The NLRB offers several exciting and challenging opportunities for students, at its Washington, D.C. headquarters, and at its field offices. Click the following links to learn more about the internship and student positions that are available for both law students and non-legal students.
Law student positions with Board Members
Law student positions with the Office of General Counsel - Headquarters
Law student positions in the Division of Judges
Law student positions in the Office of General Counsel - field offices
Peggy Browning law student internships
Non-legal student positions in headquarters
Appellate Court Branch, Division of Enforcement Litigation
Contempt Litigation & Compliance Branch, Division of Enforcement Litigation
Special Litigation Branch, Division of Enforcement Litigation
Office of Appeals Division of Enforcement Litigation
Volunteer Field Examiner
LAW STUDENT POSITIONS WITH BOARD MEMBERS:
Law students who have completed their first or second year of law school may be employed to work in the Office of a Board Member. It is preferable that candidates have strong research and writing skills as well as strong academic credentials, and, although not required, that they have taken labor law courses.
Typical assignments, which will involve cases commensurate with academic knowledge, may consist of the following:
1. Performing legal research of Board and court decisions that may be applicable to a given case.
2. Analyzing assigned unfair labor practice and representation cases before the Board for adjudication.
3. Reading transcripts of hearings, Administrative Law Judge's Decisions, Hearing Officer's reports, exhibits and other evidence, as well as motions and briefs filed after a hearing. Outlining and summarizing the significant points involved, both as to the facts of the case and points of law for use in making further case analyses.
4. Presenting cases orally to the Board Members.
To inquire about availability of law student positions with Members of the Board and application procedures, contact Gary Shinners, Executive Secretary, NLRB Office of the Executive Secretary, 1099 14th St., N.W., Room 11600, Washington, D.C. 20570, (202) 273-3737. Applicants must provide the following materials: cover letter, resume, law school transcript (unofficial copy acceptable), and two unedited writing samples.
LAW STUDENT POSITIONS IN OFFICES OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL - HEADQUARTERS:
For information about the availability of law student positions with the Office of General Counsel Headquarters offices and application procedures, see the Division of Advice and the Division of Enforcement Litigation sections by clicking on the "Applying for Attorney Positions in the Office of the General Counsel, Washington, D.C. Headquarters"
LAW STUDENT POSITIONS IN THE DIVISION OF JUDGES:
National Labor Relations Board administrative law judges hear and adjudicate unfair labor practice complaints issued by the General Counsel, an independent prosecutor, against unions and employers. The judges also are involved in settlement discussions in cases pending before other administrative law judges. Judge’s decisions may be appealed to the Board in Washington, the US Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The Judges Division is accepting applications for student internships for the Summer 2018 period and Fall 2018 semester period. Internships, which are generally unpaid, require a minimum of 12 to 15 hours of work per week for semester periods and 35 hours for summer periods. Applicants need not have a background in labor law, but must have excellent skills in legal writing and analysis. For examples of the judges decisions, go to https://www.nlrb.gov/cases-decisions/administrative-law-judge-decisions.
There are 32 judges assigned to the Division’s Washington, D.C., New York City and San Francisco offices. The judges hear cases of various lengths, usually at locations away from their home office. After the trial, judges review the trial transcripts, exhibits, briefs of the parties and, after researching applicable law, issue written decisions. Students assist judges by performing legal research and writing, reading transcripts of hearings and drafting legal memoranda analyzing the facts of cases and applicable law for use by judges in developing legal analysis. Students assigned to the Washington, New York or San Francisco offices are assigned to work primarily with judges who receive assignments from those offices. However, when necessary, students may be assigned to work with judges in other offices.
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume and law school transcript to:
Judge Michael A. Rosas, Division of Judges
National Labor Relations Board
1015 Half Street, S.E.
Washington, DC 20570-0001
LAW STUDENT POSITIONS IN THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL - FIELD OFFICES:
One of the major purposes of legal internship program is to provide law students with meaningful educationally related work experiences. Volunteer law clerks, i.e. interns, will work in a Regional Office and assist in conducting unfair labor practice investigations, arranging representation elections, conducting elections and performing basic legal research. Volunteer Interns will work directly with agents and report to a supervisor who will guide them in handling case work and investigations. Interns may be briefed by senior officials from throughout the Region and Agency about the NLRB on both procedural and substantive labor law issues. Interns will be asked to produce written work products summarizing the results of investigations along with recommendations. The Agency will work closely with participating schools to ensure class credit where permitted and will provide on-the-job training as well as training on the NLRB through live and video presentations. Students working during the summer will participate in the Agency’s ten week Summer Program. For more information regarding the availability of law student positions in Field offices, contact the Field office in which you are interested in working during the summer. Some Field Offices may hire interns during the school year.
