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Career Opportunities


Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

We recognize and appreciate the need for attorneys of varied backgrounds and skills, and offer an inclusive environment that relies on diverse perspectives to ensure we effectively serve the American people. Whether you are a law student or a seasoned attorney, there are opportunities for you at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Current Vacancies

Current Attorney Vacancies

Current Legal and Administrative Support Vacancies

Vacancies will be posted here as they become available.

Legal Volunteer Internship Opportunities

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning March 8, 2022

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Office of the General Counsel is soliciting applications for student volunteer internship positions. Interns gain valuable legal experience and insight into the role and mission of a general counsel in a federal government agency. These positions are volunteer (without compensation) but may be used for school credit.


One graduate or undergraduate (current junior or senior) and multiple law student intern/externs (current 1L, 2L, 3L)


Washington, D.C. (For any period of time during which COVID-related guidance does not permit in-person work, then remote work will be available.)


Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and/or Spring 2023

What We Do

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is responsible for government-wide policies, oversight, and programs supporting more than 5 million Federal employees, annuitants, survivors, and family members. OPM directs a variety of human resources services and products, oversees a merit-based and inclusive hiring process, administers retirement benefits, manages healthcare and insurance programs, and provides a variety of vetting services such as suitability determinations.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) supports OPM’s mission by providing legal services related to staffing, equal employment opportunity, adverse and performance-based actions, grievance and arbitration, suitability and security, reductions in force, labor relations, collective bargaining, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act appeals, and representing OPM in administrative and Federal litigation. OGC also handles issues related to Federal compensation, leave, retirement, health benefits, life insurance, ethics, debt collection, torts, procurement matters, fiscal law, Combined Federal Campaign, Senior Executive Service and Hatch Act regulations. Matters may involve administrative law, government contracts, employee benefits and tax law, and intellectual property.

Working in OGC as an intern or extern provides an exceptional legal experience and valuable exposure to OPM’s government-wide responsibilities. Opportunities may also exist to gain exposure to, and work on projects for, other OPM offices.

What We’re Seeking

OPM OGC is available to participate as an employer site for work experiences as part of a course of study for academic credit. These programs have varying titles, such as externship programs or internship seminars, and award students academic credit hours for workplace experience.

All student positions in OPM OGC are unpaid and no benefits are available. Students are responsible for coordinating course credit with their education institution prior to beginning any internship or externship.


Duties may include: assisting attorneys with legal research, drafting memoranda of law and legal motions, assisting with discovery requests, and commenting on regulations, and as appropriate, accompanying attorneys to trial hearings and observing Congressional hearings.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit the following documents via email to The subject line must use the following format: last name, first name, and the semester(s) in which you wish to work (for example, 2022 Summer). You must include the following attachments with your email (pdf format is preferred):

  1. a cover letter providing information about the academic credit program in which you are participating; dates/hours available; and why you want to work at OPM OGC;
  2. resume;
  3. transcript of your courses and grades (unofficial copy is acceptable);
  4. contact information for two references;
  5. a 2-10 page writing sample; and
  6. supporting information about your academic credit program, including any forms that OPM OGC would need to complete.

Note: Paper applications will not be accepted.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted, and offers made, on a rolling basis beginning March 8, 2022.

What To Expect Next

OGC staff will evaluate your application on the basis of your academic record; research, writing, and analytical skills; ability to work independently; and experience/interest in OPM’s work. If additional information is needed you will be contacted. Additionally, if OGC would like to schedule an interview, you will be contacted.

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