Summer Internships

For law student interns, the Bureau of Competition offers a comprehensive summer program which lasts for 8 to 10 weeks. This program gives interns an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of antitrust law, to attend case studies, brown bags and various social events. These are carefully organized throughout the summer calendar, usually at the last week of May where most interns start. After attending the program, interns are expected to leave with a great summer of experiences and skills and strong professional relationships.

2L Summer Internships

  • The 2L Summer Internship usually accommodates 8 2L students during the summer.
  • Accepts applications from August 1 to September 15.
  • Interns are paid at a Gs 9, Step 1 salary

1L Summer Internships

  • The 1L Summer Internship accommodates between 6 to 8 1L student interns
  • Accepts applications from December 1 to February 1
  • These are mostly unpaid, volunteer positions

Semester Internships

These semester internship programs take place every spring and fall. These are offered by the Bureau to second and third year students with a background in antitrust, economics, or finance. For students who are applying for semester positions, they are encouraged to indicate in their cover letter what division they would prefer working in which would further help their studies.

Students are requested to be available for at least 10 to 15 hours per week. All these semester internships are unpaid, volunteer positions.

How to apply

To apply, students who are interested in applying for the 2L Summer Internships are required to become a member of the USAJobs and to apply to the Summer Honors Legal Intern-2L posting which goes up during the summer. To make sure you do not miss this, it is best to set up an automated job alert which will keep you posted when these positions become available so you could immediately apply.

For determined students who would want to be among the best-qualified candidates, they are advised to participate in the on-campus interviewing process (if school is on the interview schedule) and call back interviews. As much as possible, we make it a point to make callback decisions as soon as possible after the initial interview which takes around three weeks. Also, since we extend offers on a rolling basis, early applications are strongly encouraged. For the Timing of Offers and Decisions, the Federal Trade Commission follows the NALO General Standards.

For students who are interested in applying for a 1L Summer Internship, you can send an email to bcrecruit@ftc.gov (link sends e-mail) by February 1 containing the following documents/materials:

  1. Cover letter (should indicate interest in antitrust and the Bureau)
  2. Updated resume
  3. Transcript (does not necessarily need to be an official copy)
  4. a short writing sample, no more than 5 pages
  5. List of three references

You can also bring these materials on our on-campus interview process. For emails, though, indicate in the subject line of the email your first and last name and “1L Summer Internship Application”.

For second and third year law students who are interested in applying for a Spring/Fall Semester Internship, you may send an email to bcrecruit@ftc.gov (link sends e-mail) containing the materials listed below:

  1. Cover letter (should indicate interest in antitrust and the Bureau)
  2. Updated resume
  3. Transcript (does not necessarily need to be an official copy)
  4. a short writing sample, no more than 5 pages
  5. List of three references

Until all needed positions are filled, we will review all applications on a rolling basis.