Qualifications - To qualify for a student assistant (legal) or law clerk internship you must:
1. Be a Law student in an accredited law school;
2. Have completed your first year of law school;
3. Possess strong writing and research skills;
4. Have strong academic credentials, while labor law course is preferred, it is not required; and
5. Have an interest in litigation.
How to Apply - Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter along with a recent transcript, and a brief writing sample directly to the Regional Office in which they are interested in interning. For more information about the Agency's Field Offices, Click here. If you are fluent in a language other than English, please note what language and your proficiency level.
These positions are unpaid, although students may receive academic credit or be funded by a third party or through a school sponsored program. For more information regarding the availability of law student and non-legal student positions in the Field offices, contact the most convenient Field office.
PATHWAYS INTERNSHIPS IN THE OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL – FIELD OFFICES:
To be considered for Student Temporary Employment (including summer internships and law student employment), Student Volunteer, or Student Career Experience (Co-op) appointments with the NLRB in one of its Field offices, you must supply all of the information required in OPM Form OF 510, "Applying for a Federal Job," OPM Form OF 306, "Declaration for Federal Employment," as well as the specific additional information outlined below. You may submit a resume, OPM Form OF 612 "Optional Application for Federal Employment," the previously utilized Form SF 171, or any other written format you choose. If you choose to use an application format other than the OPM Form OF 612, you may find it helpful to use the form as a guide to ensure that all relevant information is available as we consider your application for student employment. In addition to the information required by OPM Form OF 510, we need the specific additional information outlined below in order to evaluate your qualifications for employment.
Student Temporary Employment (including Summer Internship and Law Student Employment) in a Field Office
Law students who have completed their first or second year of law school may be employed in a field office. It is preferable that the candidates have strong research and writing skills, as well as strong academic credentials, and, although not required, that they have taken labor law classes.
Student Volunteer in a Field Office
One of the major purposes of this program is to provide students with meaningful educationally related work experiences.
The Student Volunteer Service Program includes: Graduate Students studying Industrial Relations, Law Students, and Undergraduate Students, who are not only interested in Field Examiner work, but also those interested in Computer Specialist and Language Specialist work.
The Student Career Experience Program (Undergraduate Cooperative Education Program) provides an integration of academic study with practical work experience and on-the-job training in an organized program in which students may alternate periods of attendance at a university with periods of related employment. The employment and on-the-job training phases of the program constitute a regular, continuing, and essential element of the educational process so that the undergraduate is better prepared for professional accomplishment.
Your application including the information requested below should be sent to the NLRB field office nearest to you. If you have any questions concerning your application or the requirements for student employment with a Field office, please contact the Human Resources Branch at (202) 273-3980, or the Field office nearest to you.
A. Additional Personal Information Which Must Be Included in Your Application:
1. When are you available for employment?
2. Do you have a valid driver's license? (Skip if applying for a Student Volunteer position.)
3. Are you a U. S. citizen? If not, of what country are you a citizen?
4. In which field office(s) would you like to be considered for a position?
5. The following conflict of interest questions must be answered:
a. Are you related (by blood or marriage) to anyone now employed by the National Labor Relations Board? If yes, state name and relationship.
b. If a decision is made to offer you an externship, your assignment to a particular office will depend on staffing needs and on whether or not your assignment to a particular office would create an actual or apparent conflict of interest. With respect to this latter consideration, please advise us if your spouse, parents, siblings, children, in-laws, fiancé(e), and/or other person who is a member of your household is
Employed in the labor field;
Employed by an institution which regularly does business with a field office or a headquarters office; or
Employed in a law firm that practices labor law;
Please identify the individual, the relationship, the employer involved and the field(s) and/or headquarters office with which they deal.
Submit copy of undergraduate, graduate, and law school transcripts (as applicable).
C. Other Qualifications
Are you fluent in a foreign language(s)? If so, indicate the language(s) and degree of oral and/or written fluency.
