November 18, 2021
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM:
AmeriCorps is a federal agency with the mission to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, more than 1.5 million individuals of all ages and backgrounds help meet local needs through a wide array of service opportunities. These include projects in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security and other critical areas through AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors. Information is available: at www.americorps.gov/.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is a ten-attorney office responsible for advising the agency on legal matters. Assignments will provide the intern with the opportunity to become familiar with agency’s statutes – the National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended, and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, as amended – as well as with the major legislation that governs the business of government and federal grants law.
The legal intern will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with all of the OGC attorneys, develop and enhance legal skills, and receive an immeasurable level of mentorship that working in a small office of dedicated professionals provides. Interns will have a significant role in defining which legal projects and activities they would like to take on and support. At minimum, interns will produce informal and formal legal writing and draft many types of legal documents for the office. PROGRAM
AmeriCorps OGC is seeking law students for an unpaid remote legal internship for the upcoming semester. The legal interns will have an opportunity to gain vital practical knowledge and enhance their legal research and writing skills by working in close association with attorneys and staff members. The legal intern’s primary responsibilities will include: conducting legal research; writing memoranda, correspondence, and other legal documents in accordance with the applicable Federal administrative rules and regulations, case law and agency policy. The legal intern will also collaborate with attorneys and staff on various legal assignments that involve a wide range of substantive practice areas that includes but not limited to: federal torts, administrative law, federal grants, contracts, privacy law, employment and labor law, FOIA, procurement and appropriations law, and federal ethics law. The legal intern will also have an opportunity to learn and be exposed to all phases of litigation practice, primarily in the area of employment law.
The legal intern must have excellent legal research and writing skills, and be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school in good standing. Students should be self-motivated, hard-working, and have the ability to work with a wide range of people. Someone with a strong background in national or community service who is comfortable taking initiative, and who has strong interpersonal and communication skills is preferred and encouraged to apply.
Students must be able to commit to working at least 10 hours per week. AmeriCorps can also help students receive course credit for their participation in the internship program.
Submit cover letter, resume, transcript (if available), and writing sample (max. 5 pages) at your earliest convenience. Internships are available until filled. Interviews are conducted virtually.