Office of Communications Business Opportunities
Internship Period and Location: Summer, 12-15 consecutive weeks; On-site in FCC Headquarters, 45 L Street N.E., Washington, D.C.
General Duties: Interns will engage in legal research and writing in conjunction with rulemakings or be assigned to special projects, such as organizing roundtable discussions. Interns may also gain experience reviewing and analyzing comments filed by small business entities in rulemakings.
Selection Criteria: OCBO may select one law student who has completed one or two years of law school, with a demonstrable interest in Communications Law and public service. Selection criteria will include consideration of:
- the Applicant’s strong academic record, relevant work experience, and extracurricular activities;
- Strong written and oral communication skills and good interpersonal skills;
- Education requirements must be met prior to appointment;
- the Applicant’s availability to work 40 hours per week for at least 12 weeks;
- Be a U.S. citizen. If not a U.S. citizen, the applicant must meet one the following criteria: 1) owe permanent allegiance to the United States (for example, natives of American Samoa and Swains Island); 2) be a lawfully admitted for permanent residence and seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B); or 3) be admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157 or have been granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. § 1158 and have filed a declaration of intention to become lawful permanent resident and citizen when eligible;
How to Apply: The FCC prioritizes providing internship opportunities to students who are supported by fellowship or stipend funding or are receiving credit from the educational institution. Students interested in interning in OCBO may apply for a paid internship through the Pathways Internship Program and specify in the Cover Letter your interest to work in OCBO. Interested law students may also apply for an unpaid internship directly with OCBO.
Pathways Paid Internship Program: Applicants interested in a paid internship under the FCC’s Pathways Internship Program must apply via USA Jobs https://www.usajobs.gov/job/773354400 and submit the requisite documentation.
For Unpaid Internships: Applicants may submit their Application Documentation to OCBOinfo@fcc.gov, addressed to Jamie Saloom, Deputy Director, the Office of Communications Business Opportunities. Applicants should also state whether they intend to apply for a stipend, grant, or will receive credit for their internship.
Application Documentation: Resumé with a cover letter, writing sample, and an unofficial transcript in MS Word or Adobe PDF file format.
Application Deadline: For paid Pathways Internships—Thursday, February 29, 2024. For unpaid OCBO internships—Friday, April 5, 2024.
Additional Information: Please send inquiries to OCBOinfo@fcc.gov.