What you will do - Volunteer Field Examiners, or interns, will work in a Regional Office and assist in conducting unfair labor practice investigations, arranging representation elections, conducting elections and performing basic legal research. Volunteer Interns will work directly with agents and report to a supervisor who will guide them in handling case work and investigations. Interns may be briefed by senior officials from throughout the Region and Agency about the NLRB on both procedural and substantive labor law issues. Interns will be asked to produce written work products summarizing the results of investigations along with recommendations. The Agency will work closely with participating schools to ensure class credit where permitted and will provide on-the-job training as well as training on the NLRB through live and video presentations.
Qualifications - To qualify for a field examiner internship you must:
Must be at least a part-time student;
Have completed at least two years of college or be in graduate school;
Be majoring in a liberal arts subject or in such disciplines as: industrial relations, business, criminal investigations, journalism or computer forensics;
Possess strong writing and analytical skills.
How to Apply - Interested applicants should send a resume, a cover letter setting forth the office(s) at which you would like to be considered, along with a recent transcript, and a brief writing sample to email@example.com. For more information about the agency's field offices, Click here.
Field Offices - The following field offices are considering applications for unpaid FX interns:
Region 1 (Boston)
Region 2 (New York)
Region 4 (Philadelphia)
Region 5 (Baltimore, Washington, D.C.)
Region 6 (Pittsburgh)
Region 7 (Detroit, Grand Rapids)
Region 8 (Cleveland)
Region 9 (Cincinnati)
Region 10, Subregion 11 (Atlanta, Birmingham, Winston-Salem, Nashville)
Region 13 (Chicago)
Region 14 and Subregion 17 (Saint Louis and Kansas City)
Region 15 (New Orleans, Memphis and Little Rock)
Region 16 (Houston Resident Office)
Region 16 (San Antonio Resident Office)
Region 18 (Minneapolis, Milwaukee)
Region 21 (Los Angeles)
Region 22 (Newark)
Subregion 24, Hato Rey (San Juan), Puerto Rico
Region 25 - Indianapolis
Region 27 - Denver
Region 28 (Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Vegas) Region 29 - Brooklyn
Subregion 34, (Hartford)
Division of Operations-Management (Headquarters) See: NLRB Organizational Chart and the description below about the Compliance Unit about the volunteer student assistant (legal) as this is a similar position.
NOTE - In general, applications for the Fall semester internships are due on or before July 15 and the list will be purged on September 30. Applications for the Spring semester are due on or before November 15 and will be purged on December 30. Applications for the summer are due on or before April 15 and will be purged on May 30. You must reapply for each semester. If your school is on the quarter system, please indicate in your cover letter what time period you would like to be considered for an internship.
NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD
DIVISION OF OPERATIONS-MANAGEMENT
STUDENT ASSISTANT LEGAL (INTERN/VOLUNTEER LAW CLERK) POSITION
The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency created in 1935 to enforce the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB conducts secret-ballot elections to determine whether employees want union representation and investigates and remedies unfair labor practices by employers and unions.
The Division of Operations-Management assists the General Counsel in managing the Agency’s regional offices and supporting the enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRB’s newly formed Compliance Unit is located within the Division of Operations-Management. The Compliance Unit works with the Agency’s Field Offices, the Division of Enforcement Litigation, and the Division of Legal Service and General Litigation, on a broad range of issues including, but not limited to, derivative liability, bankruptcy, securing settlements, and compliance with informal settlements, Board orders and Court judgments. Students working during the summer will participate in the Agency’s ten week Summer Program.
Position: Student Legal Intern, Volunteer
We are looking for a law student to assist the Division’s Compliance Unit with case evaluation, legal research, settlement templates, training materials, drafting of sample pleadings, and project management. Our student intern will work directly with the Assistant to the General Counsel and two Deputy Assistant General Counsels and will research federal and state security and collection law, draft legal memoranda and federal court pleadings, draft civil discovery subpoenas and other discovery requests, and develop training resources to advance the Agency’s Best Compliance Practices. There will be as many opportunities for hands-on experience as the student legal intern wants to handle. The student will also participate in the Agency’s summer intern program which involves briefings by senior officials from throughout the Agency about the NLRB on both procedural and substantive labor law issues. Our student intern will produce written work products (useful for future employment writing samples). The Agency will work closely with participating schools to ensure class credit where permitted.
Qualifications: Law students who have completed their first or second year of law school and who have a strong interest in public sector work with an interest in labor and employment law.
Application: Cover letter, resume, transcript and short writing sample.
Deadline: Rolling with positions available in the summer and during the school year.
