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Smithsonian Office of General Counsel Internship

Legal interns in the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) work closely with attorneys whose work covers such diverse topics as tax, employment discrimination, ethics, imports/exports, federal appropriations, intellectual property, and environmental law. Interns will gain exposure to the Office's diverse law practice through litigation and transactional work, client counseling, case law research, preparing legal memoranda, reviewing agreements, surveying state law, and researching legislative history. When possible, interns will be invited to attend hearings, depositions, and meetings.

OGC hosts up to two law students in person or remotely 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 and will be awarded a $5,000 stipend.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should apply through the Smithsonian’s online academic appointments (SOLAA) system and include a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample (transcripts need not be official).The Smithsonian will accept applications for the spring internships between June 1 and October 1, summer internships between September 1 and February 15, and the fall internships between February 1 and May 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, therefore, the Office strongly encourages interested students to submit applications early within the relevant application window.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: Jessica Sanet, Associate General Counsel, at

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