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Internship Opportunities

  • Legal Internships (for JD Students): Our Law Student Interns learn what being an attorney in public service is like by working side-by-side with experienced prosecutors, investigators, and litigators to promote the interests of the people of Pennsylvania. All internships in this category require being enrolled and in good standing with a JD program, proficiency in legal research and writing, and a passion for public service. Explore internship descriptions for more specific requirements. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for multiple internships if so interested, and to include an explanation of their preferences and interests in their cover letter.

    Non-legal Internships (for Non-JD Students): Our interns get firsthand experience in public service by working with professionals in public management, digital media, communications, policy, and more. All current students are welcome to apply for these internships.


    OAG Internships for Law Students

    Public Protection Division

    The Public Protection Division safeguards the personal rights of Pennsylvanians and protects the public, intervening through policy and legal action when individuals, businesses, or organizations violate those rights. Interns in the Public Protection Division work with attorneys on issues ranging from individual consumer complaints to multi-million dollar antitrust and utility cases.

    Bureau of Consumer Protection | Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh [more info]
    The Bureau of Consumer Protection investigates and mediates consumer complaints and takes legal action against companies that engage in unfair business practices when a lawsuit by the Attorney General is in the public interest and would benefit the Commonwealth.

    Public Protection Senior Team | Philadelphia, Harrisburg [more info]  
    Senior Team Interns work with senior attorneys and assist the Executive Deputy Attorney General for PPD on a variety of investigations and cases spanning multiple topic areas.

    Antitrust | Harrisburg [more info]
    The Antitrust Section helps protect free enterprise by detecting anticompetitive practices and taking legal action to stop them. The Section brings legal actions to recover overcharges paid by consumers and state agencies as the result of violations of state and federal antitrust laws. The Section reviews and challenges mergers which may harm Pennsylvania’s economy. The Antitrust Section also handles miscellaneous complex litigation not handled by other sections.

    Health Care | Harrisburg [more info]
    The Health Care Section receives and investigates complaints related to health care providers and insurance companies, and takes legal action to protect consumers when appropriate.

    Fair Labor | Philadelphia [more info]
    The Fair Labor Section investigates and takes legal or policy action to end unlawful or discriminatory workplace practices. To accomplish this, the section partners with labor organizations, community groups, professional associations, and other states’ Attorneys General. It also conducts public outreach and education regarding workers’ rights.


    Civil Law Division
    The Civil Law Division has four main functions. The first is to represent the Commonwealth and its agencies, officials, and employees in major litigation in state and federal courts. Next, is to collect delinquent taxes and other debts owed to the Commonwealth. Third, the OAG is responsible for review and approval for form and legality all state bond issues and all agency contracts and regulations. Finally, it is responsible for providing legal opinions upon request to the Governor and the heads of Commonwealth agencies.

    Tax Litigation & Financial Enforcement | Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg [more info]
    The Tax Litigation and Financial Enforcement Section represents the Commonwealth in state tax appeals. There are two main units: Financial Enforcement (Philadelphia & Pittsburgh) represents the Commonwealth in federal bankruptcy proceedings and efforts to collect delinquent taxes and other debts to the Commonwealth, while Tax Litigation (Harrisburg) resolves tax-related appeals to the Commonwealth Court through either litigation or settlement.

    Tort Litigation | Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Norristown [more info]
    The Torts Litigation Section defends the Commonwealth and its agencies, officials, and employees in personal injury actions. Many of these involve claims made against the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for death or serious bodily injury resulting from alleged negligence with regards to highway design, construction, and maintenance.

    Civil Litigation | Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh [more info]
    The Litigation Section represents the Commonwealth and its agencies, officials, and employees in a wide variety of lawsuits, usually in federal court, most of which concern the constitutionality of state statutes, the operation of state programs, the conduct of state law enforcement officers, the administration of state prisons, or the employment practices of state agencies.

