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We are looking for an innovative and inquisitive law student to join our team for summer 2021. Our attorneys creatively use the law to promote governmental accountability and to uncover unethical and abusive government conduct. We use all available legal tools to identify, investigate, and reveal ethical problems and malfeasance at all levels of government. This requires initiative, skill, and creativity in identifying and crafting legal strategies. Our legal intern will be exposed to a wide range of legal activity within this active startup, including drafting open records requests, drafting complaints, assisting in developing litigation strategy, attending court hearings, and participating in brown bag luncheons discussing current litigation and ethics topics. Our interns also benefit from active mentoring by our team of attorneys. Apply here.
“Before joining American Oversight, I was working long hours at a stressful job. After the 2016 election, I was frustrated with the way things turned out and with my total lack of time for putting any thought into what I, personally, could do in response, let alone for taking any real action. I needed a change, and American Oversight’s mission — holding the government accountable and exposing corruption — was a great way to take my existing litigation skill-set and apply it to making a difference in the real world. In addition, while I had always cared about policy issues and their impact on people, I had never been tuned in to politics, nor did I feel like I had particularly useful or unique knowledge of any one policy issue. American Oversight was extra appealing, as it offered a means to participate and make a difference even without policy or political experience. Our work applies to all aspects of public policy, and it transcends the political, partisan system.” —Katie, Counsel
“I wanted to use my law degree in a way that reflected my interest in public policy and ethics. American Oversight beautifully married those two interests, and I feel that my work has a direct impact on the world around me. I am eager to see how some cases pending in litigation will pan out. I’m also really interested in our project with state records requests, seeing the organization expand beyond federal oversight. I really value the atmosphere here: Collegiality and collaboration build a supportive environment. Even though the organization is growing, there’s a feeling that we’re part of a team.” —Khahilia, Counsel