Washington, D.C
Aug 08, 2022
Aug 15, 2022
Full Time

Serves in the capacity of a student trainee (Honors Legal Intern). Performs duties under the supervision of higher graded attorneys who give instructions as to the objectives and results to be obtained, and is available for guidance as to methods and procedures to be followed during progress of assignment, and compliance with policies, procedures, and regulations.

The incumbent assists attorneys working on cases or legal issues in one or more of the following or related areas:
  • cease and desist and federal court injunctive order compliance.
  • trade regulation and trade law enforcement.
  • antitrust law practices including merger and non-merger activity.
  • administrative law, Freedom of Information, and agency legal counsel.

The incumbent performs a variety of legal duties such as:
  • researching legal issues which are factually complex.
  • assisting in the development/developing drafts of letters, memoranda, and legal documents including complaints, subpoenas, and orders for use by a higher graded attorney.
  • participating in administrative or judicial hearings and pretrial conferences.
  • assisting with/in the conducting of preliminary review of sanctions, practices, violations, or complaints.
  • participating in investigations and studies to obtain facts and information that can be used for drafting trade regulation rules and guides.
  • assisting in the development of outreach activities with local business, government and consumer representatives to further education or enforcement efforts.


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is subject to a background investigation.
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
  • You must be enrolled in an accredited law school and must meet half-time student enrollment requirements.
  • You must submit a law school transcript with your application.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age or older.
  • You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
  • You must submit a complete application package.
  • Due to COVID-19, the FTC is currently in a maximum telework posture through August 31, 2022. In addition, the agency is currently exploring the possibility of having a remote workforce for current and future employees beyond August 2022.
  • If selected, you will be permitted to temporarily telework from a location outside the local commuting area.
  • Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 60 days. At that time, you will be eligible to request telework in accordance with the FTC's telework policy.


You must meet the qualifications requirements prior to appointment.

To qualify at the GS-9:
- Students must have completed two years of law school by the beginning of summer session 2023.
- Students must be continuing in legal studies throughout the summer and/or into the Fall of 2023 to be eligible.
- Students graduating in the Spring of 2023 are not eligible.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply.


This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required prior to receiving an official offer.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: FOREIGN EDUCATION
Must provide transcripts in application as proof of education requirement for Pathways. If selected for the position, you will have to submit your transcripts before you can start with the agency.

Additional information

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference visit: VETERANS GUIDE

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see SELECTIVE SERVICE ).

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 70 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: CAREER TRANSITION .
You must maintain good academic standing, as defined by your school, generally at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for undergraduate programs (cumulative; no rounding) and a 3.0 GPA for advanced degree programs.

Unofficial transcripts will be accepted as part of your application package, however, if selected official transcripts must be submitted prior to establishing a start date. You must maintain student eligibility and enrollment for the duration of the internship. If you cannot, you are ineligible for this program. Please review the "QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED" section of this vacancy announcement to ensure that you qualify for this internship.

As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. FTC will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement.