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INTERNSHIPS

Gain hands-on experience in diverse areas of legal practice while learning more about the Air Force and the JAG Corps. You must be a U.S. citizen and enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school to apply.

Qualifications

To be considered for an internship position, you must be a first- or second-year law student, and you must be available for full-time, temporary employment beginning in May or June for a period of 8–10 weeks. Additionally, you must be willing to work anywhere in the U.S. and in any practice area.

Experience

As an intern, you'll work under attorney supervision in every practice area of the JAG Corps:

  • Preparing criminal and civil cases by conducting legal research, writing briefs and opinions, conducting investigations and interviewing witnesses
  • Assisting attorneys who counsel and represent Airmen, their family members and retirees in personal legal matters, in areas such as family law, estate planning, landlord-tenant law, tax, bankruptcy, immigration and naturalization law and military administrative law
  • Supporting attorneys in other areas, such as federal tort claims, government procurement law, employment law, international law and environmental law

Working At HQ USAF

Some interns are assigned to Air Force headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area. If chosen for one of these assignments, you'll gain real-world experience in support of Air Force missions, while learning from senior civilian and military Air Force and Department of Defense officials and attorneys.

Unlike interns assigned to base legal offices who will work in multiple areas of law throughout the summer, interns assigned to headquarters offices will generally work in one subject matter area.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online through USAJobs.gov. We cannot accept paper applications. Please follow our Facebook page for announcements about when we will begin accepting summer applications. You will need to gather the following documentation in preparation to submit your application through USAJobs.gov:

  • A résumé that includes experience and education, full name, mailing address, day and evening phone numbers, social security number, country of citizenship
  • A separate memorandum addressing the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and how they relate to your work experience, education or training
  • Legible copies of undergraduate and law school transcripts
  • A personal statement (limited to one page, one-inch margins and 11-point Times New Roman font)
  • A memorandum identifying your top five geographic preferences for the internship

Description of Duties

Interns for the United States Air Force JAG Corps work as civilian interns in either a base legal office or in the national capital region. The United States Air Force JAG Corps provides full-spectrum legal advice to military commanders. As an intern, you'll work under attorney supervision in every practice area of the JAG Corps:

  • Preparing criminal and civil cases by conducting legal research, writing briefs and opinions, conducting investigations and interviewing witnesses
  • Assisting attorneys who counsel and represent Airmen, their family members and retirees in personal legal matters, in areas such as family law, estate planning, landlord-tenant law, tax, bankruptcy, immigration and naturalization law and military administrative law
  • Supporting attorneys in other areas, such as federal tort claims, government procurement law, employment law, international law and environmental law

National Capital Region Interns

Some interns are assigned to Air Force headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area. If chosen for one of these assignments, you'll gain real-world experience in support of Air Force missions while learning from senior civilian and military Air Force and Department of Defense officials and attorneys. Unlike interns assigned to base legal offices who will work in multiple areas of law throughout the summer, interns assigned to headquarters offices will generally work in one subject matter area. These offices include criminal appeals, environmental law, government procurement, etc.

Other Significant Facts

  • Clerks will be assigned to a base legal office or office in the national capital region.
  • Clerks must pay for their travel to and from the job location.
  • Candidates must undergo a background investigation to determine suitability for employment.
  • All federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer Program.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship.

Paid Internship

First-year interns will be paid at a GS-07, Step 1 pay grade. Second-year interns will be paid at a GS-09, Step 1 pay grade. All pay is subject to the availability of funds. Please apply through www.usajobs.gov.

We also offer students the opportunity to gain valuable experience by participating in externships or unpaid internships throughout the year. Please contact us at 1-800-JAG-USAF for more information.