Positions Available: 1-2 semester and 1-2 summer internships with the Legal Unit of the Boston Area Office of the EEOC.
To Apply: Applications for unpaid internships occurring during the school year may be made at any time. Email a cover letter, resume and transcript to Markus.Penzel@eeoc.gov. Applications for summer internships should be made no later than February 1st.
What to Expect: Students primarily will work with Trial Attorneys engaged in litigation against employers for violations of Title VII, the ADEA and the ADA. This work will mostly be legal research and writing. Students may assist in interviewing claimants or witnesses, help prepare discovery responses based on those interviews, or help prepare claimants or witnesses for deposition. Students may also be asked to abstract depositions and develop fact responses for defending against motions for summary judgment. Students may also work with enforcement staff involved in investigating Charges of Discrimination.
In addition to the legal assignments, interns are given the opportunity to observe different aspects of agency functions. Depending on availability and schedules, students will sit it on intake interviews, mediation sessions, Administrative Hearings, court hearings on routine and contested matters, and, sometimes, trials. Students will also have opportunities to observe depositions. When possible, the students are encouraged to observe activities that build upon work they have performed. For example, if a student has provided research on a motion, they are encouraged to attend court when the motion is heard. If they have interviewed witnesses on a case, they are encouraged to then sit in on depositions related to that case.
Our office works to ensure that students are given a wide variety of work and the opportunity to interact with as many different attorneys and staff members as possible.
Requirements: Interns are asked to provide 16-40 hours per week of work. Candidates will be evaluated based on academic performance, demonstrated research and writing skills, and interest in furthering the mission of the agency
For more information, go to The EEOC Boston Area Office.