About OTIP

The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) leads the U.S. Government’s public health response to human trafficking. Located within U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, OTIP combats human trafficking by developing anti-trafficking strategies, policies, and programs to prevent human trafficking; empowering health and human services to respond to human trafficking; increasing victim identification and access to services; and strengthening health and well-being outcomes of survivors of human trafficking.

Position Description

The Law & Policy Intern will provide substantive legal and policy research, writing, and analysis to support a critical initiative of the Research & Policy Division. Potential focus areas include addressing the intersection of human trafficking and cybersecurity, strengthening protections for unaccompanied child survivors of trafficking, and addressing forced labor in the public health supply chain.

The internship is 20 hours a week beginning in September and ending in December. The Law & Policy Intern may choose between a fully remote or hybrid schedule out of the Washington, D.C. office. The position is uncompensated, but the Law & Policy Intern’s supervisor will comply with any law school or fellowship requirements should they choose to seek academic credit or external funding.


  • Must be a rising 2L or 3L
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Strong legal research, writing, and analysis skills
  • Prior experience (e.g., professional, internship, academic) in the anti-trafficking, immigration, child welfare, or public health fields

Preferred Qualifications

  • Journal (strongly preferred)
  • Technical background (if interested in the cyber security work)

To Apply

Interested law students should send their resume and unofficial law school transcript (optional) in one PDF to alyssa.wheeler@acf.hhs.gov with the subject line “[Insert Last Name] Fall Internship Application” by June 10.

Katherine Chon

330 C Street SW
7th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20201