Department of Justice
The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) is responsible for the enforcement of most of the Federal statutes that protect consumers from deceptive, unfair, or fraudulent practices. Many of these laws provide for both civil and criminal penalties. CPB also defends the Government in suits that challenge the policies of consumer protection agencies. We offer a few unpaid internships for undergraduate students.
The responsibilities of an intern include a wide range of duties in support of our Branch’s attorneys and paralegals. Some intern projects include conducting factual research for the Branch’s cases, reviewing documents to identify evidence of fraudulent activity or victims of fraud, and summarizing transcripts and other court records.
In addition, the Branch’s attorneys give weekly brown bag lunch presentations to the interns about particular cases or investigations. When the Supreme Court is in session, reserved seating may be obtained for each intern to observe the Justices hear cases or deliver opinions (seating based on availability). Interns are also encouraged to attend scheduled seminars, tours, and lectures, that provide them with a broad overview of the legal system.
Interns are exposed to a variety of office procedures, case investigative techniques, and agency interrelationships. As such, interns who work at CPB can expect to have an experience that is both productive and educational.
Candidates work full time in the summer. We have no objection to candidates seeking school credit for this internship. We seek students who have demonstrated academic success (GPA of 3.3 or higher). Although we will consider students with lower GPAs, especially if they show a strong stated interest in our office.
- Criminal Background Check
- U.S. Citizenship Required
If you receive an offer, supplemental funding may be available from Penn Wharton PPI. Once you hear back from the organization with an offer, please fill out the funding application form here: http://bit.ly/InternshipFunding
How to Apply
Please send a pdf version of your cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to Intern Coordinator Lisa Mitzelfeld. Lisa.Mitzelfeld@usdoj.gov
Your cover letter should articulate why you are interested specifically in the work that our office does, and how an internship in our office would further your personal or professional goals.
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