The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) is responsible for the enforcement of most of the federal statutes that protect consumers from deceptive, unfair, or fraudulent practices. Many of these laws provide for both civil and criminal penalties. CPB also defends the federal government in suits that challenge the policies of consumer protection agencies.
We offer a few unpaid internships for undergraduate students each semester. This summer we expect to host a remote internship program.
The responsibilities of an intern include a wide range of duties in support of our Branch’s attorneys and paralegals. Some intern projects include conducting factual research for the Branch’s cases, reviewing documents to identify evidence of fraudulent activity or victims of fraud, and summarizing transcripts and other court records.
In addition, the Branch’s attorneys give weekly brown bag lunch presentations to the interns about particular cases or investigations. Interns are also encouraged to attend scheduled webinars and training sessions that provide them with a broad overview of the legal system.
Interns work on substantive case projects, and are exposed to a variety of case investigative techniques, and agency interrelationships. As such, interns who work at CPB can expect to have an experience that is both productive and educational.
Candidates work full time in the summer. We have no objection to candidates seeking school credit for this internship. We seek students who have demonstrated academic success (GPA of 3.3 or higher), and their interest in the law.
LENGTH OF INTERNSHIP: June 1 to August 6, 2021
REQUIREMENTS: Criminal Background Check
U.S. Citizenship Required
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 5, 2021
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript (all together in one pdf) to Intern Coordinator Lisa Mitzelfeld.
*In your cover letter, you should articulate why you are specifically interested in the work at CPB, and how an internship in our office would further your professional goals.