The General Counsel serves as the chief legal advisor to the Chairman, NEH staff, and the National Council on the Humanities. The General Counsel and his staff ensure that NEH’s activities comply with a broad range of Federal laws, including Federal grants law, appropriations law, employment law, civil rights law, ethics law, and administrative law. The Office is also responsible for drafting legislation, analyzing pending bills, and managing the agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program.
Legal interns primarily work on assignments related to ethics and the FOIA, which includes case law research on complex legal issues, the review of responsive materials, and the drafting of correspondence under the supervision of the General Counsel and staff attorneys. The position also provides opportunities for interns to experience legal issues common to all Federal agencies, as well as those unique to NEH. Interns may be called upon to draft legal memoranda, assist with tracking pending legislation, or attend one of the agency’s quarterly Committee or Council meetings.
Solid writing skills and an interest in the humanities are essential, and we strongly prefer second or third-year law students. The normal internship period is approximately three to four months and corresponds roughly to the fall, spring, or summer semester of the standard academic year. During the summer, an intern should be able to work full-time (40 hours per week) and a minimum of 15 hours per week during the fall or spring.
Although NEH cannot offer compensation for legal internship work, many legal interns arrange with their law schools for credit and/or financial assistance
Please submit a resume, cover letter, an unofficial transcript, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to:
Deputy General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
National Endowment for the Humanities
400 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20506
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. No notice of non-selection will be provided. All submissions are discarded one year from the date of receipt.