The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accepts applications from 2L and 3L law students for its Legal Externship (Unpaid) Program in our Washington DC office. Apply here.

See our tips on the application process and printable checklist to ensure each step of the application is completed.

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Externs will work in one program area during the externship. Positions are available in the following program areas:

  • Legal Division
  • Office of Regulations
  • Office of Enforcement
  • Office of Supervision Policy
  • Office of Civil Rights
  • Office of Innovation

Please see qualification section for a more detailed description of each office.

Legal externs will be assigned to work with attorneys on projects and assignments that cover a broad range of the Bureau’s legal and regulatory work. That work depends upon the division or office where the student works.

These are unpaid positions. Externs may earn academic credit with permission of the extern’s law school. Externs must sign the Bureau’s Student Volunteer Agreement and will be responsible for obtaining their school representative’s signature.

Externship opportunities are full time and/or part time with a minimum 15 hours requirement per week. This is determined and agreed upon based on the volunteer student’s academic course load schedule and division/office needs. You will have the opportunity to discuss schedule, hours, etc. upon selection and acceptance into the program.

Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, solid academic credentials and a demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Bureau. Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Externs may work between 15-40 hours per week.