Federal Communications Commission Student Legal Intern (Unpaid) in Washington, District Of Columbia

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This non-paid, intern position is located in the Office of Commissioner Brendan Carr. Multiple internship positions are available. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is seeking part-time and full-time student interns for the Winter/Spring semester beginning in January 2018. Interns will be given the opportunity to work on the full range of communications and technology topics handled by the Commission. Relevant issues may include:

  • Infrastructure deployment;
  • Universal service;
  • Competition;
  • Consumer Protection;
  • Spectrum;
  • Public Safety. Interns will assist the Commissioner, his legal advisors, and Chief of Staff with legal research, writing, and analysis. Interns may also participate in meetings with various stakeholder groups and help with external outreach such drafting as speeches and press statements.

Looking for law students with a strong academic record, interest in communications law, and a commitment to public service.Prior experience is not required.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
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This is a non-paid student intern position that is open to current law degree seeking students enrolled in an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • Be a law degree seeking student enrolled at least half-time
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • US Citizenship.
  • Be in good academic standing

You must maintain at least half-time enrollment status for the duration of your appointment. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, you should only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You may verify accreditation at the following website http:www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed will be verified.

  • A degree seeking student in the field of Law.

  • Enrolled in a school that has been accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Be in good academic standing (i.e., must have at least a 3.0 GPA or equivalent).

  • US Citizen or if you are not a citizen you 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 then citizen when eligible.

Education requirements must be met prior to appointment. A law school transcript is required to verify requirements.

Additional information

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. The FCC determines the BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES based on the major job related competencies and evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and abilities reflected in your application and supporting documents.

There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including:

  1. the core questions
  2. the vacancy questions
  3. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, Schedule A Letter), if applicable;
  4. your resume and writing sample; and

  5. your law school transcripts.

Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions, provide supplemental documents and submit resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

  • Required Documents


Required Documents
  • Coverletter and Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Copy of your law school transcripts showing total credit hours earned and cumulative GPA. All required supporting documents, if applicable, MUST be received in the FCC'S Human Resources Office by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement, as specified in this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration. Additionally, you may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible without the appropriate supporting documentation. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents. The fax number will be listed on this sheet. If faxing, supplemental document(s) required should be faxed separately on the fax coversheet provided. Once faxed, you should receive an email confirmation within an hour. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your fax has not been successfully received and you should fax again. If you are unable to fax the required documentation, contact the Human Resources Office at 202-418-0130 prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.*
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

This is a non-paid, student intern position that does not offer benefits.


Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

To apply to this announcement go to the website: https://fcc.usajobs.gov/

Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents, registration information and answers to job specific questions must be received no later than midnight U.S. Eastern time of the closing date. For more information on applying federal jobs, please check this webapge https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/MainPage

If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Federal Communications Commission's Human Resources Office at (202) 418-0130 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Qualified applicants may be further reviewed and rated by Subject Matter Experts.

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Agency contact information
Diana Huynh







Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, District of Columbia United States

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Next steps

After we receive your complete application, your qualifications will be reviewed. You will be disqualified if you do not submit your law school transcripts including your cumulative GPA and credits earned. You will be notified when a determination is made on your qualifications and selection.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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  • Office of Equal Opportunity

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481678100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/11/2017 to 04/02/2018

Salary: $0 to $0 per hour

Pay scale & grade: GS 05

Work schedule: Full-Time - Part-Time or Full-time (Winter 2018 and Spring 2018)

Appointment type: Internships - Student Legal Internship - Up to 2 semesters