The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) seeks highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students to work as volunteers during the academic year and summer vacation. The internship program is designed to provide students with a challenging experience that reflects the demands and rewards of public service. Each year OAG recruits a diverse population of students, including geographic diversity as well as educational institutions from across the United States, as well as internationally. The OAG has a diverse practice area and offers students an array of practice areas to select from. In addition, OAG is the l0th largest Attorney General Office in the United States, and is the largest law firm in the District of Columbia.
Interning at OAG is a great experience! You will be taught a variety of interesting legal tasks such as assisting attorneys with legal research, motions, advice memos, discovery, trial, or office matters. On any given day you may be researching, gathering documents, answering interrogatories, or taking notes during a witness deposition. Perhaps, you may be needed to assist attorneys at trial or a hearing, and enjoy seeing first hand how to select a jury or make a dynamic opening statement.
Many OAG interns find themselves in the midst of newsworthy and politically charged cases such as the recent gun control case in District of Columbia v. Heller, 478 F. 3d 370 (D.C. Cir. 2007), a case heard by the US Supreme Court and one that involves the second amendment; or the battle over property rights to build a new baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals in Siegel, Inc. v. District of Columbia, 892 A.2d 387 (D.C. Ct. App. Feb 9, 2006). You will also participate in several field trips including a tour of the DC jail; MPD headquarters/training academy; a visit to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to view an oral argument. In addition, our internship program does not just offer you work experience but throughout the summer you will attend presentations from OAG attorneys on case law regarding environmental issues, ethics, opening and closing statements, taking depositions, domestic violence, child protection, criminal and juvenile prosecution, appellate advocacy, etc.
You will also develop your legal writing and research skills by receiving training in Lexis research, and understanding how to apply various federal, state, and common laws to your cases. You will develop your legal writing skills by drafting motions, advice memos, mediation statements, or case briefs.
Our interns speak highly of their rich work experience at OAG--working hands on with attorneys, paralegal's, and other law students, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the nation’s capital. It is no surprise that many students following law school decide to apply to our office for permanent positions.
My experience as a summer intern at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia completely redefined my understanding of what it means to be a legal intern. “You’re my lawyer; what do you think?” my supervising attorney would often ask me with regard to various issues that would arise. His words are representative of a much greater concept, which is that at the OAG interns are more than just personal assistants – they are lawyers in training. On the first day that I arrived at the office, I was assigned to an experienced trial lawyer in the General Civil Litigation Department, and soon after, hit the ground running. I learned that much was expected of me, and more importantly, that my input was not only welcomed but was required. In a matter of weeks, I gleaned more experience than many first year associates obtain in an entire year at a firm. From writing trial motions, to conducting legal research, to assisting with depositions and witness interviews, to touring the United States Capitol and attending brown-bag lunches on how to conduct settlement negotiations, my experience at the OAG has been very fulfilling to say the least. Finally, what has made my experience at the OAG more than just good, but great, is the fact that I was able to work with some of the most exceptional advocates in the country. The OAG is staffed with an unbelievably diverse body of lawyers – lawyers of myriad races, nationalities, backgrounds, ideologies, and skill-sets. As a young African-American woman and law student, it was extremely encouraging to be able to intern in an environment where I could observe and acquire guidance from African-American prosecutors who are boldly making their mark at the OAG and trailblazing a path that other aspiring minorities can follow. The atmosphere at the OAG is one of good-humored camaraderie, but it is also one of diligent advocacy. I will remember my experience here as one that was meaningful – one that mattered. While law school has taught me how to study and apply the law, only the type of hands on experience that I acquired at the OAG will teach me how to practice the law, and ultimately, how to become a dynamic lawyer. --Law Student from Howard University
Selection Criteria and Process
Internships are open to undergraduate, graduate and law students in good academic standing. The selection process for the Internship Program is highly competitive. Candidates are selected based on scholastic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and interest in their area of concentrations.
Internships are unique and tailored to each student's needs, interests, and schedule. We will talk with you to learn of your interests, skills, experience, preparation and training. After receiving the completed application and supporting documents, the internship coordinator will contact you to arrange a suitable placement that is mutually beneficial. You may be sent additional forms to complete the process.
How to Apply
Apply for the Internship Program
Apply for the Summer Associates Program
Please copy and paste your:
- Cover letter
- Writing sample, 3 to 5 pages in length
- Transcripts (Unofficial transcript acceptable)
- Completed EEO form (optional)
into the space provided and click the go button next to submit.
Because OAG receives numerous applications, we request that students only fill out one complete application. Submitting either duplicate applications or incomplete applications may affect efficient processing of your application.
For questions, please contact:
Keya Ross, Internship and Summer Associates Coordinator
Phone: (202) 724-2308
Fax: (202) 741-8876
Email: [email protected]
Deadline for Applications
The application deadlines are below. We will also continue to accept applications and place interns after these deadlines if space is available.
Because OAG conducts a formal mandatory orientation on the first day for Interns and Summer Associates, we cannot change our start dates.