The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, April 4, 2016, 12:16 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Monday, April 4th at 12 pm: The CATO Institute will host John Mueller and Mark G. Stewart for a discussion of their new book Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism. Rosa Brooks will provide comments and Christopher Preble will moderate the conversation. RSVP.

Wednesday, April 6th at 4 pm: The Atlantic Council will host a conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Karen DeYoung of the Washington Post will moderate the discussion. Register or watch the live webcast here.

Thursday, April 7th at 11:45 am: The Hudson Institute will host Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Michael Doran, Michele Dunne, Ambassador Eric Edelman, and Robert Satloff for a discussion entitled Assessing the Obama Doctrine in the Middle East—What Next? Register to attend here.

Thursday, April 7th at 12:30 pm: At the New America Foundation, Juliette Kayyem, a former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, will speak about her new book Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting our Homeland and Your Home. Peter Bergen will moderate the discussion. RSVP.

Friday, April 8th at 12:15 pm: At the New America Foundation, Patrik Meyer and Peter Bergen will discuss China's Counter-Extremism Efforts in Xinxiang: Radicalizing the Uyghurs? Register here.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

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.


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.


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

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:

Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

Please send all applications to the email address

Number of Positions: 2