Volunteer Student Intern

Washington D.C.
Jan 04, 2017
Apr 26, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This announcement is open until filled. This internship is for the 2017 summer semester. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. This position will close when the position has been filled.

The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent federal agency in the Judicial Branch of government consisting of seven members appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate and two non-voting ex-officio members. The agency staff consists of approximately 100 employees. The Commission develops and revises guidelines for federal district court judges to consider in sentencing offenders convicted of federal crimes. The Commission monitors and evaluates the use of the guidelines, conducts research and education programs on guideline application and sentencing matters generally, produces sentencing-related reports, and recommends improvements in federal sentencing practices and policies.

The Commission is conveniently located next to Union Station on Capitol Hill, and is easily accessible by public transportation, including the Metro, and the MARC and VRE commuter trains. The Commission’s location in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building offers various amenities such as an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria.

This volunteer student internship is located in the Commission's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs (OLPA). The student intern reports to the Director of OLPA. The student intern must be enrolled in either a law or graduate program and be able to receive academic credit for the 2017 summer semester. The student intern will gain first-hand experience within OLPA, learn about legislative affairs, public affairs, and the Federal Judiciary. They will perform a variety of tasks related to supporting the mission of the Commission.

Volunteer student interns may work during the school year and/or during school vacation periods. The student intern must commit to volunteering at least 15 hours a week. A work schedule will be established once on-board.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
    The volunteer student intern must possess the following qualities:

    • Ability to work well in a team environment.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills.
    • A working knowledge of computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Adobe.
    To be considered for the volunteer student intern program, you must:Apply via the on-line application on USAjobs.gov.
    • Be a U.S. Citizen.
    • Be at least 16 years of age.
    • Provide a work permit if you are under the age of 18 before you can start work.
    • Actively be enrolled as a degree-seeking law or graduate student at an accredited educational institution.
    • Be receiving college credit for your volunteer service.
    • Be available to volunteer at least 15 hours per week.
    • Pass a background investigation, and willing to sign a confidentiality statement.
    • Continue enrollment in your program for the duration of your volunteer service.

    Preference will be given to applicants who have legislative and/or publications/public affairs-related experience or course(s) of study.

    Not Applicable

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