Suspension & Debarment Division Internship Program

GSA's Suspension & Debarment (S&D) Division operates an internship program that seeks law students for full-time summer and part-time Fall and Spring semester internships. This division handles Federal Government suspension and debarment cases, agency protests, and acquisition policy matters.

The S&D process protects the Federal Government from fraud, waste and abuse by using a number of tools to avoid doing business with non-responsible contractors. Suspension and debarment actions prevent companies and individuals from participating in Government contracts, subcontracts, loans, grants and other assistance programs. Suspension and debarment practices regarding procurement are governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) subpart 9.4.

Internship Program

Our interns will be fully integrated into the Suspension & Debarment Division’s workflow, including managing their own suspension and debarment cases. Suspension & Debarment Division interns receive mentoring from staff and are provided multiple opportunities to learn about government-wide suspension and debarment/contracting/procurement issues, meet other lawyers who work in procurement policy, and engage in networking opportunities throughout the course of the internship.

Qualifications

The Suspension & Debarment Division seeks individuals who are:

  • 1Ls in their Spring semester, 2Ls or 3Ls.
  • Interested in careers in acquisition policy, Government contracts law, or public service.

Interested Applicants & Timeline

Applicants should be available to work for at least 12 weeks. The internship may be taken for school credit at the intern’s discretion. Fall and Spring semester interns must be able to work 12-15 hours/week. Summer semester interns must be able to work 35-40 hours/week. This is an unpaid internship at this time, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens, and if selected will be required to undergo a background check.

Our hiring activities are generally done along the following timeline:

  • Fall semester and Summer applications are due by the third week of February.
  • Spring semester applications are due by the first week of October.

Interested applicants should email a cover page, resume, unofficial transcript (including current classes), and writing sample (limited to 5 pages) to sarah.drabkin@gsa.gov. Applicants should indicate which internship semester(s) they are applying for.

Applications will be reviewed and the most highly qualified applicants will be contacted to participate in an interview. Applicants will be notified if they are selected for an internship within one week of the date of their interview.

Last Reviewed: 2022-03-01