U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF COUNSEL FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE FULL OR PART-TIME VOLUNTEER LAW INTERN, FALL 2016
The Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce (OCC-IC), U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC, seeks two full or part-time volunteer law interns for Fall 2016.
OCC-IC provides legal advice and support to the International Trade Administration (ITA) on international trade, investment, export promotion and antitrust matters. International Commerce attorneys work closely with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the State Department, other government agencies, and the private sector. Our eleven attorneys primarily focus on:
Multilateral and Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreements: Providing advice on interpretation, application and enforcement of the World Trade Organization agreements, as well as regional and bilateral free trade agreements like the NAFTA; and supporting and participating in multilateral and bilateral negotiations related to international trade, intellectual property rights, and cross-border investment.
Bringing Down Trade Barriers: Advising ITA on addressing barriers to U.S. exports and foreign investment, including foreign infringement of U.S. intellectual property rights. We work with ITA to determine the nature of the barrier, the applicable international legal requirements, and the legal and policy tools available to address the barrier.
Promoting U.S. Exports: Providing legal support to the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service and other parts of ITA in promoting U.S. exports through trade missions and other activities.
OCC-IC works to ensure that interns have meaningful and interesting assignments that include client contact and participating in interagency meetings. Each intern will be assigned a supervisor, who will meet with the intern on a regular basis to discuss progress. Fall interns must commit to working at least 16 hours per week for 8-10 weeks.
Candidates who are interested in a unique international law experience, and who have a background or demonstrated interest in international trade and investment law, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must have completed at least one year of law school before commencing the internship. Since this is an unpaid position, candidates should inquire of their law school as to whether funding or financial aid would be available to them while working as an intern in OCC-IC. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen to be considered.
If interested, please e-mail (do not send by regular mail) your cover letter, resume, a five-to-ten page writing sample (preferably on an international law subject), and law school transcript to: firstname.lastname@example.org. To expedite the handling of your application, please indicate “Fall 2016 Internship” in the subject matter area of your correspondence. Please do not include your date of birth and social security information in your submission.
Application deadline for the Fall 2016 Internship: July 8, 2016. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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