U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Chief Counsel - Summer 2012 Interns

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively seeking second-year law students for intern positions in its Office of Chief Counsel for the summer of 2012. No other federal agency touches the daily life of citizens as directly as the FDA. In regulating about 25 percent of the United States consumer economy, the FDA is responsible for the safety and effectiveness of two trillion dollars worth of products a year including items as diverse as artificial hearts, surgical lasers, gene therapy, dialysis machines, cloned animals, genetically engineered foods, counterterrorism products, and drugs produced using nanotechnology techniques.

Lawyers in the Office of Chief Counsel advise the FDA on legal matters and represent the agency in court proceedings and in administrative hearings. They participate in both civil and criminal cases; draft pleadings, motions and briefs; and participate in discovery and trials. Lawyers also serve as counselors to the major programs of the agency: drugs, foods, biologics, devices, veterinary products, tobacco and enforcement. They provide legal opinions, and participate in rulemaking proceedings, legislative matters, policy deliberations, and international negotiations. In addition, lawyers are involved in explaining agency programs to Congress, the regulated industry, and the public. More information about the office is available at http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OC/OfficeoftheChiefCounsel.

Candidates should have a record of strong academic achievement.  Experience or interest in public health issues, regulatory matters, or litigation is helpful.  Positions are located at FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. Interested candidates should send a resume, copy of law school transcript, and writing samples to OCOCCAttorneyAPP@fda.hhs.gov (and designate SUMMER INTERN APPLICATION on the subject line) by October 28, 2011.