Volunteer Student Intern - Spring 2020

Washington, D.C
Nov 09, 2019
Nov 17, 2019
Full Time


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 level program and be able to receive academic credit for the Spring 2020 semester.

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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.

The student intern will gain substantive experience within OLPA by performing a variety of tasks relating to supporting the mission of the Commission. The student intern will also have an opportunity to learn more about the legislative process, federal sentencing and crime policy, and the Federal Judiciary.

The key responsibilities of the OLPA volunteer student intern are the following:
  • Assist with the preparation of materials in support of the Commission's public meetings and hearings.
  • Support OLPA's outreach efforts to Congress designed to educate members of Congress regarding the Commission's proposed amendments and research products.
  • Assist in organizing OLPA's historical documents.
  • Perform administrative tasks as directed by the Director of OLPA.
  • Provide assistance to OLPA staff as needed.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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.
  • 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.



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.


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


Applicants must be actively enrolled in either a law or graduate level program and be able to receive academic credit for the Spring 2020 semester.

Additional information

Volunteer student interns are eligible for transit benefits of up to $265 .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Commission evaluates applicants through a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. Applicants who do not address the qualification requirements (mandatory and preferred) in his or her application materials as stated in the vacancy announcement are automatically disqualified from consideration and must re-apply before the closing date to be considered for employment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

In order to be considered, all applicants must submit an electronic resume and cover letter that address all of the qualification requirements listed in this announcement.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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