The Week That Will Be

The Week that Will Be

By Staley Smith
Monday, August 24, 2015, 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Tuesday, August 25th at 12 pm: The East West Center will host An Asia Pacific Security Seminar featuring Dr. James E. Platte, a non-resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation Fellow with the Pacific Forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The seminar will examine the current state of nuclear safety cooperation in Northeast Asia and offer a view to the future. For more information or to register visit the event website.

Tuesday, August 25th at 1:15 pm: Joshua Busby, Marc Levy, Matthew J. Burrows and Nadya T. Bliss will participate in the first of a five-session webinar on Peace, Conflict, and the Scale of the Climate Risk Landscape hosted by the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program and the Global Security Initiative (GSI) at Arizona State University. Experts from the national intelligence and climate impact communities will address risk assessment and responses commensurate with the risk. Register for the webinar here.

Tuesday, August 25th at 6:30 pm: The Project for the Study of the 21st Century will hold a panel discussing What’s Next for Iran After the Nuclear Deal. Negar Razavi, a Global Fellow at PS21, will moderate a discussion on the future of Iran with Ariane Tabatabai, Kelsey Davenport, Reza Akbari and Sam Cutler. For more information visit the event website or watch the event live on the PS21 YouTube channel.

Thursday, August 27th at 8:30 am: The American Bar Association will host the 10th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The two-day seminar will look at the state of security from infrastructure to exports, immigration to chemical safety and the roles of the Department of Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, the Military, FEMA, the National Protection and Programs Directorate, the NSA, the FBI, the CIA and the legal profession in keeping the country secure. For more information or to register visit the event website.

Friday, August 28th at 8:30 am: The second day of the 10th Annual Homeland Security Law Institute hosted by the American Bar Association. See above for more details.

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:

Spring 2016 - September 1, 2015

Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

Please send all applications to the email address

Number of Positions: 2