Thursday, December 15, 2011

Internship Opportunity - Office of Enforcement Operations

The Criminal Division’s Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO) provides prosecutorial and investigative support and legal advice to Department of Justice (DOJ) components in over 40 substantive areas. Over 100 employees work in five separate units comprising OEO: the Electronic Surveillance Unit, the International Prisoner Transfer Unit, the Special Operations Unit, the Policy and Statutory Enforcement Unit, and the Freedom of Information Act Unit. OEO attorneys and analysts review applications to use electronic surveillance in federal criminal investigations; applications to enter the Federal Witness Security Program (WSP); requests for witness immunities; requests to close public court proceedings; requests to transfer convicted prisoners to and from foreign countries to serve remaining sentences; and requests to issue subpoenas or search warrants upon attorneys or members of the media. OEO provides prosecutorial and investigative support services to U.S. Attorneys' Offices (USAOs), various Justice Department components, and federal law enforcement agencies. OEO also assists in developing Justice Department policy on emerging technologies and telecommunications issues, and serves as the Victim-Witness coordinator for the Criminal Division. Please visit OEO’s website:

 OEO is seeking to hire approximately 7-9 Summer interns in 2012. In some units, OEO interns work on actual cases, under the supervision of OEO attorneys. Interns review and evaluate applications and requests from various agencies or units within the Department of Justice (DOJ), and prepare memoranda with recommendations for the OEO Director or Unit Chiefs. Interns may work with OEO attorneys on a variety of research projects. OEO interns have frequent contact with Assistant United States Attorneys and various law enforcement agencies involved in investigating and prosecuting criminal cases. Interns also review and respond to correspondence from states, foreign governments, and prisoners, as well as attend meetings with representatives from foreign governments and representatives from U.S. government agencies. Interns attend court proceedings, visit prison facilities and observe operational wire rooms.


All applicants must be U.S. citizens, currently enrolled in school and must successfully complete an extensive security background investigation, requiring fingerprint submission. The background investigation generally takes two or three months to complete. Applicants must have strong academic credentials, excellent writing skills, and a desire to work in a fast-paced environment. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample. Applications will be received from December 1, 2011 through February 15, 2012. OEO will hold in-person, telephone, and video-teleconference interviews beginning in December, thus early submission of applications is encouraged. The term of the internship will vary, depending on OEO’s needs, but the minimum term will be 11 weeks.

Email application packages to Anna Azmi, Administrative Officer, OEO,

DOJ is an Equal Opportunity, Reasonable Accommodation Employer.