Careers

NSLA hosts career-related events on campus to help students find summer jobs, obtain post-graduation employment, and brainstorm other career opportunities in the national security field. We also work jointly with OPIA, OCS , and other student organizations at HLS.

For questions or comments, please contact our Co-Presidents directly at hevans@jd19.law.harvard.edu or cconnolly@jd19.law.harvard.edu.

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Internship Opportunities:

Department of Justice, National Security Division (NSD), Foreign Investment Review Staff. The National Security Division’s Foreign Investment Review Staff (FIRS) serves as DOJ’s representative on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) – a multi-agency body that reviews acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign entities in order to determine the effects of the acquisition on national security – and Team Telecom – an informal inter-agency group that provides opinions to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as to whether granting particular licenses to foreign-owned or -controlled entities will pose national security risks. The application deadline is Friday, August 31, 2018. For more information visit: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-137.

Department of Justice, NSD, Office Of Justice For Victims Of Overseas Terrorism. The Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism is responsible for, among other things, providing support to U.S. victims of overseas terrorism by helping them navigate foreign criminal justice systems and by advocating for their voices to be heard around the world. Our office consists of attorneys and professionals with expertise on crime victims’ rights and terrorism. The application deadlines are as follows: for Spring 2019: all students – August 31, 2018; for summer 2019: for current 2L students – November 15, 2018; for current 1L students – December 15, 2018. For more information visit: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-134

Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery. The Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS) leads the Department’s asset forfeiture and anti-money laundering enforcement efforts. MLARS provides leadership by: (1) prosecuting and coordinating complex, sensitive, multi-district, and international money laundering and asset forfeiture investigations and cases; (2) providing legal and policy assistance and training to federal, state, and local prosecutors and law enforcement personnel, as well as to foreign governments; (3) assisting Departmental and interagency policymakers by developing and reviewing legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives; and (4) managing the Department’s Asset Forfeiture Program, including distributing forfeited funds and properties to appropriate domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies and to community groups within the United States, as well as adjudicating petitions for remission or mitigation of forfeited assets.The application deadline for Spring 2019 is September 7, 2018. For more information visit: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-24.

Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions. The mission of the Human Rights and Specials Prosecutions Section is to enforce federal laws relating to: (1) complex immigration and border crimes; (2) international human rights violations; and (3) certain federal crimes of violence committed outside the United States. The application deadlines are as follows: for Summer: February 1; for Fall: May 1 (hiring is completed for Fall 2018); for Spring: October 1. For more information visit: https://www.justice.gov/criminal-hrsp/career-opportunities#law-intern.

United States Marshal Service. The U.S. Marshals Service’s (USMS) Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services and guidance to all headquarters and field components of the USMS. Legal matters addressed by OGC include issues related to judicial security, fugitive apprehension, prisoner transportation, asset seizure and forfeiture, government ethics, administrative law, and civil litigation. The application deadline is February 8, 2019. For more information, visit: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-summer-101.

Federal Bureau of Investiation
Discover an insider’s perspective on FBI operations while gaining unparalleled experience with our Honors Internship and Visiting Scientist Programs, or begin a career directly after graduation with our Collegiate Hiring Initiative. To learn more about these opportunities, explore the sections below. The application period for the 2019 Summer Honors Internship Program and Collegiate Hiring Initiative are not yet open. For more information, visit: https://www.fbijobs.gov/students/grad-students.

Central Intelligence Agency Summer Law Clerk.The CIA Office of General Counsel has a Summer Legal Clerkship Program that allows a small number of exceptionally qualified law students to obtain broad exposure to the practice of intelligence law. Although the Office makes no commitment with respect to future employment beyond an individual’s summer clerkship, each participant may be evaluated for future employment at the conclusion of the program. There are no opportunities available at this time. This program is typically available for second year law students. Applications are not yet open. For more information please visit: https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/support-professional/summer-law-clerk.html.

Defense Intelligence Agency DIA’s Summer Legal Internship Program provides promising law students the opportunity to gain practical work experience through legal research, legal writing, briefing legal issues, and policy writing and review. Interns are also exposed to the broader Intelligence Community through field trips, information sessions, and panel discussions. Interns are appointed for a 10-12-week period from June through August. Applications are not yet open. For more information visit: https://diajobs.dia.mil/psp/recnprod/APPLICANT/HRMS/c/DI_HOME.DI_SIGNIN.USF?.

