The Week That Will Be

The Week that Will Be

By Staley Smith
Monday, July 27, 2015, 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Tuesday, July 28th at 10 am: Hearing: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement: The Administration’s Case. Chairman of the Committee Ed Royce (R-CA) expects that Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew will “face tough questions before the Committee, as we continue our comprehensive review of the Iran deal and the Administration’s overall regional policy.” For more information visit the event website, or watch the hearing live on the video feed.

Tuesday, July 28th at 11 am: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) will deliver a keynote address at the Hudson Institute discussing the question at hand: Can the P5+1’s Vienna Deal Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Breakout? The conversation will be moderated by Lee Smith of the Hudson Institute and will feature remarks by William Tobey of Harvard University’s Belfer Center and Michael Doran and Hillel Fradkin, both of the Hudson Institute. RSVP here.

Tuesday, July 28th at 2 pm: The House Subcommittee on Homeland Security will host a hearing on Promoting and Incentivizing Cybersecurity Best Practices. The hearing will “examine the potential benefits of expanding the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act to include cybersecurity and will review if this legislative fix could further promote cybersecurity awareness and incentivize investments in cybersecurity.” Opening statements will be made by Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and those testifying will include: Mr. Brian Finch Senior of the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at the George Washington University; Mr. Raymond B. Biagini of Covington & Burling; and Ms. Andrea M. Matwyshyn of the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. For more information visit the event website, or watch the hearing live on the video feed.

Wednesday, July 29th at 10 am: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing on Women Under ISIS Rule: From Brutality to Recruitment. Those providing testimony will be: Ms. Sasha Havlicek of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue; Ariel Ahram of Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs; Kathleen Kuehnast of the United States Institute of Peace; and Mr. Edward Watts, the director and producer of Escaping ISIS. Watch the hearing live on the video feed, or to find more information, visit the event website .

Wednesday, July 29th at 10 am: The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet will host a hearing on Internet of Things, led by Chairman Bob Goodlatte. Get more details here.

Wednesday, July 29th at 10 am: Mr. Michael Eisenstadt and Mr. Michael Singh Lane-Swig, both of the Washington Institute, will testify on the Potential Implications in the Region of the Iran Deal at a hearing held by the House Armed Services Committee. Find more information about the event here.

Thursday, July 30th at 10 am: The Stimson Center will host a conversation analyzing the Threat Of ISIS In Iraq: Views From The Ground. The discussion will feature views and perspectives from the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) scholars and students who will examine the nature of the ISIS threat, and the related territorial, demographic and socio-economic consequences. Students from Kurdistan and other parts of Iraq will the conversation through video links. The panelists will include: Geneive Abdo of the Brookings Institution and the Stimson Center; Ellen Laipson of the Stimson Center, and Christine van den Toorn and Sulaimani Bilal Wahab, both of AUIS. To RSVP or to get more details visit the event website.

Friday, July 31st at 10 am: The Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at the George Washington University will host an event moderated by Director Frank Cilluffo: Assessing and Comparing the Threat of American and European Foreign Fighters. The panel of experts will include: Dr. Peter Neumann of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King's College London; Dr. Fernando Reinares of the Real Instituto Elcano in Madrid Council; and Dr. Lorenzo Vidino of the George Washington University. 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 [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