Office of the Attorney General

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 that will be 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.

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
  • Resume
  • 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: OAG.Internship@dc.gov

Deadline for Applications

The deadline for applications are as follows:

Semester Applications Accepted between
Fall Fall 2015 Internship applications are due July 15, 2015 for law students & July 27, 2015 for undergraduate/graduate students.
Spring OAG is continuing to accept applications from interested students.
Summer Summer 2015 applications were due by March 15, 2015.

Because OAG conducts a formal mandatory orientation on the first day for Interns and Summer Associates, we cannot change our start dates.