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Quinta Jurecic
Monday, August 17, 2015, 1:02 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Monday, August 17th at 10:30 am: The Brookings Institution will host a panel on The Defense Economy and American Prosperity at the Dupont Circle Hotel. Ben S. Bernanke and Mark Muro will speak and Michael O'Hanlon will moderate. RSVP or watch the webcast here.

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Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Monday, August 17th at 10:30 am: The Brookings Institution will host a panel on The Defense Economy and American Prosperity at the Dupont Circle Hotel. Ben S. Bernanke and Mark Muro will speak and Michael O'Hanlon will moderate. RSVP or watch the webcast here.

Wednesday, August 19th at 10 am: A panel of experts will discuss China's Missiles and the Implications for the United States at the Hudson Institute. Panelists include Rebecca Heinrichs, Henry A. Obering III, Dean Cheng, Mark Schneider, and Bryan Clark. Register for the event here.

Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30 pm: The Project for the Study of the 21st Century will consider U.S.-Israeli Relations After the Iran Deal, in a discussion moderated by Warren Stroble and featuring Alexandria Paolozzi, Dr. Guy Ziv, and Ari Ratner. RSVP here.

Thursday, August 20th at 3 pm: At the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, A New Kind of Conflict: Cyber-security on the Korean Peninsula will explore a simulation of a cyber-conflict between North and South Korea. Food will be provided. Register here.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Legal Intern


The Legal Section of the UK Mission to the United Nations comprises two legal advisers and an administrative assistant. The legal advisers provide advice to the Mission, principally on questions of international law (including international criminal law, sanctions, treaties, international humanitarian law, human rights and law of the sea), as well as the procedures of the UN Security Council and General Assembly, EU external relations, and UK public law.

The successful candidate will assist the legal advisers with the Section’s work, in particular with the work of the Sixth Committee of the 70th UN General Assembly, which runs from 12 October until mid-November. There will also be opportunities to become involved in other legally-related activities e.g. in the Security Council or with international criminal tribunals.

  • Attending and reporting on UN meetings in the General Assembly’s Sixth Committee and other meetings in the UN and within the UK Mission as required;
  • Researching legal points arising in the work of Legal Section;
  • Providing administrative assistance as required.
  • Must be a junior or a senior in an undergraduate program, or enrolled in a graduate program by the start date of your internship (at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework completed). Since this is an unpaid internship, students receiving college credit in exchange for their internships are preferred.
  • Best suited to applicants who already hold a law degree with a basic knowledge of international law, who are studying for a postgraduate qualification in international law or international relations. However, undergraduates studying law will be considered;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, in particular the ability to take an accurate note of meetings and summarise rapidly, identifying the key legal points;
  • Sound legal research skills;
  • Fluent in spoken and written English

This program offers one or two internships for up to 25 hours per week, from late September/early October until December 2014. Interns will be able to fit internship work around their college programs.

Salary and Benefits:

These are unpaid internships, for college credit only if granted by your institution, but the Embassy does provide a stipend of $100 per month for transportation costs.

For internships at the UK Mission to the UN, under US State Department requirements, the Mission may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders, or G1 or J visa holders with authorization to work in the US. If you hold a visa other than a G1 or J visa you are not currently eligible for an internship. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

To Apply:

Resumé and a cover letter should be submitted in a .doc (word) file format by 18 August through ICIMS. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Interviews will take place during the week beginning 7 September, and candidates invited to interview will be contacted during the week beginning 31 August to arrange a time.

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

About the Office:

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.

Job Description:

Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.


Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.


Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.

Application Process:

Cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email to

The subject line should read: “[Last name] Intern Application”. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

National Security Division
Washington, DC 20530
ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy)

Application Deadline:

Spring 2016 - September 1, 2015
Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

Please send all applications to the email address

Number of Positions: 2

Quinta Jurecic is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a senior editor at Lawfare. She previously served as Lawfare's managing editor and as an editorial writer for the Washington Post.

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