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Inspector General Internships

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is responsible for agency oversight, the investigation and prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse, and the promotion of effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity of the USITC.

The OIG has internship positions available for undergraduate students in their final year of an accredited, four-year accounting, finance, or IT program; graduate students seeking an advanced degree in accounting, finance, or IT; or J.D. candidates who have completed at least one year of law school. The OIG will accept applications on a rolling basis.

Interns will receive experience in all aspects of OIG work. The work normally assigned to an intern consists primarily of research, the development and design of planning documents, the writing and review of memoranda and other official publications, and assisting with audits, inspections, evaluations, and other actions as necessary. OIG interns are regularly included in the twice a week staff meetings during which current issues relating to USITC, international trade, or Inspector General areas of responsibility are presented and discussed.

The normal internship period is approximately three to four months and corresponds roughly to the fall, spring or summer semester of the standard academic year. During the summer an intern should be able to work full-time (40 hours per week), and a minimum of 15 hours per week during the fall or spring.

Although OIG will not offer compensation for internship work, many interns work with their schools to arrange academic credit and/or financial assistance for the time they spend at the agency.

Those interested in an OIG internship position at USITC should send a resume and cover letter to

Applicants should also indicate the approximate dates when they would be available. All interns must be United States citizens and pass a background check.

Internships in the Office of Unfair Import Investigations

The Office of Unfair Import Investigations ("OUII") represents the public interest in adjudicatory investigations conducted under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. § 1337, which prohibits unfair practices in the import trade. These investigations most frequently involve allegations of patent or trademark infringement. Allegations of copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, passing off, false advertising, and antitrust violations also can be litigated in these investigations. More information is available at

OUII has internship positions available. Qualifications include an interest in intellectual property law, especially patent law, litigation, or international trade. An engineering or science background is preferred but not required. In order to be considered for an internship, an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be a student at an accredited U.S. law school at the time of the internship;
  • Enter into a student agreement with the law school and the USITC;
  • Pass a background investigation.

Interns will conduct research involving intellectual property law (frequently patent law), discovery, evidence, procedure, and other subjects pertinent to litigation concerning allegations of unfair trade practices. Interns will also draft legal memoranda, motions, responses to motions, and discovery requests, and will assist at trials and hearings and perform other tasks related to administrative proceedings under Section 337. Interns will work closely with one or more of the Investigative Attorneys litigating alleged violations of Section 337.

Internships are available for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students should submit their applications at least four months prior to the start of the semester (e.g., students interested in a spring internship should submit their applications at the beginning of the fall semester). Part-time interns should be able to work 16-20 hours per week. Full time interns should be able to work 40 hours per week. OUII cannot currently offer compensation to interns; however, many interns have worked with their schools to arrange for academic credit.

Students interested in an internship at OUII should send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial law school transcript to: