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Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021

The Department of Energy’s (DOE or Department) Office of the General Counsel is accepting applications for its Law Student Intern Program in accordance with the time frames listed at the end of this announcement. 

The Office of the General Counsel offers an exciting opportunity for law students to gain firsthand exposure to the fast-moving and evolving practice of energy, environmental and federal agency law.  The General Counsel is charged by the Secretary of Energy with the authority to determine the Department’s authoritative position on any question of law.  The General Counsel’s Office provides legal advice, counsel, and support to the Secretary, the Deputy Secretary, and program offices throughout DOE to further the Department’s mission of advancing the national, economic, and energy security of the United States through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. 

The intern program is designed for a select group of law students to become integrated members of our practice groups by working closely with attorneys throughout the Office of the General Counsel.  Interns can expect demanding legal research and writing assignments concerning an array of practice areas, including: administrative litigation, appropriations, and ethics; civilian nuclear programs; electricity and fossil energy; enforcement; environment; legislation, regulation and energy efficiency; international and national security programs; litigation; procurement and financial assistance; and technology transfer and intellectual property.

DOE headquarters Office of the General Counsel staff is composed of over 140 attorneys who work within various and distinct issue areas. In an email that includes your application, please rank your top five choices from the following list of offices that accept interns.

All interested students are encouraged to apply; however, the positions are very competitive.  U.S. citizenship is required.  No paid internships are available. 

Internships are available during the summer and for both spring and fall semesters during the academic year.  Although we can be somewhat flexible on start dates to accommodate academic schedules, we require interns to work a minimum of ten weeks in the summer and a minimum of twelve weeks for both fall and spring.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and rankings list of top five office preferences directly to the Office of the General Counsel’s email at gcintern@hq.doe.gov

Candidates interested in more than one term must apply separately under the appropriate time frame below for each period of interest.  Further, we will not send notices of non-selection, therefore, if you do not hear from our office by the recruitment closing dates below, you may assume you will not receive an offer for that term period.  Below are the application, interviewing, recruitment and internship dates for our 2021 programs.

Spring Internship Program 2021

August 1 – September 30, 2020
Open season for applications

October 1, 2020
Review of applications begin

October 31, 2020
Recruitment program closes with offers extended

January, 2021
Internships begin

April, 2021
Internships end

Summer Internship Program 2021

December 1 – February 15, 2021
Open season for applications

February 15, 2021
Review of applications begin

April 1, 2021
Recruitment program closes with offers extended

May, 2021
Internships begin

July, 2021
Internships end

Fall Internship Program 2021

March 1 – April 30, 2021
Open season for applications

May 1, 2021
Review of applications begin

May 31, 2021
Recruitment program closes with offers extended

August, 2021
Internships begin

November, 2021
Internships end