The Department of Energy’s Office of the General Counsel Undergraduate Intern Program offers an exciting opportunity for college students to gain firsthand exposure to cutting-edge issues in energy law and policy. 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.

Interns will have an opportunity to attend meetings, observe hearings, and learn first-hand about the work of DOE and the Office of the General Counsel. Interns can expect work assignments concerning an array of energy related issues, such as energy efficiency enforcement, implementation of energy law, renewable technologies, and increasing transparency, accountability and efficiency within the DOE. Interns will have a mix of substantive and administrative responsibilities, and may perform a wide array of tasks. Examples include: (1) policy and legal research on energy-related issues; (2) cite-checking and proofreading legal briefs, memoranda, and correspondence; (3) maintaining and improving the General Counsel Office website and DOE internal wiki; and (4) various administrative duties.

All interested students are encouraged to apply; however the positions are very competitive.  U.S. Citizenship is required.  Strong academic credentials and extracurricular activities are preferred.  No paid internships are available. 

Internships are available both during the summer and for semesters during the school year.  Although we can be flexible on dates to accommodate academic schedules, we require interns to work a minimum of ten weeks during the summer, and 12-14 weeks for the fall and spring semesters.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample directly to the Office of the General Counsel’s email at Furthermore, please be sure to indicate the top five offices where you would like to intern for from the following list.

-Office of Legislation, Regulation, and Energy Efficiency
-Office of Electricity and Fossil Energy
-Office of General Law
-Office of Litigation and Enforcement
-Office of Procurement and Financial Assistance
-Office of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property
-Office of Contractor Human Resources
-Office of Environment
-Office of NEPA Policy and Compliance

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.  All submissions will be discarded after one year from date of receipt.  No notice of non-selection will be provided.

Please address your cover letters to:

Office of the General Counsel, Internship Program
Department of Energy
Office of the General Counsel
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585