Internships and Research Fellows

Internship Program

The Administrative Conference seeks applicants for unpaid legal internships. Interns are exposed to a broad range of legal topics, with emphasis on administrative law and procedure. Interns directly assist Conference attorneys with ongoing projects through legal research and writing, participation in various ACUS-sponsored events, and other substantive work. Writing skills and academic achievement are key factors in the selection process.

Interested applicants should indicate their preference for the spring or fall term, or the summer. For spring and fall internships, current 2Ls and 3Ls are encouraged to apply; and for summer internships, rising 2Ls and 3Ls are encouraged to apply. Fall and Spring internships are offered on both full and part-time basis. Summer internships are full-time unless otherwise agreed upon. Summer internships need not be for the entire summer but a minimum commitment of 1 month is requested.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter highlighting any relevant coursework and work experience, and the semester for which you wish to intern; a resume that includes law school GPA; an unofficial law school transcript; and a writing sample.

 

Please be sure to indicate the approximate number of hours per week, if part-time is desired.  

 

Send completed applications to internships@acus.gov. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Research Fellow Program 

Individuals from academia, non-profit organizations, state government, foreign governments, or the private sector may apply for an unpaid visiting fellow position at the Conference. Visiting Fellows must have demonstrated expertise in the fields of administrative law, public policy, economics, social science, or regulatory reform.  Visiting Fellows may be U.S. Citizens or non-U.S. Citizens, but must be proficient in English, both spoken and written. Non-citizens must also demonstrate a unique ability to meets a specific need in fulfilling the agency’s statutory mission.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter (highlighting any relevant academic and work experience), resume, transcript from the institution from which you obtained your highest degree, and a writing sample (maximum of 10 pages). In addition, U.S. Citizens must present valid government-issued identification such as a driver’s license or passport. Non-U.S. Citizens must present proof of their visitor or residency status in the U.S., in addition to a valid passport.

Applications for Research Fellows are accepted and considered on a rolling basis as resources and space permit. The duration of the fellowship will be determined on a case-by-case basis; however, a minimum of three months is recommended to maximize your experience. 

Send completed applications and direct questions to Shawne McGibbon, smcgibbon@acus.gov.  

Detail and PMF Programs

The Conference offers non-reimbursable detail opportunities through Interagency Agreements (IAA) with other federal agencies, and offers non-reimbursable rotational opportunities through the Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) program. 

The PMF Program at the Conference is designed to develop a core group of federal officials, government-wide, who can contribute to making government work better and with more efficiency and transparency, and to foster better cooperation between federal agencies and the Conference. Participants in this program will evaluate federal procedures in all three branches of government—federal agencies, the judiciary, and the Congress—to determine their effectiveness, develop draft recommendations for improvement, and aid in the implementation of Conference recommendations. The typical duration of PMF rotations is approximately 4-6 months.

For more information about the government-wide PMF program generally, see https://www.pmf.gov/current-pmfs/training-and-development/rotational-opportunities.aspx

As with PMFs, detailees to the Conference can also expect to focus on research and other efforts designed to make the government work better and with greater efficiency and transparency. Administrative law issues such as rulemaking, adjudication, judicial review, FACA, FOIA, PRA, etc., are at the core of this position.

Applicants for both the PMF program and traditional detail positions should possesses relevant expertise in administrative law, public administration and/or regulatory analysis.

Application Process.

Please submit a cover letter highlighting any relevant academic and work experience, a resume, a transcript from the institution from which you obtained your highest degree, and a writing sample of no more than 10 pages.

Applications for PMFs and interagency details are accepted and considered on a rolling basis as resources and space permit. The duration of the fellowship or detail will be determined on a case-by-case basis; however, a minimum of three months is recommended to maximize your experience. 

Send completed applications and direct questions to Shawne McGibbon, smcgibbon@acus.gov