NON-PAID Student Volunteer Intern (Legal Affairs)
Department of Legal Affairs
OPIC’s Department of Legal Affairs, consisting of approximately twenty attorneys and supported by ten legal professionals, interacts with every department at OPIC and plays an important role with respect to OPIC’s overall program. OPIC lawyers draft project finance and investment funds legal documentation, review political risk insurance contracts, negotiate with investors and their counsel on the details of finance, funds and insurance transactions, and determine liability and the extent of compensation due in claims on OPIC insurance policies. The Department represents OPIC in any negotiations with foreign governments, including settlement of OPIC’s claims against the government after OPIC has compensated an insured investor. In the event of a dispute under an insurance policy, the Department may represent OPIC in arbitration, the dispute resolution mechanism called for in OPIC insurance contracts. When OPIC uses outside counsel (for example, local counsel in a project country), OPIC lawyers select and supervise retained attorneys. Finally, OPIC depends on the Department to provide any legal advice it may require as a corporation on a wide range of general corporate, legislative, and administrative matters. For a law student interested in finance and the legal aspects of international business transactions, an OPIC internship provides exposure to many facets of international investment, from structuring project financings to the assessment of political risks and evaluation of claims in connection with OPIC’s insurance contracts. An internship with OPIC’s Department of Legal Affairs gives students a comprehensive overview of the operations and effectiveness of OPIC programs in support of international transactions.
- Not Required
In addition to the Key Requirements, students must be enrolled full time in an accredited law school, and must not have graduated before the internship would be served. Successful candidates must have outstanding academic records, superior writing skills and be in good academic standing.
Students must have experience or demonstrated interest in finance and international law and development, as evidenced by an academic or employment background in banking, finance, international affairs, etc. Preference will be given to students who include a cover letter explaining their interest in OPIC’s mission and the work done by the Department of Legal Affairs.
All Interns Must be U.S. Citizens.