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The Enforcement Bureau is the primary FCC unit that enforces the Communications Act and the Commission's rules and orders. The Bureau investigates and responds to potential unlawful conduct to ensure: (1) consumer protection in an era of complex communications; (2) a level playing field to promote robust competition; (3) efficient and responsible use of the public airwaves; and (4) strict compliance with public safety-related rules. The Bureau's work is both varied and cutting edge and often involves intra- and interagency cooperation and collaboration.

Expected Activities:
Students will work closely with senior management to carry out the Bureau's priorities and should expect to do a significant amount of legal research, analysis, and writing. Students will receive ample feedback in a supportive, collegial environment.

Internship Requirements:
Summer interns will be expected to work 40 hours per week for at least 8 weeks. Students applying during the school year will be expected to work at least 16 hours per week, although full-time candidates are preferred.

Additional Information:
Openings are for unpaid internships. Candidates may qualify for academic credit.

Learning Opportunities During Summer Terms:
During the summer, interns participate in additional learning opportunities both within the Bureau and Commission-wide. The Commission offers a brown bag lunch series where experts informally discuss their areas of legal or technical expertise. Students are also encouraged to attend the numerous seminars, presentations, and meet-and-greets conducted around the Commission.

Skills and qualifications:
Candidates should be law students who possess excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills. Candidates should have an interest in communications and enforcement issues, intellectual curiosity, a positive and team-oriented attitude, and great initiative.

Application materials:
Each applicant must submit a cover letter describing his or her background and interest in the Bureau's work, a resume, a transcript, and a writing sample.

Send Application to:
Susan Beckham at or by mail to: Susan Beckham, Enforcement Bureau, FCC, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554.

Application Deadline:
The Bureau accepts applications on an ongoing basis.

This page last updated February 26, 2014

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