Summer 2018 Legal Internships (For Current Law Students)
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. Public Protection Interns work with attorneys on issues ranging from individual consumer complaints to multi-million dollar antitrust and utility cases. They gain critical skills in legal research, writing, negotiations, data analysis, trial preparation, litigation, and more. Interns are placed in one of the following sections based on their preference, location, and the office’s needs: Consumer Protection, Antitrust, Fair Labor, Charitable Trusts & Organizations, Health Care, Civil Rights Enforcement, Tobacco Enforcement, or the Division Senior Team.
Civil Law Internship
The Civil Law Division serves a number of crucial legal functions for the Commonwealth, ranging from complex financial and tax matters, to torts litigation practice, to trial and appellate litigation over constitutional and other issues. Civil Law Division Interns work closely with attorneys on trials, pleadings, discovery, briefing, settlement negotiations, client relations, and important Commonwealth approval processes. They gain critical skills in legal research, writing, negotiations, data analysis, trial preparation, litigation, and more. Interns are placed in one of the following sections based on their preference, location, and the office’s needs: Constitutional Litigation, Appellate Litigation, Torts Defense Litigation, Tax Litigation, Financial/Bankruptcy Enforcement, Contract & Statutory Legal Review, or Impact Litigation.
Criminal Law Division
By law, OAG has the power to investigate and prosecute criminal matters relating to the public duties of state officials and employees, corrupt organizations, violations of the Drug Act, Insurance and Medicaid Fraud, charges referred by a Commonwealth agency, presentments returned by an Investigating Grand Jury, and matters referred by a District Attorney due to a conflict of interest or lack of resources. The Criminal Law Division has been prominently involved in combatting high-volume drug trafficking and sales, combatting gun violence, holding environmental criminals responsible, and pursuing child predators. Criminal Division Interns work closely with attorneys on every aspect of criminal prosecutions and appeals. Interns are placed in one of the following sections based on their preference, location, and the office’s needs: Organized Crime, The Drug Strike Force, Asset Forfeiture & Money Laundering, Criminal Appeals, Environmental Crimes, Insurance Fraud, or Medicaid Fraud.
Summer 2018 Non-Legal Internships (For Current Undergraduates and Graduate Students)
Criminal Division Agents Internship
The Criminal Law Division protects the people of Pennsylvania by investigating and prosecuting a variety of serious crimes. The Criminal Law Division has been prominently involved in combatting high-volume drug trafficking and sales, working to eliminate gun violence, holding environmental criminals responsible, and catching child predators. Interns shadow agents as they perform every aspect of their jobs, including field operations. Depending on their placement, Interns may witness and assist with raids, undercover investigations, controlled drug buys, informant interviews, the use of tactical equipment, and surveillance operations. They often watch such operations in-person from a short distance away and actively assist as soon as the scene is secured. Interns join a team focusing on one of the following topics based on their preference, location, and the office’s needs: Narcotics, Criminal Investigations, Organized Crime, Computer Forensics, Intelligence, or Technical Services.
Consumer Protection Agents Internship
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. Consumer Protection Interns work alongside Consumer Protection Agents as they receive, investigate, and mediate consumer complaints. Research and analysis done by interns support the Bureau’s litigation activities. Interns see the entire consumer protection process up close: from initial complaints to days in court. The experience they gain is valuable for students interested in the investigative side of public protection or in future careers in law, regulatory enforcement, or public service.
Public Administration Internship
In addition to professional investigative agents and attorneys, the operation of OAG relies on a dedicated staff of public servants with varying backgrounds: researchers, communications professionals, policy experts, graphic designers, accountants, and administrative specialists just to name a few. Public Administration Interns work alongside senior-level professionals to gain valuable hands-on experience and an appreciation for the application of one’s talents to public service. Interns work on a dynamic range of projects with real impact, and receive constructive feedback that helps them build the skills of a valuable public administration professional. Interns are placed with one of the following offices depending on their preference and location, and the office’s needs: Executive Staff, Press Office, Government Affairs, Public Engagement, Drug Diversion Programs, Creative & Digital, Litigation Support Accounting, or Policy and Planning.