Jumpstarting Your Legal Internship Search: Government Roles

One benefit to pursuing a career in the legal field is that the opportunities are limitless—private practice, in-house, academia, nonprofit legal work, prosecution, government—and the list goes on. One area that should not be overlooked is he federal government—interning with the federal government is a great way for law students to develop their legal skills while exploring different areas of the government. If you are interested in interning with the federal government but do not know where to start, this article will help you start the process.

Narrow Down Interests.

The first step to interning with the government should be determining your field of interest. Recognizing your interests will help narrow the internship opportunities down. It is worth noting that it is important to look at the description of the office, not the agency, when determining where to apply. There are 15 executive departments, but within these departments are dozens of agencies, sub-agencies, and offices. Don’t dismiss an agency just because of its name—you may be surprised how many agencies actually appeal to your professional interests once you take time to research. For example, if you are interested in immigration law, you may assume that you will only find immigration-related work with the Department of Homeland Security. But the other agencies, including the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor, have offices that deal with immigration-related issues.

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By Fernando Pires
Fernando Pires Career Advising & Recruitment Coordinator