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JOB TITLE: Summer Law Fellow / Summer Policy Fellow

AGENCY: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

SALARY RANGE: Administratively determined, equivalent to General Schedule Grade 7, Step 1 (for candidates who have completed one graduate-level year) or Grade 8, Step 1 (for candidates who have completed more than 1 graduate-level year or recently completed a graduate-level degree) for the duration of temporary employment.

POSITION INFORMATION: This is an opportunity for temporary summer employment as a Summer Law Fellow or Summer Policy Fellow at the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board for up to 3 months.


WHO MAY APPLY: Open to the public. U.S. citizenship required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE: TOP SECRET – Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security clearance preferred.

Agency Mission
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s responsibilities comprise two basic functions: oversight and advice. In its oversight role, the Board is authorized to continually review the implementation of executive branch policies, procedures, regulations, and information sharing practices relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. The Board is also authorized to continually review any other actions of the executive branch relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to determine whether such actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and whether they are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding privacy and civil liberties. In its advice role, the Board is authorized to review proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism (as well as the implementation of new and existing policies and legal authorities), in order to advise the President and executive branch agencies on ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in their development and implementation.

The primary purpose of this position is to assist Board Members and staff with researching questions of law and policy, helping to develop and analyze facts, and drafting legal and policy memoranda on mission-related issues.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
• Serve as legal and/or policy researcher under supervision;

• Prepare memoranda on legal and policy issues;

• Respond in writing and orally to inquiries from the Chairman, Board Members, and Board staff;

• Assist the Board by conducting legal and policy research, checking legal citations, and reviewing and analyzing arguments and information;

• Assist the Board in reviewing and analyzing federal counterterrorism programs to ensure that both existing and proposed programs adequately safeguard privacy and civil liberties;

• Advise and assist in the identification of issues and recommendations by providing legal advice, conducting research, and carrying out investigations, as required; and

• Analyze issues related to privacy and civil liberties, national security, and counterterrorism.

Educational Requirements
College degree, along with current law- or graduate-student status.

Application Process
Please send the following required documents to with the title “Summer Fellow”.

Cover letter, resume, college and law school transcript, and writing sample (10 pages or less). Address cover letter to Human Resources Specialist. Your cover letter or CV should prominently list any current security clearance you hold. You must submit all required information. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and a writing assessment.

Closing Date:
A panel will convene to evaluate applications on a rolling basis until April 1, 2019. A review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated. Candidates will be placed into categories of “best qualified,” “qualified,” and “not qualified.” Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your categorization.

No Travel Expenses for Interviews
Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone, teleconference, or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant’s personal expense.

Transportation Benefit
If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our budget office can provide additional information on how this program is run.