    Legal Review | Harrisburg [more info]
    The Legal Review Section reviews and approves the legality of all state bond issues, agency contracts, and regulations, and provides opinions the legality and constitutionality to the Governor and the heads of Commonwealth agencies upon request. It also handles Right-to-Know Law requests submitted to the Office of Attorney General and oversees the ACRE (Agriculture, Communities, and Rural Environment) program, which ensures that local ordinances regulating agriculture comply with state law.

     

    Criminal Law Division
    The Criminal Law Division is the largest segment of the OAG, representing more than half of all employees. By law, the OAG has the power to investigate and prosecute criminal matters relating to the public duties of state officials and employees, corrupt organizations, charges referred by a Commonwealth agency pursuant to such agency's enforcement provisions, presentments returned by an Investigating Grand Jury, and matters arising out of the Medicaid Fraud Control Section. In addition, the Criminal Law Division may prosecute upon request of a district attorney for a lack of resources or a conflict of interest and may handle criminal appeals as the law provides. The Criminal Law division is prominently involved in investigating and prosecuting high-volume drug trafficking and sales.

    Organized Crime | North Huntingdon, Norristown [more info]
    The Organized Crime Section (OCS) of the Criminal Law Division investigates and prosecutes complex criminal enterprises. OCS works closely with the Investigating Grand Jury, the PA State Police, and U.S Attorneys’ offices. OCS has previously investigated organizations involved in drug trafficking, gambling, loansharking, extortion, identity theft, insurance fraud, auto theft, money laundering, intimidation of witnesses, and murder.

    Asset Forfeiture & Money Laundering | Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg [more info]
    The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section is responsible for the litigation of asset forfeiture cases resulting from controlled substance related investigations, and for the supervision and prosecution of money laundering and other drug-related financial cases.


    OAG Internships for Undergrads and Graduate Students

    Executive Office | Harrisburg [more info]
    The Executive Office oversees all operations of the Office of Attorney General and supports the day-to-day operations of the Attorney General. Executive Office interns assist the Attorney General and his senior team with logistics planning, outreach, drafting communications, and responding to constituent concerns.

    Policy and Planning | Philadelphia [more info]
    The Office of Policy and Planning advises the Attorney General and other senior officials in OAG on matters of internal and external policy, conducts research, and helps plan the future of the Office. Interns will deal with a dynamic range of tasks, the subject matter of which will be highly dependent on current developments in public policy, both in Pennsylvania and nationwide.

    Press Office | Harrisburg [more info]
    The Press Office works to communicate the latest information about the work being done by the Attorney General, our agents, investigators, and prosecutors. Press Office interns work with the Press Secretary and staff to draft official communications, pitch stories to media outlets, track OAG’s media coverage, and set up and work press events off-site.

    Office of Public Engagement | Philadelphia, Harrisburg [more info]
    OPE educates the public on services provided by OAG and common health and safety risks including known scams, cyber safety, child predators, elder abuse, and other topics as information is gathered by OAG. Education and Outreach specialists in OPE act as ambassadors to public organizations, governmental agencies, schools, senior citizen groups, and others.  OPE accomplishes these goals through strategic communications and educational events with all sorts of groups.

    Creative Director’s Office | Harrisburg [more info]
    The Creative Director of the Office of Attorney General designs and maintains the office’s website, social media accounts, multimedia content, and printed materials. This work involves writing, editing, graphic design, web design, and working with audio and video content.

    Bureau of Consumer Protection | Philadelphia [more info]
    The Bureau of Consumer Protection investigates and mediates consumer complaints and takes legal action against companies that engage in unfair business practices when a lawsuit by the Attorney General is in the public interest and would benefit the Commonwealth. BCP interns participate in research, document review, data management, communications with businesses, and outreach events, and may get to attend trials.

    Torts Litigation | Pittsburgh [more info]
    The Torts Litigation Section defends the Commonwealth and its agencies, officials, and employees in personal injury actions. Many of these involve claims made against the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for death or serious bodily injury resulting from alleged negligence with regards to highway design, construction, and maintenance.


    Click HERE to apply for an internship. 

    The deadline to apply for Spring 2018 internships is Thursday, November 30th.