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Student Externships
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Chicago District Office

The Chicago District of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has internship opportunities in its Alternative Dispute Resolution unit (mediation), its Enforcement unit (investigation) and its Legal unit (litigation). EEOC internships are unpaid; however, interns may receive academic credit for their services with approval from their school.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Interns in the ADR unit will assist EEOC staff and outside mediators. The EEOC offers free mediation services through its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) unit. ADR coordinates mediation services so that the parties to a charge of discrimination can meet with a mediator to resolve the charge. The ADR unit requires students to make a minimum of a 12-hour per week commitment. The intern will receive an overview of the work done by EEOC, observe mediation conferences conducted by mediators, call employers and charging parties about their interest in mediation, and co-mediate charges.

Positions Available: A limited number of internships are available with the ADR Units in the Chicago District Office and the Milwaukee and Minneapolis Area Offices.

For the Chicago District Office, interested students should e-mail or send a letter of interest and resume to Julie Bretz, ADR Coordinator, at EEOC, 500 W. Madison, Room 2800, Chicago, IL 60661 or julie.bretz@eeoc.gov.

For the Milwaukee Area Office, interested students should e-mail or send a letter of interest and resume to Julie Bretz at EEOC, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 800, Milwaukee, WI 53203, or julie.bretz@eeoc.gov.

For the Minneapolis Area Office, interested students should e-mail or send a letter of interest and resume to Ruby Jones at EEOC, 330 South Second Avenue, Suite 430, Minneapolis, MN 55401 or ruby.jones@eeoc.gov.

ENFORCEMENT

Interns in the Enforcement Unit will assist investigators in developing a variety of evidentiary materials related to charges of employment discrimination. This includes interviewing witnesses, reviewing documents, analyzing records, preparing mass mailings, doing research and summarizing data. The duties range from clerical assignments, including copying, filing and typing, to actively investigating charges of discrimination. Interns will analyze case files for compliance with federal employment discrimination laws. Interns will also conduct interviews of employers and of individuals who have filed employment discrimination complaints.

Positions Available: A limited number of internships are available with the Enforcement Units in the Chicago District Office and the Milwaukee and Minneapolis Area Offices.

To Apply: Contact one of the individuals listed below. Indicate whether you have any special skills such as speaking a language other than English, creating data bases or experience in statistical analysis. Each office has different expectations as to the amount of time required.

For the Chicago District Office, interested students should e-mail or send a letter of interest, resume, transcript, and brief writing sample to Ernestine Harris at EEOC, 500 W. Madison, Room 2800, Chicago, IL 60661 or ernestine.harris@eeoc.gov.

For the Milwaukee Area Office, mail or email a cover letter, resume and transcript to Aurora Cheong-Ojeda at EEOC, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 800, Milwaukee, WI 53203, or aurora.cheong-ojeda@eeoc.gov.

For the Minneapolis Area Office, mail or e-mail a cover letter, resume and transcript to Julie Schmid at EEOC, 330 South Second Avenue, Suite 430, Minneapolis, MN 55401 or julie.schmid@eeoc.gov.

LEGAL

Interns in the Legal Unit will work with Trial Attorneys engaged in litigation against employers for violations of Title VII, the ADEA and the ADA. This work will mostly be legal research and writing. Students may assist in interviewing claimants or witnesses, help prepare discovery responses based on those interviews, or help prepare claimants or witnesses for deposition. Occasionally, students may be asked to abstract depositions and develop fact responses for defending against motions for summary judgment. Students may also work with Administrative Judges hearing charges of discrimination brought by federal employees or with enforcement staff who are involved in investigating Charges of Discrimination.

In addition to the legal assignments, interns are given the opportunity to observe different aspects of agency functions. Depending on availability and schedules, students will sit it on intake interviews, mediation sessions, Administrative Hearings, court hearings on routine and contested matters, and, sometimes, trials. Students will also have ample opportunities to observe depositions. When possible, the students are encouraged to observe activities that build upon work they have performed. For example, if a student has provided research on a motion, they are encouraged to attend court when the motion is heard. If they have interviewed witnesses on a case, they are encouraged to then sit in on depositions related to that case.

Our District works to ensure that students are given a wide variety of work and the opportunity to interact with as many different attorneys and staff members as possible. Students are usually assigned a mentor, though the decision to make use of the mentor, or not, rests solely with the student.

Requirements: Semester interns are asked to provide at least 15 hours per week of work. Summer interns are asked for a total of 400 hours during the course of the summer. Candidates will be evaluated based on academic performance, demonstrated research and writing skills, and interest in furthering the mission of the agency.

Positions Available: 3-6 semester and 3-6 summer Internships with the Legal Unit of the Chicago District Office. A limited number of internships are available with the Legal Units in the Milwaukee and Minneapolis Area offices.

To Apply: Applications for Internships occurring during the school year may be made at any time in any of the offices.

For the Chicago District Office, mail or email a cover letter, resume, and transcript to Ethan Cohen at EEOC, 500 W. Madison, Room 2800, Chicago, IL 60661, or ethan.cohen@eeoc.gov. Applications for summer Internships in Chicago may be made at any time, but as offers are made on a rolling basis, applications should usually be made no later than February 15. The Chicago District Office encourages summer applicants to apply through the Midwest Public Interest Career Conference (see, http://mpilcc.uchicago.edu/ for details) or contact Ethan Cohen directly at the above addresses.

For the Milwaukee Area Office, mail or email a cover letter, resume and transcript to Jean Kamp at EEOC, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 800, Milwaukee, WI 53203, or jean.kamp@eeoc.gov. Applications for summer Internships in Milwaukee should be made no later than May 1st.

For the Minneapolis Area Office, mail or e-mail a cover letter, resume and transcript to Laurie Vasichek at EEOC, 330 South Second Avenue, Suite 430, Minneapolis, MN 55401 or laurie.vasichek@eeoc.gov. Applications for summer Internships in Minneapolis should be made no later than May 1st.

For more information, go to The EEOC Chicago District Office.