Summer legal internships in Washington, D.C.

The Levin Center at Wayne Law has three legal internships available for summer 2017 working in congressional committee offices in Washington, D.C.

  • Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee with Sen. Sherrod Brown
  • Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate¬†Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee with Sen. Claire McCaskill
  • Majority Staff of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee with Sen. Chuck Grassley

The positions each will involve work with congressional staff from both parties and a bipartisan approach to legislative oversight.

The positions are for a period of 10 to 12 weeks and provide a stipend of $5,000 each for travel and living expenses. The students will work under the supervision of an experienced attorney who is engaged in conducting oversight on behalf of a congressional committee. The students will be able to observe the practice of congressional oversight from the inside, which may include:

  • How issues are selected
  • How witnesses are interviewed
  • How to prepare document requests and review documents
  • Memo and report writing
  • Preparation and conduct of hearings
  • Interactions with the press
  • Staff briefings
  • Development of solutions to identified problems

Duties may include research, writing, document management, possibly hearing preparation and logistical support. 

The legal interns also will meet several times with one of the Washington co-directors of the Levin Center to discuss their experiences, congressional operations in general and the elements of in-depth, bipartisan, fact-based oversight. The Washington co-directors are both longtime attorneys who practiced oversight and investigations in Congress for more than 20 years.

Applicants should have completed their second year of law school by the internship start date; have a strong interest in the workings of Congress and the Executive Branch; have strong writing and research skills; be comfortable in a fast-moving, unpredictable environment; be willing to work long hours; and be willing to perform mundane tasks to accomplish the work of the office. 

To apply, submit your resume, a two- to three-page writing sample and two references to Kaylee Place at kaylee.place@wayne.edu by Sunday, Jan. 1. Questions also should be directed to Place. Final selection will be made by Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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