Legal Internships in the Bureau of Competition

Summer Internships
The Bureau coordinates a comprehensive 8 to 10 week Summer Program for second and first year law student interns. Most interns start the last week in May and the Bureau organizes a summer calendar throughout June and July that provides interns with opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of antitrust law, as well as attend case studies, brown bags, and a variety of social events. Our goal is for all interns to leave the summer with great experiences and skills, as well as strong professional relationships with staff.

2L Summer Internships The Bureau typically welcomes 8 2L students during the summer and accepts applications from August 1 through September 15. Interns are paid at a GS 9, Step 1 salary.

1L Summer Internships The Bureau also welcomes between 6 and 8 1L student interns and accepts applications from December 1 through February 1. Internships are typically unpaid volunteer positions.

Semester Internships
The Bureau provides semester internships every spring and fall to second and third year law students with a background in antitrust, economics, or finance. We request that students be available to work at least 10 to 15 hours per week. Students applying for semester positions are encouraged to indicate their preferred divisions in the cover letter. All semester internships are unpaid volunteer positions.

How to apply
Students interested in applying for a 2L Summer Internship must become a My USAJobs Member and apply to the Summer Honors Legal Intern – 2L posting when it goes up during the summer. We suggest setting up automated job alerts so that you are aware when positions become available. Students that are determined to be among the best-qualified candidates are eligible to participate in the on-campus interviewing process, if your school is on our interview schedule, and call back interviews. We try to make callback decisions as quickly as possible after the initial interview, generally within three weeks. We extend offers on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. The Federal Trade Commission follows the NALP General Standards for the Timing of Offers and Decisions.

Students interested in applying for a 1L Summer Internship may email the following materials to bcrecruit@ftc.gov by February 1, or apply through the on-campus interview process.

  • Cover letter indicating your interest in antitrust and the Bureau
  • Résumé
  • Transcript (an official copy is not necessary)
  • Short writing sample (no more than five pages)
  • List of three references

In the subject line of the email, please include your first and last name and “1L Summer Internship Application.”

Second and third year law students interested in applying for a Spring or Fall Semester Internship may email the following materials to bcrecruit@ftc.gov.

  • Cover letter indicating your preferred division
  • Résumé
  • Transcript (an official copy is not necessary)
  • Short writing sample (no more than five pages)
  • List of three references

We will review applications on a rolling basis until positions are filled.