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Externship Positions
Office of Private International Law
Department of State

The Office of Private International Law generally has one or two unpaid positions (part-time or full-time) available each semester. Externs work directly with attorneys in conducting research, analyzing issues, preparing memoranda and other documents, developing negotiating positions, and otherwise assisting in the day-to-day work of the office.

Students who are interested in applying for an externship position with the Office of Private International Law in the coming fall or spring need to follow the instruction on the website at

Externs must be eligible to receive a Secret-level security clearance. Only U.S. citizens are considered for the program. Academic excellence, relevant experience, professional promise and the other factors identified for interns are important factors in the selection process. Applications for externship during the fall semester must be received no later than the preceding March 31, and for the spring semester no later than the preceding June 30.

All applicants must submit a comprehensive resume, law school transcript, and two letters of recommendation from faculty members or officials of the sponsoring institution; a cover letter is also welcome. Externs will be requested to provide a statement affirming that the institution permits participation in such a program

A copy of the applicant’s law school transcript and a list of three academic or professional references must accompany the application; a cover letter is also welcome.

Externs applicants – Please submit applications on line to or fax to 202-485-8650.

Office of the Legal Adviser
L/EX Room 5.600, SA-17
600 19th St., N.W
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20522-1705


  • Third-year students: September 1 of 3rdyear
  • For spring semester – June 1 of preceding year;
    For fall semester –January 31

Decisions on hiring (other than laterals and spring semester externs) are generally made in the fall consistent with the availability of positions and needs of the office.

U.S. Department of State

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