mission of the Division. The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in voting, education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, and federally funded and conducted programs. These positions are without compensation or may be used for work-study credit.

The Civil Rights Division offers competitive student volunteer internship positions each academic semester, including the summer, for law, graduate, and undergraduate students.  Interns gain a unique and exciting view of the work and mission of the Division.  The Division is primarily responsible for enforcing federal statutes and executive orders that prohibit, among other things, unlawful discrimination in voting, education, employment, housing, police services, public accommodations and facilities, and federally funded and conducted programs.  These positions are without compensation or may be used for work-study credit.

The Division’s International Program is currently accepting applications for the fall and winter semesters.  The International Program is located in the Division’s Professional Development Office (PDO) in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General.   The Director of the International Program coordinates the Division’s role in international human rights treaty reporting and implementation, working closely with the State Department, international offices in other DOJ components, and non-governmental organizations.  The Division plays a key role in several significant treaty reports and presentations scheduled for 2013 and 2014, including the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the Universal Periodic Review before the United Nations Human Rights Council.  The Division co-chairs the Equality Working Group, a new inter-agency mechanism for coordinating the implementation of treaty obligations related to human rights, and serves as the National Point of Contact for Hate Crimes at the Office for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  The Division also periodically prepares responses and, as appropriate, represents the United States in hearings and meetings before international organizations.

Interns will assist the Director with legal research, policy, and programming in these areas, and may have opportunities to assist other Division attorneys on related projects.  The International Program accepts applications from law students, public policy and international relations students, and undergraduate students.  We prefer that interns be available to work at least two days a week for a minimum of 10 hours in the fall and winter semesters.  Applications for fall 2013 are being accepted now on a rolling basis until September 30, 2013.  Applications for winter and summer 2014 are also being accepted on a rolling basis until March 1, 2014.

How to Apply:

Interested students should submit a resume, brief writing sample (no more than 5 pages), transcript (unofficial is acceptable) and a cover letter describing your specific qualifications, listing the International Program in the PDO and any other section where you want to be considered, and providing the time period you are available to work. Applications should be e-mailed to crt.volunteervacancies-PDO@usdoj.gov.  Please include “Volunteer Internship” in the subject line of your communication.