Department of Homeland Security General Counsel’s Summer Law Intern Program

About the Summer Law Intern Program

The Summer Law Intern Program is a competitive program for compensated positions in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters located in Washington D.C.  Summer Law Interns may expect to be assigned positions which offer both valuable experience and substantial individual responsibility.  Successful candidates will be afforded the opportunity to work in the different legal divisions within OGC headquarters, including Immigration, Regulatory Affairs, Operations and Enforcement, Legal Counsel, General Law, Technology Programs, National Protection and Programs, and Intelligence.  They may interact with clients, attend legislative hearings, and meet with attorneys and representatives from other agencies over the course of the summer.

The Summer Law Intern Program also includes an extensive orientation on the operating divisions of DHS and the federal government in Washington D.C., including visits to the U.S. Coast Guard Washington Air Station, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Forensic Document Laboratory, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspections facility at Dulles International Airport.   


Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment in DHS’s Summer Legal Intern Program.

The Summer Law Intern Program is open to second-year law students, as well as third-year law students in four-year programs.  DHS OGC also will consider eligible first-year law students starting December 1, 2011, contingent upon available vacancies.

DHS selects candidates based on multiple factors including:

  • Academic achievement (GPA of 3.0 or higher or Top 1/3 of the class preferred);
  • Exceptional research, writing and analytical skills; and
  • Demonstrated involvement in activities beyond required coursework is encouraged.

 Application Process and Deadlines:

  Interested 2Ls (or 3Ls in four-year programs) should submit a cover letter, resume, references, and a transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to starting August 15, 2011.  The application period closes on October 1, 2011.   

 OGC may also consider applications from ILs depending upon remaining vacancies.  Interested 1Ls are not eligible to apply until December 1, 2011.  The application period for 1Ls will close on December 16, 2011.

OGC will make its hiring decisions between December 2011 and January 2012 for 2L and 3L candidates; decisions on 1L candidates would be made in late January or early February.  Subject to budgetary or security clearance issues individuals selected for the Summer Law Intern Program can expect to commence employment with DHS after Memorial Day following the completion of their spring semester.

Additional questions should be addressed to, Legal Advisor, Office of the General Counsel or at 202-447-3303.