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Lawfare Internship

Internship Summary

This fall internship, beginning in September 2015, is a paid opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with an interest in national security. Interns will be responsible for helping to run and maintain Lawfare, a website devoted to serious, non-ideological discussion of national security legal and policy issues. Lawfare has emerged as the internet’s indispensable resource for information and analysis on the law of national security. Devoted to “Hard National Security Choices,” the site features top-quality writing and analysis from experts on developing stories in the national security arena, relevant legislation, and judicial opinions. It is a digital magazine that includes a podcast, a book review, research tools, a daily news roundup, an events calendar, and exhaustive coverage of events other media touch only glancingly.

This internship pays an hourly rate of $10.50, and ideally applicants will work part-time during regular business hours (dependent on the applicant’s school schedule), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship is based in Washington, DC and will last approximately 10- 12 weeks (depending on the start date).

Primary Responsibilities

The Lawfare intern’s responsibilities fall into three categories:

Writing:

- Work with Associate Editor to monitor national security and foreign policy developments, and 2-3 times per week, co-write “Today’s Headlines and Commentary.”
- Work with Associate Editor to co-write “The Week that Will Be,” a weekly feature that outlines upcoming events, academic announcements, and employment announcements. 
- Work with the Associate Editor to co-write a regular deep-dive analytical piece on a relevant national security law and policy issue. 
- Sole-author “The Week that Was,” a weekly piece that provides a guide to the week’s Lawfare content. 

Research:

- Provide research support to the Lawfare editorial team as needed. Current projects include a book manuscript on data and technology proliferation and their implications for security; a paper on technology and privacy; and a paper on military justice.
- Work to develop the Lawfare Wiki by taking a deep research dive into one or two areas of national security law. The intern will identify key primary source materials, summarize relevant documents, and create and develop the topic page on Lawfare.

Maintaining the blog:

- Tag and categorize all Lawfare posts
- Track relevant Congressional hearings
- Track and add relevant events to the Events Calendar

In addition to their primary responsibilities, interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, hearings on Capitol Hill, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.

Education/Skills/ Experience

Graduate or undergraduate student (who has completed their sophomore year) working towards a degree in government, political science and law are encouraged to apply. Recent college graduates are also eligible to apply. Our most successful interns have very strong writing, analytical, and research skills, as well as excellent verbal and organizational skills---preferably demonstrated through prior independent research or previous experience internships.

Application Procedure

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To be considered, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Applicants should apply online at the Brookings portal, uploading two documents when prompted:

1. A cover letter highlighting your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals; and

2. A resume along with college transcripts and contact information for three academic or professional references. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation rather than references are acceptable.

Legal Intern

ORGANIZATION:          International Committee of the Red Cross

FUNCTION:                      Legal Intern

DEPARTMENT:              International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

Place of employment:  Washington

DIRECT SUPERIOR:     Legal Advisor

FUNCTION DESCRIPTION

Intern – International Humanitarian Law

OBJECTIVE:  The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team. 

Minimum required knowledge & experience:

  • Basic knowledge of IHL and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).

  • Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French an asset

  • Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree (or JD graduate pursuing another graduate degree)

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (Work permits are not sufficient)

JOB DESCRIPTION

Main Responsibilities

Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.  

  1. Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, and other related topics.  Possibility of authoring articles or other short pieces for the ICRC’s U.S. blog (intercrossblog.icrc.org).

  2. Monitor Legal Developments Regular monitoring of legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation.  In addition to research, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team. 

  3. Reporting. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs.  Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.   

Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the IHL Legal Advisor.  He/she is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties.

The intern will be expected to work 20 hours a week for the Fall semester.  This is a paid internship.  For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at [email protected].  To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Clare Taylor at [email protected]. Applications are due July 10th, 2015.

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

About the Office: 

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.

Job Description: 

Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.

Qualifications: 

Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.

Salary: 

Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.

Application Process: 

Cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email to [email protected]

The subject line should read: “[Last name] Intern Application”. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

National Security Division
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy)

Application Deadline:

Spring 2016 - September 1, 2015
Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

Please send all applications to the email address [email protected]

Number of Positions: 2

Associate Chief Counsel (Enforcement)

ORGANIZATION:              Department of Homeland Security

SALARY RANGE: $121,956 - 183,300
DEADLINE: July 6, 2015
POSITION INFORMATION: Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS: Washington, DC
WHO MAY APPLY: US Citizens
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Top Secret/SCI

 

Job Summary:

The incumbent of this position serves as the Associate Chief Counsel (Enforcement), in the Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in direct support of the General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The General Counsel, who is appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the Department's chief legal advisor and principal legal advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security and, as such, has final authority and responsibility for legal policy determinations within the Department and its components.

 

Qualifications:

See job annoucement. 

How to Apply: 

Apply through the USA Jobs portal here

Analyst in Cybersecurity Policy

ORGANIZATION:              Library of Congress

SALARY RANGE: $107,325 - 139,523
DEADLINE: June 19, 2015
POSITION INFORMATION: Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS: Washington, DC
WHO MAY APPLY: US Citizens
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Top Secret

 

Job Summary:

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) Government and Finance (G&F) Division is seeking an Analyst in Cybersecurity Policy to conduct analyses that inform congressional deliberations on civilian federal and private-sector cybersecurity policy and legislation. The analyst will apply broad knowledge of policy and technical approaches to examine the efforts of federal entities, the private sector, and public/private partnerships regarding cybersecurity; address the policy impacts of information technology security; and analyze the threats and impacts of cyberattacks, vulnerabilities of information technology, and defense and countermeasures in a legislative policy context.

The analyst will provide objective, expert policy analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff, including preparing objective, authoritative, non-partisan, and innovative analytical studies on policy issues of national or international significance; providing personal assistance as a national expert on public policy issues throughout the legislative process, including analyzing and evaluating legislative proposals; and planning and leading multi-disciplinary team research projects and seminars.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation's best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

Qualifications:

Applicants must also have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

How to Apply: 

Apply through the USA Jobs portal here.