Summer Externship – DOJ Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section

November 1, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CRIMINAL DIVISION CHILD EXPLOITATION AND OBSCENITY SECTION (CEOS) and its High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU), created in 2002, are the nation´s experts in prosecuting child exploitation cases, and in investigating high-technology child exploitation crimes. CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists help lead the Department of Justice´s efforts to continuously improve the enforcement of federal child exploitation laws and prevent the exploitation of children. CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists investigate and prosecute defendants who have violated federal child exploitation laws and also assist the 94 United States Attorney Offices in investigations, trials, and appeals related to these offenses. In addition, CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists perform other vital functions within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, including providing advice and training to federal prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and government officials, and participating in national and international meetings on training and policy development. CEOS also works to develop and refine proposals for prosecution policies, legislation, government practices, and agency regulations. In all aspects of their work, CEOS attorneys and HTIU computer forensic specialists seek to blend investigative and prosecutorial experience with policy expertise in order to create innovative solutions to the threats posed by those who violate federal child exploitation laws.

Job Description: Legal interns work directly with the Section’s trial attorneys on a variety of assignments, ranging from conducting legal research and writing to assisting in the investigation and prosecution of child exploitation and obscenity offenses.

Qualifications: First-year and second-year law students are eligible to apply, with a preference for second-year students. Prior to finalizing an appointment, all interns are required to undergo a security check, which includes a name and fingerprint clearance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a determination of suitability for employment based on the information a candidate provides in the security form. Candidates should possess a strong academic record, excellent legal research and writing skills, and a demonstrated interest in criminal prosecution.

Salary: Uncompensated. CEOS works with law schools that offer academic course credit or work-study.

Application Process: To be considered for a Summer 2016 internship position, please submit your materials no later than February 1, 2016. We review applications on a rolling basis, meaning that all positions may be filled prior to the application deadline. Applicants can expect a response on the outcome of their application by March 1, 2016.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, current law school transcript, and a legal writing sample 5-10 pages in length via email to The cover letter should be addressed to the “CEOS Legal Internship Coordinator.” It is best to send all documents in .PDF format.

You may also mail your application using FedEx, UPS, DHL or other courier service to:

CEOS Legal Internship Coordinator

U.S. Department of Justice

Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section

1400 New York Avenue, 6th Floor

Washington, D.C. 20530

Note: If mailing application, .


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