The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) is responsible for the enforcement of most of the federal statutes that protect consumers from deceptive, unfair, or fraudulent practices. Many of these laws provide for both civil and criminal penalties. Each semester we offer a few unpaid internships for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in the law. This spring, the Consumer Protection Branch will host a remote internship program.
The responsibilities of an intern include a wide range of duties in support of our Branch’s attorneys. Some projects include conducting factual research for active cases, reviewing documents to identify evidence of fraudulent activity or victims of fraud, and summarizing transcripts and other court records.
In addition, the Branch’s attorneys give weekly brown-bag lunch presentations, so the interns can learn about particular cases or investigations. Interns at the Consumer Protection Branch are exposed to a variety of legal procedures, case investigative techniques, and agency interrelationships. As such, interns who work at CPB can expect to have an experience that is both productive and educational.
We prefer candidates who can work part-time in the spring (minimum 3 full days per week). We have no objection to candidates seeking school credit for this internship. We seek students who have demonstrated academic success (GPA of 3.3 or higher).
LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: January 26 to April 30, 2021
BACKGROUND CHECK: Government background check and
U.S. citizenship required
APPLICATIONS DUE: November 6, 2020
START DATE: January 26, 2021
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript (all documents together in one pdf) via email to Lisa Mitzelfeld, Intern Coordinator:
Your cover letter should articulate why you are interested specifically in the work that our office does, and how an internship in our office would further your personal or professional goals.