Volunteer Opportunity for Law Students

We are excited to announce an internship opportunity for law students! The internship is located within CISA's Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC). OCC is led by Principal Deputy Chief Counsel Steven Kaufman. The primary purpose of this legal internship is to provide law school students the opportunity to obtain professional experience conducting legal research and writing in support of the mission of OCC and CISA. Applications for summer 2023 are being accepted through February 15, 2023, with selections occurring by March 12, 2023. 

Learn more about the missions that OCC attorneys enable by visiting About CISA.


OCC provides legal advice to all agency offices, divisions, and regional field offices within CISA. OCC also works closely with other DHS components and directly interacts with other federal agencies, state/local governments, international governments, and private sector entities in support of the country’s cybersecurity and infrastructure security missions.  OCC advises on issues including, but not limited to: Cybersecurity Program and Operational Support; Infrastructure Security Program and Operational Support; Ethics; Budget/Appropriations/Fiscal Law; Legislative Affairs; Acquisition/Procurement/Inter-Agency Agreements; Grants and Financial Assistance; General Administrative Law; Rulemaking; Regulatory Enforcement; Information Law; Privacy; Public-Private Partnerships; Risk Assessment and Risk Management; Intelligence Law; and Operational Law.

The primary purpose of the volunteer internship opportunity is to support the attorneys of OCC in providing legal and policy advice to CISA staff members by assisting with one or more of the following OCC Legal Divisions:  Cybersecurity Division; General Law Division; Ethics Division; Infrastructure Security and Regulatory Programs Division; and/or Operations, Engagement, and Risk Division.  

Interns can expect to assist Attorney Advisors with providing written and oral counsel, legal reviews, opinions, or decisions in the application of Federal laws to the programs and policies of CISA and DHS. Other assignments include legal analysis and research, conducting/participating in meetings, conferences, and consultations as necessary, preparing memoranda and opinions, and serving as a liaison with clients.

Interns may also be required to participate in conferences and meetings with representatives of other Executive Departments and agencies, industry representatives, and the public regarding legal matters of interest.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must successfully pass a public trust/ suitability background screening. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • Must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to onboarding.
  • If you receive a conditional offer for this internship, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, as part of the security process.
  • The Department of Homeland Security uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
  • If selected, you will need to provide proof of either receipt of course credit or a third-party stipend to continue with the application process. 

Additional Details

  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • The OCC main office is located in Arlington, Virginia. Remote intern candidates may be considered.
  • Start and end dates of the internship are negotiable. 
  • Application deadline is 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2023.


Basic requirements

  1. Attendance at an ABA accredited law school.
  2. Successful completion of first semester of 1L year, at a minimum.
  3. If admitted to a state bar as a student attorney, applicants will need to be in good standing.

How Candidates Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this internship based on how well you meet the qualifications requirements.

Applicants will be evaluated on their resume and supporting documentation to ensure qualification requirements are met. Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made to determine if you are qualified and eligible for this internship.

Interviews may be required for this internship. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration. The interview process may consist of an in-person or virtual interview.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Required Documents 

To apply for this volunteer internship opportunity, you must email a complete Application Package to CISA_OCC_Internships@cisa.dhs.gov which includes:

  1. A cover letter expressing your interest in CISA OCC.
  2. Your resume showing prior work experience which should include any legal experience, dates of employment, and duties performed.
  3. Current unofficial school transcript that must show enrollment, credit hours earned, and GPA. 
  4. A legal writing sample not to exceed 15 pages.

Please redact personally identifiable information (PII) before emailing application package. Incomplete packages will be removed from the application process. 

How to Apply 

Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application. A complete application package must be received at CISA_OCC_Internships@cisa.dhs.gov by 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2023, with the subject line, “CISA OCC Summer Legal Internship.”

NOTE: If your materials are not received by the closing date, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available, and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Also, if you do not provide a valid email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application.

Last Updated Date: January 20, 2023

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