National Security Agency (NSA) The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking superior Honors Program applicants who are interested in joining its elite team of lawyers who provide legal advice to the Agency as it carries out its missions.  At NSA OGC, you will analyze cutting-edge technical and intelligence issues and will frequently provide legal advice that relates to high-profile current events affecting our national security.  Attorneys working in NSA OGC apply their expertise, skills, and education to solve a variety of challenges not found in the private sector or at any other government agency. Posting closes September 8, 2018. For more information, please visit: NSA Careers.

United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Clerkship and Internship Opportunities. The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces exercises world-wide appellate jurisdiction over court-martial cases involving U.S. military personnel. Cases on the docket address a broad range of legal issues, including constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, administrative law, and national security law. Various opportunities are available. For more information, please visit: http://www.armfor.uscourts.gov/newcaaf/employment.htm. Please contact OCS to facilitate an application.

Electronic Frontier Foundation Legal Internship Opportunities. Legal interns assist in all aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, and drafting of memoranda and briefs, while also helping with policy research, client counseling, and the development of public education materials. EFF’s docket ranges across the technological and legal landscape, from online fair use of copyrighted materials to illegal government spying; take a look at http://www.eff.org/cases/ for details about our work preserving constitutional values in the digital world. Summer legal internships are full-time, 40 hours per week minimum, and last 10-14 weeks (typically mid-May through mid-August). The summer internship application typically opens around November 1 and closes around February 15. For more information, please visit: https://www.eff.org/about/opportunities/interns.

Department of Energy (DOE) Office of General Counsel Law Student Intern Program. 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 components of our practice groups by working closely with attorneys throughout the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information please visit: http://energy.gov/gc/general-counsel-law-student-intern-program.

National Nuclear Security Administration Legal Internship Program. The NNSA Office of General Counsel has an internship program that employs student interns year-round. The office employ interns or externs part-time during the academic year and full-time in the summer. 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. All areas of law are involved, including procurement, environmental, fiscal, labor, national security, and international law. Applications for the legal internship are reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information please visit: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa-legal-internship-program. Please contact OPIA to facilitate an application.

Army Judge Advocate General Corps 2L Summer Internship Program. Qualified second-year law (2L) students at ABA-accredited law schools have the opportunity to join the U.S. Army JAG Corps on an internship. As an intern, you’ll be given a variety of responsibilities. You’ll have to think on your feet, make decisions, and you’ll be involved in cases from start to finish. 2L Deadline: November 1, 2018. For more information please visit: http://www.goarmy.com/jag/summer-intern-program.html.

Department of the Navy (DON) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Summer Law Clerk Program. The DON OGC Summer Law Clerk Program is an exciting way to spend your summer.  Our program benefits include: a paid summer clerkship; an assigned mentor and co-mentor; assignments in multiple legal practice areas; experience drafting legal writing samples; annual and sick leave; transportation subsidy benefits; scheduled events at the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court, Naval Academy, and Naval Ships and Aircraft; potential for an Advance Commitment to work for OGC after law school; and exposure to DON OGC senior leadership, including members of the Senior Executive Service. Applications are not yet open. For more information please visit: www.secnav.navy.mil/OGC/Pages/Law-Students.aspx.

Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Office of the General Counsel (OGC) Honors Legal Intern Program. Each year the Office of General Counsel seeks high achieving law students to participate in the OSD Honors Legal Internship Program. The program provides an introduction to the dynamic legal environment of the Department of Defense and affords participants a wide variety of learning experiences. Expected start date is May 30, 2019. This program is 10 weeks.

The Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice. The mission of the Office of Legal Policy (OLP) is to plan, develop and coordinate the implementation of major legal policy initiatives of high priority to the Department and the Administration. OLP functions as a focal point for the development and coordination of Department policy. First-year (second semester), second- and third-year law students are eligible to apply. 6 positions are available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but no later than January 31, 2019.  For more information please visit: https://www.justice.gov/olp/employment-internship-opportunities.