Joan A. Sullivan, Assistant General Counsel
ComplianceUnit@nlrb.gov (link sends e-mail)
National Labor Relations Board
Division of Operations Management, Compliance Unit
1015 Half Street, S.E., 6th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20570
PEGGY BROWNING LAW STUDENT INTERNSHIPS:
The NLRB sponsors three law student fellowship positions through the Peggy Browning Fund in the Judges Division, Contempt Litigation & Compliance Branch and a Regional Office. The Field position rotates among the various Regional Offices. The Fund, which is not affiliated with the NLRB, is an independent, nonprofit corporation established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, a prominent labor attorney and former Member of the National Labor Relations Board. The Fund's mission is to provide law students with diverse, challenging work and educational experiences in the area of workers' rights. A salary stipend is paid by the Fund, not the NLRB. For more information contact the Fund's web site [www.peggybrowningfund.org] or 1818 Market Street, Suite 2300, Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215/665-6815. The application deadline is in mid January.
NON-LEGAL STUDENT POSITIONS IN HEADQUARTERS:
To inquire about non-legal student positions in the Headquarters offices, contact the NLRB's Human Resources Branch, 1099 14th St., N.W., Room 6000, Washington, D.C. 20570; (202) 273-3980.
THE DIVISION OF ADVICE
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL
The Division of Advice, located within the Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C., consists of three branches: The Regional Advice Branch, the Injunction Litigation Branch, and the Legal Research & Policy Planning Branch.
The Regional Advice Branch provides guidance to the General Counsel and to the Regional Offices with respect to difficult or novel legal issues arising in the processing of unfair labor practice charges. It determines whether charges have merit and, if so, what legal theories should be advanced in support. If the decision is to dismiss a charge, it sets forth the theories that support that decision. In either case, the guidance must take into account the current law and agency policies as well as an analysis of how those legal principles and policies may be evolving.
The Injunction Litigation Branch implements, in conjunction with the Regional Offices, the General Counsel's Section 10(j) program to obtain interim injunctions to restore or preserve the status quo where necessary to preserve the effectiveness of the Board's ultimate remedial order. The Branch evaluates Regional recommendations for seeking interim injunctive relief and drafts recommendations to the Board in cases in which the General Counsel recommends seeking such relief. It provides to Regional Offices resource materials and training on the investigation and litigation of Section 10(j) cases. The Branch also advises and assists Regions in the litigation of both Section 10(j) and Section 10(l) injunction cases in federal district courts, and directly handles all appellate litigation in such cases.
The Legal Research & Policy Planning Branch provides agency employees with current summaries of NLRB and related court decisions both through the publication of case digest summaries and through an electronic research database. It also processes documents for release to the public pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, develops and promulgates changes in the Board's procedural rules which are then published in the Federal Register, and provides assistance with a number of other agency programs, including processing cases arising under the Equal Access to Justice Act and development of internal and web-based electronic research tools.
Requirements for Staff Attorney positions:
Law school graduate and licensed attorney (or admission within one year of hire). Labor law course(s) and/or experience in labor relations field preferred. Strong research and writing skills.
Send Resume to:
Barry J. Kearney, Associate General Counsel
Division of Advice
NLRB Office of the General Counsel
1099 14th Street, N.W., Suite 10406
Washington, D.C. 20570
APPELLATE COURT BRANCH
DIVISION OF ENFORCEMENT LITIGATION
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL
The Appellate Court Branch of the Division of Enforcement Litigation represents the Board in all cases involving enforcement or review of the Board's orders, in all federal circuit courts of appeals. Attorneys in the Branch handle all aspects of the appellate litigation, including drafting the Board's brief and presenting oral argument before the circuit court. To apply for a position in the Appellate Court Branch, send a resume to Linda J. Dreeben, Assistant General Counsel, NLRB, 1099 14th Street NW, Suite 8100, Washington, D.C. 20570. To complete the application process an applicant must submit law school and undergraduate transcripts, an unedited writing sample, and references.
CONTEMPT, COMPLIANCE, AND SPECIAL LITIGATION BRANCH
DIVISION OF LEGAL COUNSEL
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL
Contempt, Compliance, and Special Litigation Branch (CCSLB) represents the Board and the General Counsel in all suits not statutorily based on Sections 10(e) and (f) of the Act, and conducts civil and criminal contempt litigation to obtain compliance with Board orders.
These matters may include actions to restrain or compel issuance of complaint by the General Counsel, actions to restrain or compel particular Board proceedings, actions to review Board rulemaking, actions to compel disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act or payment of attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, subpoena enforcement proceedings under Section 11 of the National Labor Relations Act, filing objections to subpoenas issued against Agency personnel, or proceedings and assistance to Regions to protect the Board's remedial orders in bankruptcy courts or against attachments, garnishments or liens.
