The Office of the General Counsel of the Social Security Administration (OGC) is pleased to
announce that it is accepting applications for the Chicago Regional Chief Counsel’s Office 2019
Summer Law Internship Program. The internship program will run ten weeks from Tuesday,
May 28, 2019, through Friday, August 2, 2019.
The Chicago Regional Office, located in Chicago’s Loop, represents and advises the Social
Security Administration on a broad variety of legal matters, including administration of the
agency’s disability benefits programs, personnel and employment disputes, and civil rights
matters. Attorneys represent the agency in federal district and appellate courts as well as before
administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Merit
Systems Protection Board. The staff of approximately 70 attorneys offers a collegial
environment in which experienced attorneys are eager to share their expertise.
Summer interns will assist in challenging legal work, such as drafting summary judgment
motions in federal district court, drafting legal opinions that are binding on the agency’s
employees, and drafting pleadings in bankruptcy court. The interns also will have the
opportunity to visit and interact with our internal and external partners, such as SSA’s Office of
Hearings Operations, which conducts disability hearings, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which
handles the prosecution of Social Security fraud. The interns also typically observe our
attorneys’ appellate oral arguments at the Seventh Circuit, as well as their district court
telephonic arguments. We provide feedback throughout the summer in order to improve the
interns’ writing and legal skills.
The program is open to students who will have completed their first or second year this spring.
The intern positions are unpaid, but our office will work with sponsoring schools that grant
academic credit or stipends for internships. Students with strong writing skills and an interest in
litigation and public service are encouraged to apply. Interested students should email a cover
letter, resume, writing sample, and law school transcript to
CH.IL.OGC.Summer.Internship@ssa.gov. Applications will be accepted until March 31st, but
candidates will be selected on a rolling basis. Questions about the program may be directed to
Linda Januszyk at Linda.Januszyk@ssa.gov, or by phone at (877) 800-7578, extension 19162.