U.S. International Trade Commission

Law Students and Recent Law Grad Opportunities
Employee Qualifications for Attorney Advisor, available here and attached:
https://www.usitc.gov/employment/positions.htm https://www.usitc.gov/employment/documents/doc342.pdf
Office of Commissioners Jason E. Kearns, Diversity Summer Law Clerk Program Office of Commissioner Kearns is offering an internship position for rising second- or third-year law students or recent graduates for the summer of 2023. Intern will assist the Commissioner and his aides in all aspects of the Commission’s work including antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, unfair import investigations, and economic reports. Now accepting applications. For details, please contact Roop.Bhatti@usitc.gov
Office of General Counsel Internship Program (summer, fall, and spring)
The General Counsel serves as the USITC’s chief legal advisor. The General Counsel and the staff attorneys in the office provide legal advice and support to the Commissioners and USITC staff on investigations and research studies, prepare briefs and represent the USITC in court and before dispute resolution panels and administrative tribunals, and provide assistance and advice on general administrative matters.

OGC has an internship program that traditionally hires three current law students for full-time internships in the summer and part-time internships in the fall and spring, all unpaid.

For summer interns, we advertise positions over Symplicity in December requesting applications by late February, and aim to hire summer interns by mid- to late March. For spring interns, we advertise positions in September requesting applications by late November, and aim to hire spring interns by mid- to late December. For fall interns, we advertise positions in June requesting applications by August, and aim to hire fall interns by early to mid-September. Interns in OGC complete discrete assignments for attorneys touching on every aspect of the legal work in our office. Typical assignments given to interns include drafting summary of argument sections of legal issues memoranda, conducting legal research into caselaw that supports arguments for inclusion in response briefs, and drafting adequacy memoranda. The interns often also participate in moots if we have active litigation during their internships.

For more information, please contact Karl.von-Schriltz@usitc.gov
Office of Unfair Import Investigation Internship Program
The Office of Unfair Import Investigations (“OUII”) represents the public interest in adjudicatory investigations conducted under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. § 1337, which prohibits unfair practices in the import trade. These investigations most frequently involve allegations of patent or trademark infringement. Allegations of copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, passing off, false advertising, and antitrust violations also can be litigated in these investigations. More information is available at http://www.usitc.gov/intellectual_property.htm.

OUII has internship positions available. Qualifications include an interest in intellectual property law, especially patent law, litigation, or international trade. An engineering or science background is preferred but not required. In order to be considered for an internship, an applicant must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be a student at an accredited U.S. law school at the time of the internship; Enter into a student agreement with the law school and the USITC;
  • Pass a background investigation.
Interns will conduct research involving intellectual property law (frequently patent law), discovery, evidence, procedure, and other subjects pertinent to litigation concerning allegations of unfair trade practices. Interns will also draft legal memoranda, motions, responses to motions, and discovery requests, and will assist at trials and hearings and perform other tasks related to administrative proceedings under Section 337. Interns will work closely with one or more of the Investigative Attorneys litigating alleged violations of Section 337.

Internships are available for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students should submit their applications at least four months prior to the start of the semester (e.g., students interested in a spring internship should submit their applications at the beginning of the fall semester). Part-time interns should be able to work 16-20 hours per week. Full time interns should be able to work 40 hours per week. OUII cannot currently offer compensation to interns; however, many interns have worked with their schools to arrange for academic credit. Students interested in an internship at OUII should send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial law school transcript to: OUIIinternships@usitc.gov
Please also consult the “Basic Requirements for All Professional Attorney Positions at All Grades,” available here: https://www.usitc.gov/employment/documents/doc342.pdf