Fall Legal Intern

American Oversight
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jun 26

Position description

American Oversight is a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog that advances truth, accountability, and democracy by enforcing the public's right to government records. From the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to state transparency laws, we file carefully crafted records requests to extract information from the government, and if officials fail to respond as required by law, we take them to court and enforce the public's right to hold our leaders accountable.

Review and research current events to spot potential legal issues and to identify opportunities to uncover state and federal government malfeasance or unethical conduct. Collaborate with our research team to craft, review, and revise draft (FOIA) and state open records requests. Draft FOIA and state open records act administrative appeals. Draft court pleadings, including complaints, motions, and briefs or brief sections. Conduct legal research to support litigation strategy. Observe litigation proceedings or meetings, such as court hearings, depositions, or conferences with opposing counsel. Contribute to reports and other editorial content for AO’s website based on the findings of investigations. Attend and participate in regularly scheduled legal team and all staff meetings.


Commitment to public-interest advocacy and an interest in litigation. An interest in government ethics and accountability, legal investigations, and/or government oversight. Experience working independently in a remote environment and self-manage deadlines.  Prior experience working collaboratively within a team and cross-departmentally. An ability to analyze situations and information to apply sound decision making skills and sound judgment. We encourage individuals to apply even if they do not have any of the desired qualifications.

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