The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), akin to an in-house counsel, is located at EEOC Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation/gender identity), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information (including family medical history). These laws apply to most employers with at least 15 employees. They also cover most labor unions and employment agencies.
The EEOC's Office of Legal Counsel, located at EEOC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., is akin to an in-house counsel. It is composed of five divisions, including the Title VII/ADEA/EPA Division, ADA/GINA Policy Division, Coordination Division, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program, and Advice & External Litigation Division.
OLC Internship Program Description: The Office of Legal Counsel Internship Program accepts current law students who possess strong legal research, analysis and writing skills. Interns will perform legal research and assist in drafting policy and will also have the opportunity to attend Commission meetings where employment discrimination guidance is discussed. They also may have opportunities to attend forums covering various employment discrimination topics, as well as coordination meetings with other federal agencies. Internships are unpaid volunteer positions, but the Office of Legal Counsel can help students with applications for external stipends or academic credit.
Selection Criteria: Selections are made based on many elements of a candidate's background, including a demonstrated commitment to public service, interest in civil rights issues, academic achievement, leadership, journal or moot court experience, legal aid and clinical experience, past employment, and extracurricular activities that relate to the work of the Commission.
Applications: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample (5-10 pages), and transcript (unofficial OK) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cover letter should indicate which Division(s) you are interested in applying to. Please format applications in either MSWord or Adobe PDF formats.
Deadlines: OLC will not be hiring interns for Fall 2019. Applications for an internship for Spring 2020 are due by November 1, 2019. Applications for an internship for Summer 2020 will be considered on a rolling basis, starting September 6, 2019. Applications should specify whether they are for Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, as well as which OLC Division(s) is/are of interest (Title VII/ADEA/EPA Division, ADA/GINA Policy Division, Coordination Division, or Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Programs Division).