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Office of the General Counsel - Physical site is College Park, MD

Legal Internship Program

As a small but vital office, the General Counsel's office offers interns the opportunity to become directly involved in the broad range of legal and policy matters that come into the office. We hope to create a challenging and interesting experience for an intern. Our "small law firm" environment enables an intern to experience a wide range of administrative law issues common to all federal agencies, as well as those issues unique to NARA that arise from its mission as the nation’s record keeper.

Volunteer interns at the Office of General Counsel will assist in providing litigation and administrative support to attorneys and archivists on the legal staff in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: researching legal issues relevant to the Federal Records Act, the Presidential Records Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and other applicable laws pertaining to the activities and operations of the National Archives and Records Administration; and providing support in the drafting of legal opinions, letters, memoranda, discovery responses and other legal documents, and in the preparation of documents for use in administrative and court proceedings.

We anticipate selecting 1-2 interns for the summer, fall, and spring. Strong analytical and writing skills as well as an interest in the arts and humanities are essential, and we prefer second or third-year students. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay our interns. However, we will cooperate in arrangements for law school credit.

Office of General Counsel

NARA's Office of General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice to the Archivist of the United States and the Archivist’s staff.

The General Counsel's office provides advice on a wide range of substantive areas, including open government laws, tort law, administrative law and the interpretation of our authorizing legislation, appropriations law, employment law, civil rights compliance, ethics standards, and federal grants law.

How to Apply

To apply for a internship, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:

Ezequiel Berdichevsky
Office of the General Counsel
ezequiel.berdichevsky@nara.gov

Deadlines:

Summer: April 15
Fall: August 15
Spring: December 15

Office of Government Information Services - Physical location is Government Publishing Office Building, 732 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC

Legal Internship Program

Congress created the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) within the National Archives and Records Administration when it passed the OPEN Government Act of 2007 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. OGIS's doors opened in September 2009. OGIS is the FOIA Ombudsman -- answering questions, tracking suggestions and providing information about the FOIA process, and serving as a resource for the public and the federal government. OGIS is a place where anyone can ask for FOIA assistance.

OGIS provides mediation services to resolve FOIA disputes, reviews agency compliance with FOIA, and identifies policies and procedures for improving FOIA compliance. In addition to its dispute resolution and compliance functions, OGIS’s Director chairs the Federal FOIA Advisory Committee, with staff providing the Committee with administrative support. OGIS’s director also co-chairs the Chief FOIA Officers' Council. OGIS provides dispute resolution training for FOIA staff of Federal agencies, and key FOIA stakeholders, including the requester community, civil society groups, and open government advocates.

OGIS interns will complete FOIA legal research to assist staff in mediating disputes; compile and assess information about agency FOIA litigation to assist with compliance reporting; and assist in drafting advisory opinions, memoranda, and reports on related FOIA issues. Interns will also interact with agency FOIA officials and members of the FOIA requester community and attend FOIA training sessions and other events as they arise.

We anticipate selecting 1-2 interns for the fall and spring. Strong analytical and writing skills are a must, and an interest in administrative law, open government, and access laws are preferred; we prefer second or third-year students. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay our interns. However, we will cooperate in arrangements for law school credit.

How to Apply 

To apply for a legal clerkship, please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages) to:

Sheela Portonovo

Attorney-Advisor

Office of Government Information Services

sheela.portonovo@nara.gov

202-741-5776

Deadlines:

Summer: April 30
Fall: August 30
Spring: December 30

 

 

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