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 Legal 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 strengthening protections for unaccompanied minor survivors of trafficking, addressing forced labor in the public health supply chain, reducing demand for forced labor in foster care and eldercare, and examining intersections of trafficking and cybersecurity.
The internship is a 20 hour per week commitment beginning in January and ending in May (dates are flexible). The Legal Intern may choose to work remotely or out of OTIP’s headquarters located in Washington, D.C. (clearance permitting). The position is uncompensated, but the Legal Intern’s supervisor will comply with any law school requirements should they choose to seek academic credit.


  • Must be a 1L, 2L, 3L, or LLM student
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Strong legal research, writing, and analysis skills
  • Prior experience (e.g., professional, internship, academic) in the anti-trafficking, immigration, or public health fields

Preferred Qualifications

  • Journal
  • Familiarity with federal legislative and/or regulatory processes (e.g., Hill experience, coursework in administrative law)

To Apply

Interested law students should send their cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript, and list of two professional or academic references to alyssa.wheeler@acf.hhs.gov by October 21, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. You are encouraged to apply early.