Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Law internships

Law Intern Opportunities

Opportunities are available in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the U.S. Department of Justice for qualified candidates interested in summer law internships or academic semester law internships (sometimes called "externships"). Law interns work directly with attorneys on cutting edge legal issues relating to computer crime and intellectual property crime. Typical intern projects have involved researching novel legal issues, drafting litigation documents for active cases, analyzing policy proposals, and helping to draft Section publications.

Interns must be enrolled in an accredited law school and must have:

  • a strong academic background;
  • excellent research and writing skills;
  • interest in criminal issues; and
  • experience, knowledge, or interest in computers, telecommunications networks or other emerging technologies.

Summer Interns must have completed at least one year of law school and be willing to commit ten to twelve weeks (full-time) to CCIPS. In special circumstances, CCIPS may consider a shorter commitment.

Semester-based Interns must have completed at least one semester of law school and be willing to commit 15-20 hours a week to CCIPS. In special circumstances, CCIPS may consider a shorter commitment. CCIPS will consider semester "full time" positions from law students who attend law schools with formal externship programs.

Because of the sensitive nature of the work, applicants must pass a background check before a formal offer for an internship can be extended.

All internships are unpaid.

Application Process:
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, a short or partial writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages), three references, and law school transcript (when available).

Submission of application materials by email is preferred. Please send your application to If you wish to fax your materials, application materials may be faxed to (202) 514-6113; ATTENTION: Intern Hiring Coordinator.

If you wish to send by the mail, please send to:
U.S. Department of Justice
10th & Constitution Ave., NW
Criminal Division, (Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section)
John C. Keeney Building, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20530

Approximate Application Timetable:

Summer: Apply by January 9
Fall/Winter: Apply by July 1
Spring: Apply by November 1

Because interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis, early applications are helpful.

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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