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Smithsonian Office of General Counsel Internship

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) protects the legal interests of the Smithsonian Institution, a trust instrumentality of the United States.  In carrying out that mission, the OGC advises the Smithsonian Board of Regents, Secretary, Under Secretaries, museum directors, and other managers on the administration of the Institution; represents the Smithsonian in litigation and other adversarial proceedings; issues final determinations on administrative tort and personal property claims; drafts exhibition, sponsorship, and licensing agreements; and generally monitors developments in the law for application to Smithsonian programs.  The OGC is made up of about 14 attorneys, whose work covers such diverse topics as tax, employment discrimination, import/export, federal appropriations, intellectual property, and environmental law.  An intern in the OGC will learn directly from attorneys in all subject matter areas, and will learn to perform traditional case law research, prepare legal memoranda for use in briefs and motions, review agreements, survey state law, and research legislative history.  When possible, an intern is invited to attend hearings, depositions, and meetings.  The intern will learn about an interesting and diverse legal practice.

How to Apply

OGC hosts up to two law students each semester and over the summer. School term students may join OGC on a part-time or full-time basis, and often receive law school credit for their OGC work. Summer interns work full-time for at least 10 weeks. Each summer 2021 student will be awarded a $5,000 stipend. Interested applicants should apply through the Smithsonian‘s online academic appointments system (SOLAA) and include a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample (transcripts need not be official, unofficial transcripts may be submitted electronically). The Smithsonian will accept applications for the fall internship between February 1 and June 15; the spring internship between June 1 and October 15; and the summer internship between September 1 and March 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, the Office encourages interested students to submit applications early within the relevant application window.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: Jessica Sanet,

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