Legal Intern (NTE 12/31/2021)

Washington, D.C
Aug 03, 2021
Aug 05, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Commissioner Geoffrey Starks

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

The closing date of this vacancy announcement has been extended to August 4, 2021.

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Interns will work on the full range of communications and technology topics handled by the Commission to advance the policy goals of empowering consumers, increasing all communities' access to affordable broadband and protecting national security.

In particular, interns will assist with projects that address digital equity in low-income communities, communities of color and rural areas, as well as how to increase diversity amongst broadcast licensees following the Supreme Court's recent Prometheus decision.

Interns will assist the Commissioner and advisors with legal research, writing, and analysis. Interns may also participate in meetings with various stakeholder groups and help with external outreach such as drafting speeches and press statements. Duties may also involve interacting with industry counsel, consumer groups, congressional staff, and agency personnel on a variety of issues.

NOTE: the FCC's building is currently closed. Until the building reopens, interns will be asked to work remotely.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
00 - Not applicable.


Conditions of Employment

  • Be a law degree seeking student.
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • Must submit a cover letter which describes your interest in the position.

Must maintain at least half-time enrollment status as defined by your school.
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, you should only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You may verify accreditation at the following website All education claimed will be verified.


  • A degree seeking student in the field of Law and have completed one to two years of study toward law degree.
  • Enrolled in a school that has been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Enrolled at least half-time as defined by your school.
  • Be in good academic standing (i.e., must have at least a 3.0 GPA or its equivalent).
  • Students must provide a Cover Letter describing their interest in the position.
  • US Citizen or if you are not a citizen you must meet one the following criteria: 1. owe permanent allegiance to the United States (for example, natives of American Samoa and Swains Island); 2. be a lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B); or 3. be admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or have been granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and have filed a declaration of intention to become lawful permanent resident and then citizen when eligible.

GS-07: Completed one full academic year of graduate level education toward a law degree.
GS-09: Completed two full academic years of graduate level education toward a law degree.

Education requirements must be met prior to appointment. Updated transcript is required to verify requirements have been met.


Enrolled and pursuing a law degree.

Additional information

EEO Policy Statement Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement Veterans Information Legal and Regulatory Guidance

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. The FCC determines the BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES based on the major job related competencies and evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and abilities reflected in your application and supporting documents.

There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

1. the core questions
2. the vacancy questions
3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, Transcripts, Schedule A Letter), if applicable; and
4. cover letter describing interest in the position
5. resume, writing sample, etc.

Applicants may be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions, provide supplemental documents and submit a resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process .

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Copy of your law school transcripts showing total credit hours earned and cumulative GPA.
  • Cover Letter (describing your interest in the position)
  • Writing Sample (not more than 5 pages; excerpts from lengthier documents are acceptable)
  • References
  • Schedule A Letter/Documentation, if applicable.
  • Veterans MUST submit form DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," or an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.

***Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. All required supporting documents, if applicable, MUST be received in the FCC'S Human Resources Office by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents. The fax number will be listed on this sheet. If faxing, supplemental document(s) required should be faxed separately on the fax coversheet provided. Once faxed, you should receive an email confirmation within an hour. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your fax has not been successfully received and you should fax again. If you are unable to fax the required documentation, contact the Human Resources Office at 202-418-0130 prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.***

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