Division of Plan Benefits Security (Washington, D.C., Remote)
Volunteer Undergraduate Intern (Academic Credit Required)
Duration of Internship: Flexible – Start in Winter Semester or January for Spring Semester (depends on academic credit requirements)
Application Deadline: Monday, November 15 at 5:00PM ET
The Plan Benefits Security Division (PBSD) protects the rights of America’s workers and retirees to their pension, health, and other employment-related benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) for retirees and workers who depend upon ERISA plans for their retirement income and health benefits. Under ERISA, the Secretary of Labor is responsible to protect the participants and beneficiaries of over 650,000 retirement plans and approximately 2.3 million health and welfare plans and their interests in the over $8.7 trillion in assets held by those plans.
In carrying out PBSD’s mission, our litigation attorneys handle federal district court and appellate cases through direct litigation and amicus briefs filed in private actions. Our regulatory attorneys handle advice and opinions with respect to statutory changes, ERISA regulations, sub-regulatory guidance, and interpretations of ERISA issued by the Secretary of Labor.
Our undergraduate internship provides college juniors and seniors insight into the Federal government and legal careers. This internship is an unpaid volunteer position. The student must be able to arrange academic credit. Interns will work alongside PBSD attorneys, gaining experience and exposure to the real world practice of law. Examples of responsibilities include assisting attorneys with legal research, motions, advice memoranda, discovery, trial, or other office matters.
What we look for:
Successful applicants must have an interest in the legal field, excellent written and verbal skills, a professional demeanor, and the ability to work in a team environment. We request a minimum time commitment of 5-10 hours per week.
PBSD endeavors to recruit, hire, promote, and retain a diverse group of interns each year. We define diversity as the unique perspectives candidates bring to the program, including, but not limited to, national origin, language, race, color, ethnicity, disability, gender and gender identity, age, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, family structure, geographical background, education, and professional experience.
How to apply:
Interested candidates must submit the following material: (1) cover letter (noting the number of hours per week you could work); (2) resume; (3) a writing sample; and (4) a transcript (unofficial versions accepted). Please reference in the e-mail’s subject line “Volunteer Undergraduate Intern.”
Applications are due by Monday, November 15, at 5:00PM ET. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted in the following days.
For more information, contact:
Christine D. Han