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Jobs and Internships
Volunteer Legal Internships
The Office of the General Counsel welcomes applications from law students for various internships offered in our offices. These positions are available year round and may be with or without academic credit. Please see the information below for a list of our current internship opportunities. The Office of the General Counsel is an equal employment opportunity employer.
Office of General Law
The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for General Law, which is part of the Office of the General Counsel, directly serves the Secretary of Transportation and the Department's senior officials by providing legal advice, counsel, and representation that reflect a problem-solving approach to achieving national transportation policy goals and the efficient operations of the Department. The issues that we deal with are wide-ranging and ever-changing. The General Counsel's management team is committed to our employees and to ensuring that our Office is a place where the quality of our work is matched by the quality of our work experience.
The Office of General Law has unpaid legal internships available for each semester and during the summer. As an intern, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of matters such as: appropriations, fiscal law and financial management; acquisitions, financial assistance and public private partnerships; innovative financing; real property and asset management; information technology investment and capital planning; employee ethical conduct, conflicts of interest and political activities; equal employment opportunity and other civil rights matters; Federal personnel and employment; and alternative dispute resolution. The successful candidate will have strong research and writing skills, the ability to work within tight deadlines on multiple projects and strong interpersonal skills.
Applications for Summer 2013 must be received by Friday, February 15, 2013. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to the Office of General Counsel, Office of General Law (C-10), U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590, Attention: Debra J. Rosen or by email to email@example.com.
Office of International Law
The Office of International Law, U. S. Department of Transportation, has unpaid legal clinical internships available for JD candidates for each semester and during the summer. The internships may be with or without academic credit. The Office of International Law provides legal support to the Office of the Secretary in all modes of Transportation. Its areas of responsibility include transportation negotiations with foreign countries (including aviation, maritime, global position satellite matters, and trade), international transportation safety and security, Global Satellite issues, aviation licensing and regulatory matters involving international transportation, and international aviation antitrust matters. Projects have included research and analysis of the law of executive agreements, treaty denunciation, and dispute resolution clauses in international agreements, writing international technical cooperation agreements, review of legislation affecting international transportation, and review of orders granting license authority to U.S. and foreign air carriers in contested adjudicatory cases.
Applications for summer 2013 are due February 1 and should be sent to INTERNATIONAL.LAW@dot.gov.
Office of Litigation
The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Litigation provides advice and legal counsel for litigation in which the Department is a party or has an interest. The Office oversees all Supreme Court cases and appellate cases involving the Department, supervises the preparation of all filings before independent regulatory agencies in proceedings in which the Department has an interest, and provides legal advice concerning litigation risk, pre- and post-litigation policy decisions, bankruptcy proceedings, and antitrust issues. The Office works with the Offices of the Chief Counsels of the various DOT modal administrations, which handle cases involving modal administration issues.
As an intern/extern, you will have the opportunity to work on cases requiring extensive legal research, brief writing, settlement negotiations, as well as other duties necessary for the handling of pending litigation matters. Ideal candidates will have strong writing and analytical skills, the ability to work within tight deadlines on multiple projects simultaneously, exceptional legal research skills, and a desire to learn about the nation's transportation industry. While the position is unpaid, in the past, our interns have been able to receive academic credit for their experiences in our office through programs with their law schools.
We are now seeking applications for Summer 2013. The application period will close on Friday, February 15, 2013. To apply, please send your resume, along with a short cover letter (1 page maximum) and a writing sample (20 pages or less) to the attention of Timothy H. Goodman, Senior Trial Attorney via email only at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings
The Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, U. S. Department of Transportation, has unpaid legal clinical internships available for each semester and during the summer. The internships may be with or without academic credit. The Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, including its Aviation Consumer Protection Division, monitors compliance with and investigates violations of the Department's aviation economic requirements on behalf of its client, the Secretary of Transportation. Where necessary it pursues enforcement action, which may be in the nature of warning letters or more formal action, such as consent orders or administrative litigation to impose cease and desist provisions and civil penalties on those who violate DOT authorizing statutes or the regulations and orders issued thereunder. The office may also seek injunctive relief in U.S. District Courts. The office also provides legal review and investigative support to the Office of Aviation Analysis on initial and continuing fitness matters of airline applicants and airlines, respectively, and acts as Public Counsel in hearing cases involving fitness, international aviation carrier selection proceedings, and other matters as assigned by the Secretary.
Projects would include the following: (1) handling enforcement cases relating to the Department's regulations covering, among other matters, deceptive advertising, public charters, and reporting requirements; and (2) investigation and legal analysis of complaints alleging violations by airlines of the civil rights of passengers.
For more information contact:Ms. Lisa Swafford-Brooks, Chief, Aviation Licensing Compliance Branch, 202-366-9342, Lisa.SwaffordBrooks@dot.gov, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, (C-70), Washington, DC 20590
Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution
The practice of law is often about conflict: winners and losers, suing or protecting against suits. But law can be about something else. Law can be about problem-solving, positive outcomes, and enhancing professional and personal relationships. Law can be about better results. The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution provides legal and policy advice on alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The Center builds the Department's ADR capacity to improve program performance and customer service.
If you are interested in learning more about this growing area of the law, the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution has unpaid legal clinical internships available for each semester and during the summer. The internships may be with or without academic credit.
The Center offers an opportunity to work in a variety of areas: Training and Education: The Center offers informational and skill-based training workshops on topics including conflict management, communication skills, basic mediation skills, advanced mediation skills, interest-based problem solving, and representing clients in mediation. In addition, the Center maintains resources including publications, videotapes, and other materials about dispute resolution and conflict management. Mediation and Facilitation Services: The Center provides mediation and facilitation services to help interested parties resolve disputes efficiently and effectively. The Center also helps customers identify ADR providers outside the agency.
Dispute Systems Design and Implementation: The Center develops overall ADR policy within the Department, and helps organizations design and implement specific ADR mechanisms that meet the organization's particular needs.
For more information contact: Fern Kaufman, email@example.com Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, 202-366-8067, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.