Job Description

Job Summary

About the Agency

WHO IS THE IRS OFFICE OF CHIEF COUNSEL? The Office of Chief Counsel is the largest tax law firm in the country. The Office of Chief Counsel serve America’s taxpayers fairly and with integrity by providing correct and impartial interpretation of the internal revenue laws and the highest quality legal advice and representation for the Internal Revenue Service. Consider working for Chief Counsel. We are as interested in your career as you are!

WHAT DOES A LEGAL ASSISTANT (OA) INTERN DO? As a Legal Assistant student intern in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, you will gain experience with the largest government law firm while you attend college. You will provide clerical support to the legal staff preparing and assembling documents, maintaining legal files and documents, receiving incoming correspondence, reviewing outgoing correspondence, making travel arrangements, arranging appointments and conferences, receiving telephone calls and visitors and other challenging work.

Would you like to help serve fellow Americans while being exposed to the work of a Federal Career, including experience with solid work assignments that will help you grow professionally through training and mentorship? If your answer is YES, the IRS Office of Chief Counsel Pathways Internship Program is for you! This exciting new program offers students with paid internship opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. You will be provided meaningful developmental work at the beginning of your career.

Following the completion of educational requirements, you may be considered for non-competitive conversion to a career-conditional or term appointment. In order to be converted, you must have completed educational requirements and work requirements (640 hours prior to graduation, unless you meet one of the exceptions specified on the OPM Intern Program information page).

If you are converted after completion of internship, you will be placed into a Legal Assistant position which has promotion potential to the GS-06 level upon meeting time-in-grade requirements and demonstrating possession of the required competencies.

For additional information regarding the Pathways Program, please refer to the following website:


The following are the duties of this position at the GS-05. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Preparing and assembling documents;
  • Maintaining legal files and documents;
  • Receiving/Reviewing incoming and outgoing correspondence;
  • Utilizing software programs such as Microsoft Access, Microsoft Outlook, WORD, EXCEL, and PowerPoint in preparing correspondence.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No