Federal Trade Commission
Office of Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter

The Office of Federal Trade Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter welcomes rising 2Ls and 3Ls to apply for the Fall 2024 Law Clerk program. We hope to recruit a creative and driven law student with solid writing and analytical skills, a knack for advocacy and stakeholder engagement, and a demonstrated interest in public service. Attention to detail, initiative, and a team-oriented approach are very important for this position, as is a good sense of humor. When reviewing applications, our office also appreciates a strong interest in FTC-related subject matters, but specific experience in these areas is not a requirement.

This is an unpaid position, however in order to be eligible selected candidates must receive course credit or a stipend from an approved third party. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of work performed at the Federal Trade Commission. We will consider candidates who are available part-time (20–25 hours/week) or full-time (35–40 hours/week). Our office welcomes applicants who are located outside the D.C. region and would require a fully remote internship. Candidates in the D.C. region may complete this position in-person/hybrid.

The FTC is a bipartisan federal agency with a unique dual mission to protect consumers and promote competition. The agency protects consumers by stopping unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent practices in the marketplace—including privacy and data abuses, among many others. The FTC also promotes competition in the marketplace by enforcing our nation’s antitrust laws; we monitor business practices, review potential mergers, and challenge them when appropriate.

Interested candidates should visit the FTC webpage to learn more about the agency’s mission and Commissioner Slaughter’s page to learn more about her.

Law Clerks will be given the opportunity to work on a full range of competition and consumer protection topics handled by the Commission. Our office actively supports and helps develop each law clerk’s unique goals for their time with us, including through weekly law clerk meetings and informal gatherings. Day to day, law clerks in Commissioner Slaughter’s office:

  • Performs factual investigation and legal research on topics related to consumer protection, data privacy, and antitrust law.
  • Analyzes policy and law enforcement matters pending before the Commission for a vote.
  • Prepares vote recommendation memos for the Commissioner, occasionally conducts briefings, and responds to the Commissioner’s questions or concerns as needed.
  • Participate in intra-agency discussions and meetings with various stakeholder groups.
  • Write and edits amicus briefs, speeches, press statements, and op-ed articles for the Commissioner.
  • Engage with Congress to discuss hearings or legislation related to the FTC’s consumer protection and competition missions;
  • Expand the Commissioner’s engagement with the full range of stakeholders in the FTC’s ecosystem, largely through collaboration with the Commissioner’s Special Assistant and Attorney-Advisors.

Applications must be submitted by no later than July 19th 2024, 11:59 pm EST. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews beginning in late-July/early August.

Please send the following application package to Julia Steinberg (jsteinberg@ftc.gov) and Rachel Baker (rbaker@ftc.gov):

  • Cover letter indicating the following:
    • Why you want to work for the Commission, including relevant background or personal experiences.
    • Your availability (tentative start and end dates, as well as hours per week)
  • Resume (no more than two pages)
  • Law school transcript(s) (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Writing sample (no more than five pages).

Please combine files into a single PDF titled “Last Name, First Name Fall 24 Law Clerk Application” (e.g., Steinberg, Julia Fall 24 Law Clerk Application).When emailing your application package, please use the subject line “[Full Name] Fall 2024 Law Clerk Application.”

Applications will only be considered complete when the required attachments, with the required information in the appropriate format, are received.