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OCOM strives to make its internship a positive learning experience tailored to the needs or interests of each individual intern. Duties may include the following:

  • Reviewing incoming and drafting responses to citizen mail.

  • Monitoring and reporting on Congressional hearings, bill mark-ups, news briefings, or other events of interest to OJP.

  • Performing legislative and other research.

  • Assisting in preparing briefing books and special reports.

  • Assisting in analyzing pending legislation.

  • Assisting in Congressional notification of grants or other routine administrative duties as needed.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the desired start date to accommodate the required security investigation and FBI fingerprint check. The deadlines for applications are:

  • Summer semester - March 15
  • Fall semester - July 1
  • Spring semester - November 15

Because of the competitive nature of the application process, students are encouraged to apply several weeks before these deadlines.

To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. To apply, send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the internship and when you will be available, along with your resume and your current college transcript. Send applications to:

Deborah Sheetz
Intern Coordinator, Office of Communications
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
Phone: 202–514–9338
Fax: 202–514–5958
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