In addition, based on the recommendation of the General Counsel, and upon authorization by the Board, CCSLB may initiate an action or intervene in ongoing litigation in federal district court in order to protect the Board's jurisdiction and the primacy of its decisions. In conjunction with the Justice Department, CCSLB also assists defending Agency employees in suits filed against them in their individual capacity for actions they have taken within the scope of their authority and employment.
CCSLB also conducts civil and criminal contempt litigation in the U.S. Courts of Appeals to coerce compliance or to punish non-compliance with judgments enforcing orders of the Board; obtains protective orders to ensure that assets will not be dissipated in an effort to avoid the payment of backpay judgments; institutes and monitors ancillary collection proceedings, including actions under the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act to garnish and obtain other injunctive relief pendente lite. CCSLB also provides investigative assistance to the Regions related to obtaining compliance with Board and court orders, including investigating entities and/or individuals that may be derivatively liable under the Act.
CCSLB litigation is nation-wide in scope, affects all segments of industry and applies to all unfair labor practices proscribed by law. Through this litigation, compliance with orders of the Courts of Appeals is obtained, and the policies enunciated in the National Labor Relations Act and the orders of the courts are effectuated.
An attorney or law student interested in applying for a permanent position with CCSLB must submit an application through a USAJobs Vacancy Announcement, when a vacancy is posted.
A law student interested in a summer intern position should submit a resume, law school transcript, and an unedited writing sample to Bill Mascioli, Assistant General Counsel, Contempt, Compliance, and Special Litigation Branch, NLRB, 1015 Half Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20570 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Law student candidates must have strong research and writing skills, and it is preferred, although not required, that they have taken basic labor law or have some other labor law background.
OFFICE OF APPEALS
DIVISION OF ENFORCEMENT LITIGATION
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL
The primary function of the Office of Appeals is to review, on behalf of the General Counsel, appeals of decisions by the Regional Directors to dismiss or defer unfair labor practice charges. Procedures governing such appeals are set forth in Section 102.19 of the Board's Rules and Regulations. The General Counsel has sole authority to review and sustain or deny these appeals and the decisions in such cases are not subject to review by the National Labor Relations Board or in any court.
When an appeal is filed, the full investigatory file developed in the Regional Office is forwarded to the Office. The case is then assigned to a staff attorney for review. This attorney, in conjunction with his or her supervisor, is expected to review the facts developed in the field investigation, identify the legal issues involved, find the relevant case law; and orally and in writing analyze whether, based on case precedent, the decision of the Regional Director should be reversed. When a reversal is recommended, or where, due to the novelty of the legal issues presented or the notoriety of the case, review by the General Counsel is desirable, the attorney, with the assistance of his or her supervisor, will present the case to either the Assistant Director or Director of the Office and ultimately to the General Counsel for decision. Meetings with the General Counsel are held weekly for the purpose of discussing cases identified by the Office as deserving of General Counsel review. The Office of Appeals also reviews appeals from Regional Directors' refusals to provide information from Regional office files to requesting parties seeking documents and records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Office of Appeals has a tradition of innovative legal work under FOIA and has been instrumental in assisting the General Counsel in developing the policy of disclosure of records in the Agency investigative files and on e-mail under FOIA.
A newly-hired staff attorney will become quickly immersed in the leading labor law issues on a daily basis. Case assignments cover each and every section of the Act as it pertains to allegations surrounding unfair labor practice charges filed by Employers, Unions and individuals. Superior research and writing skills are a prerequisite for a staff attorney position and a familiarity with the Act as part of the applicant's law school curriculum would be an asset.
A law student intern in the Office of Appeals would be responsible with the assistance of supervision for organizing facts from the agency investigative files; ascertaining the substantive legal issues; interpreting relevant case law; interpreting and construing pertinent provisions of the Act; analyzing and presenting oral and written reports of cases at various levels of supervision including the General Counsel's agenda and preparing disposition letters and memoranda.
A legal internship is available in the Office of Appeals through cooperative education agreements with law schools whereby law students work in the Office for scholastic credit.
Inquiries regarding permanent positions or internships available in the Office of Appeals should be directed to Daniel Levitan, Supervisory Attorney, Office of Appeals, NLRB, Suite 8822, 1099-14th St. NW., Washington, D.C. 20570.