Legal Internships in the Bureau of Competition

Summer Legal Internship Program:

One of the major goals of the Bureau of Competition’s legal internship program is to provide law students with meaningful work experience in the field of antitrust enforcement. The legal internship program gives law students the opportunity to work closely with attorneys, economists, and other investigative staff on actual law enforcement investigations and federal court litigations. Interns can expect to learn the fundamentals of antitrust law through substantive assignments on a wide range of issues. The Bureau also offers a comprehensive training program, which includes case studies and brown bag lunches throughout the summer, as well as opportunities to develop strong professional relationships with attorneys and economists. Internships are unpaid volunteer positions based in Washington, D.C. Interns may be assigned to one of the following divisions: Anticompetitive Practices, Health Care, Technology Enforcement Division, Mergers I, Mergers II, Mergers III, or Mergers IV. At the end of the summer internship, all 2L summer interns will be considered for an entry-level position.

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Candidates interested in a 2L summer position should apply through a Symplicity job posting at their law school. If the candidate’s law school does not have a Symplicity job posting, the candidate may apply by sending an email to bcrecruit@ftc.gov addressed to Donna Downing, Legal Recruitment & Development Coordinator. 2L summer applications are accepted from July 15 through September 10.

Candidates interested in a 1L summer position should apply through a Symplicity job posting at their law school. If the candidate’s law school does not have a Symplicity job posting, the candidate may apply by sending an email to bcrecruit@ftc.gov addressed to Donna Downing, Legal Recruitment & Development Coordinator. 1L summer applications are accepted from December 1 through February 1.

All candidates must submit a cover letter and resume. If you are recommended for the callback round, we will ask for additional materials. Early applications are encouraged because the Bureau makes offers on a rolling basis.

Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Competition

Semester Legal Intern Program

The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition enforces the nation’s antitrust laws. The antitrust laws promote vigorous competition and protect consumers from anticompetitive mergers and business practices, such as monopolistic conduct, attempts to monopolize, and conspiracies in restraint of trade. The Bureau investigates potential antitrust law violations and seeks legal remedies in federal court or before the FTC’s administrative law judge. In addition to its enforcement work, the FTC provides guidance about the application of the antitrust laws to various stakeholders, including Congress, policy makers, other federal and state government agencies, foreign governments, industry participants, and the public.

The Bureau of Competition offers fall and spring semester legal internships to second- and third-year law students at its Washington, D.C. offices. Semester legal interns work closely with attorneys, economists, and other investigative staff on actual law enforcement investigations, and federal and administrative court litigations. Typical assignments include conducting legal and factual research, interviewing witnesses, writing legal memoranda, and preparing documents and exhibits. Semester internships are unpaid, but academic or work-study credit may be possible. Interested students should contact their law schools for specific information and requirements.

Seven divisions participate in the semester legal intern program: Mergers I, Mergers II, Mergers III, Mergers IV, Anticompetitive Practices, Health Care, and the Technology Enforcement Division. The Mergers I Division, Anticompetitive Practices Division, Health Care Division, and the Technology Enforcement Division are accepting applications for both part-time (at least 12 hours per week) and full-time interns. The Mergers II and Mergers IV Divisions are also accepting applications for both part-time (at least 20 hours per week) and full-time interns, but Mergers IV strongly prefers full-time candidates. The Mergers III Division is accepting applications for full-time interns only.

Students should apply directly to each division in which they have an interest. The following application materials are required: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, seven-page writing sample (seven-page maximum; excerpts of a longer sample permitted), and three academic or professional references. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Division descriptions and contact information are below.

The application period for the spring 2020 semester is September 3 – October 31, 2019. For fall 2020, the application period is January 24 – March 31, 2020. Interviews are scheduled and offers are extended on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to submit their applications before the deadline.

Division Descriptions and Contacts

Mergers I

The Mergers I Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The Division reviews transactions in health care-related industries, including branded and generic pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution, medical devices, and consumer health products, as well as matters involving scientific, industrial, and consumer products. The Division has also been active in technology markets, such as those involving mobile advertising and audience measurement services. Contact: Jean McNeil (bmcneil@ftc.gov; 202-326-2856)

Mergers II

The Mergers II Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The Division reviews transactions in a wide range of industries, from semiconductors and other high-tech hardware, to industrial chemicals, mining, commercial software, music, and video games. The Division has successfully litigated a number of merger enforcement actions in federal and administrative court, including, most recently, Tronox/Cristal and Wilhelmsen/Drew Marine Group. Contact: Frances Anne Johnson (fjohnson@ftc.gov; 202-326-3221)

Mergers III

The Mergers III Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The Division reviews transactions in the oil, gasoline, and natural gas industries, including pipelines and terminals. In recent years, Mergers III has also reviewed mergers in other industries, including industrial spray equipment, real estate and property-related products and services, digital databases and information services, and industrial manufacturing and distribution. Mergers III also helps prepare the FTC’s annual report on concentration in the ethanol industry, and enforces the Commission’s rule preventing market manipulation in wholesale petroleum markets. Contact: Helder Agostinho (hagostinho@ftc.gov; 202-326-3415)

Mergers IV

The Mergers IV Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct in the context of mergers and acquisitions. The Division reviews transactions involving health care providers, office supply distribution, food distribution, casino services, supermarkets, specialty retail stores, and consumer goods. The Division has successfully litigated a number of cases in federal and administrative court, including Sanford Health/Mid Dakota Clinic; Staples/Office Depot; Advocate Health Care/NorthShore University HealthSystem; Sysco/US Foods; and ProMedica Health System/St. Luke’s Hospital. Contacts: Chris Caputo (ccaputo@ftc.gov;202-326-2460) and Emily Bowne (ebowne@ftc.gov; 202-326-2552)

Anticompetitive Practices

The Anticompetitive Practices Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct in industries other than health care and pharmaceuticals. ACP’s work involves not only stopping illegal conduct but also shaping the law. ACP’s ongoing work includes issues of intellectual property rights, attempts by professional and regulatory boards to limit competition, and immunities from and exceptions to the antitrust laws. ACP has become well- known for a series of cases involving anticompetitive conduct by members of standard-setting organizations. Contact: Wells Harrell (jharrell@ftc.gov; 202-326-3211)

Health Care

The Health Care Division investigates potentially anticompetitive conduct—including price-fixing, group boycotts, exclusive dealing, monopolization, and mergers—involving physicians and other health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals and other institutional providers. A major focus of the Division is the Commission’s effort to stop anticompetitive reverse-payment agreements that unlawfully insulate branded drugs from competition from lower-cost generic drugs. The Division also provides guidance on health care competition to policy makers, federal and foreign agencies, industry, and the public. Contact: Tanya O’Neil (toneil@ftc.gov; 202-326-2053)

Technology Enforcement Division

The primary focus of the Technology Enforcement Division is to identify and investigate anticompetitive conduct (including consummated mergers) in markets in which digital technology is an important dimension of competition, such as online platforms, digital advertising, social networking, software, operating systems, and streaming services. The TTF leverages its existing expertise and works with other Commission staff, including technologists, to develop a deep understanding of the unique features of complex digital markets. The Enforcement Division was created in February 2019. Contacts: Christine Kennedy (ckennedy@ftc.gov; 202-326-3569) and Michael Mikawa (mmikawa@ftc.gov; 202-326-2511)