NNSA ensures the Nation sustains a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent through the application of science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing. It also works closely with a wide range of international partners, key U.S. federal agencies, the U.S. National Laboratories, and the private sector to secure, safeguard, and/or dispose of dangerous nuclear and radiological material, and detect and control the proliferation of related WMD technology and expertise. NNSA provides expertise, practical tools, and technically informed policy recommendations required to advance U.S. nuclear counterterrorism and counterproliferation objectives. It serves as the United States government’s primary capability for radiological and nuclear emergency response and for providing security to the nation from the threat of nuclear terrorism. Finally, through its Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, the NNSA provides militarily effective nuclear propulsion plants and ensures their safe, reliable and long-lived operation.

The NNSA Office of the General Counsel has an internship program that employs student interns on a full-time basis for the summer as well as an unpaid externship in the Fall and Spring. The NNSA Office of the General Counsel is responsible for the provision of legal services, counsel and support to the NNSA Administrator and all NNSA elements worldwide in carrying out the aforesaid missions of the Administration. A variety of areas of law are involved, including federal procurement, environmental, ethics, fiscal, labor, employment, national security, and international law. Strong research and writing skills are required.

The NNSA's Office of the General Counsel generally has temporary positions for law students in the summer and during the spring and fall semesters. Please check back periodically for program updates.

  • Summer: 2 limited term (10-week) paid (GS-9) internships, full-time (schedule flexible). Application deadline: September 30th of the year preceding the internship start. Must be a 2L, 2LE, 3LE student, or in your third year of a 4 year joint JD program at the time of application.
  • Fall/Spring: 1 or 2 unpaid, part-time externships. Application deadline: June 1st for Fall Externships and November 30th for Spring Externships. Must be a 1L, 2L, 2LE, 3LE student, or in your third year of a 4 year joint JD program at the time of application.

In all cases, the program may lead to permanent job offers, but there is no guarantee of future employment.


Minimum 2.0 GPA, legal research and writing skills, and demonstrated interest in national security matters


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample (3 pages maximum) to NAGCIntern@nnsa.doe.gov. In-person (preferred) or telephonic interviews will be conducted the weeks following the program deadline. Offers will be extended shortly thereafter.