U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of General Counsel

With over 400 attorneys nationwide located in nine headquarters offices and ten regional offices, the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) provides a full range of legal services to HHS, which is the federal government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and for providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.  Our work presents complex and challenging social, economic, scientific, ethical and legal issues, which affect the lives of virtually all Americans.

OGC-Region V, an area that encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, provides advice and representation to the Secretary of HHS and to the component agencies of the Department, primarily the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Medicare and Medicaid programs, with a special initiative on enforcement of health and safety standards in nursing homes), the Administration for Children and Families (Head Start, foster care and adoption assistance programs, welfare reform), the Indian Health Service (Native American health services through federal and tribal programs), the Health Resources and Services Administration (health clinics, migrant health), the Office of Public Health and Science (women’s and minority health, public health preparedness), and the Office for Civil Rights (enforcing civil rights laws among recipients of HHS funds, including placement of disabled persons in the “most integrated” setting, investigating racial health disparities, examining child welfare issues, and providing services to persons with limited English proficiency).  The legal services that we provide involve both the administration of the Department’s myriad programs and internal matters, such as labor and employment disputes, and ethics matters.

Interns will work with a number of attorneys in OGC-Region V on a variety of issues and programs, most probably including administrative or court-conducted litigation involving regulated health care providers and suppliers of services.  PILI Interns may also have an opportunity to work on advice matters for any of our clients, and on government grant and contract issues involving agencies such as the Administration for Children and Families and the Indian Health Service. PILI Interns will have a mentor and will work closely with the OGC attorneys from whom they receive assignments.  Interns may also be able to attend strategy sessions and meetings with program clients, and oral arguments or administrative hearings in the Chicago area.

The Internships will last ten weeks; start and end dates are negotiable.  We accept applications from 2L and 1L students. When applying through the PILI website, please submit your resume and a cover letter with your expression of interest in the agency. We also request a legal writing sample of approximately ten pages, and your law school transcript (if available). Save these with your cover letter as one pdf file to upload through PILI’s application system.

Please note that while Interns at HHS use PILI’s online application system and are eligible to attend all PILI programming throughout the summer, HHS Interns are not eligible to receive PILI funding.