Fall Legal Internship (Paid)
Peace Corps Office of Inspector General
About the organization
The purpose of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) is to prevent fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement and to promote effectiveness and efficiency in government.
OIG is an independent entity within the Peace Corps. The Inspector General reports directly to Congress and the Peace Corps Director, keeping them fully and currently informed concerning the programs and operations of the Peace Corps.
OIG legal interns:
• Conduct legal and policy research related to Peace Corps operations and government oversight issues.
• Track and analyze legislation affecting the inspector general community.
• Solicit and propose ways of addressing the views and concerns of the inspector general community in response to legislative initiatives and Congressional requests.
• Research legislative proposals or amendments to pending legislation.
• Assist in reviewing and revising, as appropriate, current Peace Corps and Office of Inspector manuals/policy to accurately reflect agency business practices as well as overall best practices.
• Provide support in editing OIG reports and memorandums.
• Assist in researching and writing on specific law enforcement matters within the purview of the Peace Corps Office of Inspector General.
• Help support Office of Inspector General response to Freedom of Information Act Requests.
What Type of Allegations Does the OIG Investigate?
The OIG conducts investigations of criminal, civil, and administrative misconduct related to Peace Corps programs and operations (both domestic and overseas). Investigations are based on specific allegations, reports, or other information indicating possible violations of law or regulation. OIG serves as the law enforcement arm of the Peace Corps and works closely with the Department of State, the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies.
Full-time and part-time law students who have completed at least two full semesters of legal study are eligible to apply. Candidates who are selected for the fall or spring semester must commit to working no fewer than 20 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. Candidates selected for the summer must commit to working no fewer than 32 hours a week for a minimum of 10 weeks.
What are the Major Functions of OIG?
OIG is authorized by law to review all programs and operations of the Peace Corps, a truly global mandate. OIG staff has a range of skills:
• Auditors review functional activities of the Peace Corps, such as contract compliance and financial and program operations, to ensure accountability and to recommend improved levels of economy and efficiency.
• Evaluators analyze the management and program operations of the Peace Corps at both overseas posts and domestic offices. They identify best practices and recommend program improvements and ways to accomplish Peace Corps mission and strategic goals.
• Investigators respond to allegations of criminal or administrative wrongdoing by Peace Corps personnel, including experts and consultants, and by those who do business with the Peace Corps, including contractors.
Rising 2Ls may be compensated at the FP-9 level, 2Ls may be compensated at the FP-7 level, and 3Ls may be compensated at the FP-5 level. You can view the current pay schedule for the Washington-Baltimore area by checking the Department of State website
Contact email: [email protected]
OIG accepts applications on a rolling basis. To be considered for OIG’s Legal Intern Program, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not to exceed 10 pages) to Sarah O’Neill Gerwin, Assistant Inspector General for Management and Administration, [email protected]
Equal Opportunity Employment
The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:
The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.
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