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Office of the Chair Charlotte A. Burrows U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Internship Program 2022-2023

About the Office of Chair Charlotte A. Burrows

Created by the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the Commission or EEOC) 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, and gender identity), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.  The Office of Chair Burrows, headquartered in Washington, D.C., assists the Chair in fulfilling her responsibilities as the Chair of the EEOC.  As the Chair of the Commission and one of five Commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, the Chair directs agency operations and votes on all matters that come before the Commission, including regulations and policy matters, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, subpoena determinations and contracts.  The Chair may also issue Commissioner's charges of discrimination, where appropriate; and performs such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order.  In addition, the Chair also directs special assignments and projects on behalf of the Commission.  For more about Chair Charlotte A. Burrows, see https://www.eeoc.gov/charlotte-burrows-chair.

Internship Requirements

The Office is currently looking for 2L, 3L or L.L.M. students to assist as interns on a variety of substantive legal and policy initiatives to support the Commission's work. Successful applicants will possess strong legal research, analysis and writing skills and have a demonstrated interest in civil rights issues, employment law, or public interest law.  Interns will be supervised by an attorney and will have opportunities to produce a legal writing work-product.  

Internships are unpaid volunteer positions, but the office will assist students with their applications for external stipends or academic credit.  

Fall and Spring internships are part-time, approximately 12-18 hours a week for 8-12 weeks, but schedules are flexible and negotiable.  Summer internships are full-time, minimum of 10 week commitment.

In light of the pandemic, fall or spring or summer internships may be completed remotely and online, depending on the current status of federal, state, and local public health guidance, EEOC’s status, any restrictions imposed by a candidate’s law school, and any other relevant considerations. Such arrangements shall be negotiated at the time an offer is made and adjustments may be made during the semester as well depending on the status of the pandemic. Our priority is the health and safety of all interns and workers.

Intern Responsibilities

Interns conduct research and prepare memoranda on a range of issues under the federal civil rights statutes and other relevant federal statutes. Interns assist in reviewing, researching and making recommendations on the documents presented for approval by the Chair, such as policy guidance, litigation recommendations, federal sector appellate cases, amicus briefs, and subpoena determinations.  Interns may also assist in the drafting of talking points and speeches for the Chair and staff, as well as the preparation of Commission meetings.

To Apply

E-mail a cover letter (indicating a Fall 2022, Spring or Summer 2023 position), resume, writing sample (5-10 pages), and 3 professional references to OCHintern@eeoc.gov. Be sure to include your first name, last name & desired term in the subject line (e.g., John/Jane Doe: Summer 2022 Intern Candidate).  

Deadlines

Applications for Fall internships are due no later than  August 19, 2022  Applications for Spring internships are due no later than October 18, 2022. Applications for Summer internships are due no later than January 10, 2023.