Department of Treasury General Counsel Summer Intern Program. The Department of the Treasury offers a volunteer summer intern program for law students.  Students selected as summer interns will work in Washington, D.C., in one of the following offices:

  • Assistant General Counsel for Banking and Finance
  • Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence
  • Assistant General Counsel for General Law, Ethics and Regulation
  • Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs
  • Office of Tax Legislative Counsel
  • International Tax Counsel
  • Benefits Tax Counsel
  • Chief Counsel, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Chief Counsel, Bureau of Engraving and Printing
  • Chief Counsel, Office of Financial Research
  • Chief Counsel, Office of Foreign Assets Control
  • Chief Counsel, United States Mint

Applications for Summer 2019 are not yet open. For more information please visit: https://www.treasury.gov/careers/Pages/honors.aspx.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a unique law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), whose mission is to protect our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. Applications for the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) close September 4, 2018. Applications for the Summer Volunteer Legal Intern Program close December 1, 2018. For more information please visit: https://www.atf.gov/careers/attorneys.

The National Security Division, Office of Law and Policy, Department of Justice Law Student Volunteer. The National Security Division’s (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department’s efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage, and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. Open to all law students. Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Number of positions: 2-3. Applications are not yet open. For more information please visit: https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/job/law-student-volunteer-summer-2018-office-law-and-policy.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the General Counsel (OGC). DHS OGC is seeking applicants for the General Counsel’s Law Student Summer Volunteer Program. Applications are currently closed. For more information please visit: https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-careers/law-student-summer-volunteer-program.

 

 Job Opportunities:

National Security Agency (NSA). The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking superior Honors Program applicants who are interested in joining its elite team of lawyers who provide legal advice to the Agency as it carries out its missions.  At NSA OGC, you will analyze cutting-edge technical and intelligence issues and will frequently provide legal advice that relates to high-profile current events affecting our national security.  Attorneys working in NSA OGC apply their expertise, skills, and education to solve a variety of challenges not found in the private sector or at any other government agency. Posting closes September 8, 2018. For more information, please visit: Job ID 30000891.

Third Way. Third Way is seeking a Fellow to join its dynamic National Security team, which provides elected officials, policy makers, and candidates with a foundation to address many critical security topics. The program crafts tough and smart security agendas with a focus on global hotspots, national security law, budgets, and public opinion. The team identifies pragmatic solutions for high-profile national security problems that have complex politics, with a focus on legislation.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in law, international relations, foreign affairs, political science, or national security with at least 1-2 years of experience in public policy, including internships, professional, and course work. Strong research skills are a must, along with knowledge of the legislative process. Fellows must be able to explain complicated concepts in a way that makes sense to the general public and engages and excites the audience. While this position requires strong technical skills, Third Way’s success relies on our ability to build relationships and communicate our message. This includes a disposition to exercise diplomacy and discretion in dealing with external groups. A willingness to work collaboratively on a team while taking initiative on individual projects, an aptitude to multi-task on various assignments in distinct issue areas, and a capacity to solve problems creatively and think outside the box is integral to a successful fellowship at Third Way. Finally, Fellows must have a deep commitment to smart and tough national security, and Third Way’s mission of representing Americans in the “vital center.”

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to fellowship@thirdway.org; include “National Security Fellowship” in the subject line. We place a high value on your cover letter. Tell us about a new idea that you’ve explored in your work. And be sure to show us your personality, too. Application is due March 1, 2019. For more information please visit: http://www.thirdway.org/about/fellows-program/national-security-fellow.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National Security Project. The National Security Project is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. national security policies and practices are consistent with the Constitution, civil liberties, and human rights. Interns will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation.  There is an opening for a staff attorney. Applications will be open until the position is filled.  For more information, please visit: https://www.aclu.org/careers/staff-attorney-nsp-12-national-security-project-ny.

Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Office of General Counsel (OGC). The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is part of the CIA’s Enterprise Functions, which provides governance and oversight to the business of intelligence effort across the Agency at Headquarters and in locations worldwide. OGC is an independent office of the CIA that provides legal advice and guidance to the Agency and to the Director of the CIA. Learn more about the Office of General Counsel at https://www.cia.gov/offices-of-cia/general-counsel/Posting closes March 14, 2019. For more information, please visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/494069300.