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Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs - Internship Program

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs (OCLA) at the U.S. has internship opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate/professional students. EEOC prevents and remedies unlawful employment discrimination and advances equal opportunity for all in the workplace. The EEOC is the federal agency charged with enforcing federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, transgender status, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.  OCLA represents the EEOC to the general public, the news media, and Congress.  

Applicants should have an interest in civil rights, strong Microsoft Office experience, and excellent writing, communication and organization skills.  EEOC internships are unpaid; however, interns may receive academic credit.

The EEOC is an equal opportunity employer.

The internship opportunities in OCLA include:


Communications intern assignments could include assisting OCLA communications staff with various projects such as drafting content for agency social media channels and the website, drafting press releases, drafting talking points, assisting with the development and implementation of communications strategies, assisting with media outreach and working on special projects.  

Legislative Affairs

Legislative Affairs intern assignments could include assisting OCLA legislative affairs staff with various projects such as researching and tracking legislative issues and bills, developing materials for dissemination to congressional staff, drafting responses to congressional inquiries, and attending and participating in congressional briefings.

OCLA External Reports, Audits and Advice

Intern assignments could include assisting OCLA staff in researching and responding to inquiries and requests from the Congressional Budget Office, the Government Accountability Office and the Office of Management and Budget, preparing agency reports, and researching and preparing legal and policy advice and memoranda for OCLA staff on issues involving communications, legislative affairs, and agency procedures.

How to Apply

To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, and references to  In your cover letter, please explain the requirements of your school's internship/externship program, if applicable.  Potential interns should indicate the semester or session for which they are seeking consideration and their areas of interest within OCLA.  Internships are available during the regular school year, as well as through the summer.


Though OCLA is located in Washington, DC, there may be opportunities to participate in our internship program remotely.  To do so, candidates must have a demonstrated ability to work independently, as evidenced by prior experience and/or statements from references.  In addition, candidates must receive approval from their University to participate in the program remotely.