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Project on Government Oversight

Legal Internship Program

Do you see yourself working with a public interest organization, the federal government, or on Capitol Hill?

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 Experience law in the nation's capital.
Legal interns work with POGO General Counsel Scott Amey on a variety of projects. Read more about the experiences of our legal interns here.
 

POGO's legal internship allows you to experience how Washington works while advocating for the public interest. As a legal intern, you will work with POGO's general counsel as well as the policy team and senior investigators, and interact with government agencies, Members of Congress, the media, and nonprofit organizations. The work may include: drafting congressional testimony and public comments, attending congressional and agency hearings, filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and working with whistleblowers in the areas of federal contract spending, and government spending more broadly. Additional legal research, analysis, and writing is often required on policy issues, legislative and regulatory proposals, and corporate compliance matters, including matters related to labor, employment, tax, torts, intellectual property, and contracts. Each internship is different, and the work involved depends on POGO’s organizational needs, current events, and the intern’s strengths and interests.

Am I a good fit for POGO?

POGO is looking for highly motivated, inquisitive law students and young lawyers with a keen interest in public and/or administrative law. Our best interns have strong research and writing skills and a strong commitment to protecting the public interest.

POGO takes interns throughout the year, with summer interns generally working from May through August, fall interns from September through December, and spring interns from January through May. Internships are also available during the winter for those on the quarter system. In short, POGO is flexible and will work with an individual's time restrictions as long as there is a minimum commitment of three months.

All interns work full time. Interns who can only work a few days a week, or who are not available for the full three months, tend not to be able to handle research projects.

Compensation

Hourly compensation is available for interns not participating in an experiential learning program; academic credit may also be available, depending on policies at the intern's university.

How to apply

If you're ready to kickstart your law career, please send a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial is fine), two letters of recommendation, and a legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages to Danni Downing, Intern Coordinator, at danni@pogo.org. If you have a deadline for applying for a grant or other funding, please clearly specify that date in your cover letter.

Deadlines

  • Summer: March 15

  • Fall: July 15

  • Winter: October 15

  • Spring: December 1

Any questions concerning legal internships should be directed to:

Ms. Danni Downing, Intern Coordinator
POGO, 1100 G Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-347-1122
Fax: 202-347-1116
Email: danni@pogo.org

    For information on POGO's other internship opportunities, click here