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Office of the General Counsel Summer Law Intern Program

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Overview

Program Name
Office of the General Counsel Summer Law Intern Program

Description
The Summer Law Intern Program is a competitive program for compensated
positions in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters located in Washington D.C. Our Summer
Law Intern Program also includes an extensive orientation on the operating
divisions of DHS and the federal government.

Program Length
10-12 weeks

Component
Office of the General Counsel
Location
Washington, D.C.

Salary
The starting salary for a Summer Law Intern who join the program after
completing his or her second year of law school is normally at the GS-9/01
level. (GS-7/01 for those who have completed their first year of law school)
Eligibility Requirements

The Department selects candidates based on multiple factors including:

*       Academic achievement (GPA of 3.0 or higher or top 1/3 of the class
preferred);
*       Exceptional research, writing, and analytical skills; and
*       Demonstrated involvement in activities beyond required coursework is
encouraged.

Candidates for the Honors Attorney Program must be United States citizens.


Application Deadline
October 1, 2012 (Application period for 1Ls is December 1 - December 16,
2012)

Application Requirements and How to Apply
Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript
(unofficial copies will be accepted) and list of three references to
ogcsummerlawprogram@hq.dhs.gov.

Who to Contact for Additional Information
Alexandra Edwards, DHS Office of the General Counsel
atAlexandra.edwards@hq.dhs.gov

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About the Summer Law Intern Program


The Summer Law Intern Program is a competitive program for compensated
positions in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters located in Washington D.C. Summer Law
Interns may expect to be assigned positions which offer both valuable
experience and substantial individual responsibility. Successful candidates
will be afforded the opportunity to work in the different legal divisions
within OGC headquarters, including Immigration, Regulatory Affairs,
Operations and Enforcement, Legal Counsel, General Law, Technology Programs,
National Protection and Programs, and Intelligence. They may interact with
clients, attend legislative hearings, and meet with attorneys and
representatives from other agencies over the course of the summer.

Our Summer Law Intern Program also includes an extensive orientation on the
operating divisions of DHS and the federal government in Washington D.C.,
including visits to the U.S. Coast Guard Washington Air Station, the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Forensic Document Laboratory, and the
U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspections facility at Dulles
International Airport.

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Eligibility


Only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment in DHS's Summer Legal Intern
Program.

The Summer Law Intern Program is open to second-year law students, as well
as third-year law students in four-year programs. DHS OGC also will consider
eligible first-year law students starting December 1, 2012, contingent upon
available vacancies.

DHS selects candidates based on multiple factors including:

*       Academic achievement (GPA of 3.0 or higher or Top 1/3 of the class
preferred);
*       Exceptional research, writing and analytical skills; and
*       Demonstrated involvement in activities beyond required coursework is
encouraged.

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Application Process and Deadlines


Interested 2Ls (or 3Ls in four-year programs) should submit a cover letter,
resume, references, and a transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to
ogcsummerlawprogram@hq.dhs.govstarting August 15, 2012. The application
period closes on October 1, 2012.

OGC may also consider applications from ILs depending upon remaining
vacancies. Interested 1Ls are not eligible to apply until December 1, 2012.
The application period for 1Ls will close onDecember 16, 2012.

OGC will make its hiring decisions between December 2012 and January 2013
for 2L and 3L candidates; decisions on 1L candidates would be made in late
January or early February. Subject to budgetary or security clearance issues
individuals selected for the Summer Law Intern Program can expect to
commence employment with DHS after Memorial Day following the completion of
their spring semester.

Alexandra Edwards, DHS Office of the General Counsel at
Alexandra.edwards@hq.dhs.gov.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the
basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation,
sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an
employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

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