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Intern Program
US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Office of Federal Operations

The Office of Federal Operations (OFO) ensures equality of opportunity within the federal government through its oversight function and by vigorously enforcing, through our regulatory and adjudicatory authority, federal legislation prohibiting discrimination in employment by government agencies. The office is composed of three units, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

  • Attorneys in the Appellate Review Program (ARP) review the administrative record in employment discrimination appeals from federal employees, conduct extensive legal research and write appellate decisions on behalf of the Commission.
  • Attorneys and EEO Specialists in the Federal Sector Program (FSP) have oversight responsibility for federal agencies' equal employment opportunity programs nationwide. They provide technical assistance and program, policy and legal guidance and expertise to EEOC stakeholders.
  • Attorneys in the Special Services Staff Unit conduct special EEO investigations, participate in alternative dispute resolution activities, and perform legal research and writing for the quarterly EEO Digest.

OFO interns assist in researching and drafting appellate decisions, preparing legal memoranda on various EEO issues, providing technical assistance and guidance to EEOC stakeholders, responding to congressional inquiries, monitoring compliance with OFO decisions, drafting EEO Digest summaries, and researching special topics in EEO law. Interns also attend numerous training programs, including agency wide and internal brown bag presentations. Thus, applicants must have strong analytical, research and writing skills, and should have an interest in discrimination, civil rights and/or public interest law.

Positions Available & Work Requirements: The office has multiple vacancies for unpaid internships available on a rolling basis throughout the year. The office preference is for interns who are able to commit to a full-time work schedule, however semester interns are asked to provide at least 20 hours per week. Summer legal interns are asked to commit to a full-time schedule for a total of 8-10 weeks during the summer. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and short writing sample to, 202-663-4536 or 202-663-4474, or send to:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Office of Federal Operations Intern Program
131 M Street, NE
Washington, DC 20507
FAX: (202) 663-7022
TTY: (202) 663-4593