Job Overview


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

Intern NTE appointments are made on a temporary basis not to exceed 1 year from the time of the initial appointment to complete temporary projects perform labor-intensive tasks not requiring subject-matter expertise, or to fill traditional summer jobs. Appointments may be extended in 1 year increments up to the established caps. Intern NTEs may be converted to a term, career, or career-conditional appointment non-competitively if requirements are met.

Who May Apply:

  • U.S. citizens who are currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a full or half-time basis as a degree seeking student.  

For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here .

Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA). 

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Salary: The salary range indicated in this announcement will be adjusted to include locality payment for selected duty location. General Schedule locality pay tables may be found under Salaries & Wages, .

Note: This announcement will be used to fill vacancies within the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) Field Offices.  Although the announcement is advertised for multiple locations, it is not intended to convey any implication that these positions are vacant and will be filled at all locations. In some cases, advertised duty locations will not have a vacancy during the open period of this announcement. The selecting official will make the final decision on the duty location selectee(s) will be assigned. 


As an Intern (Legal Assistant) assigned to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), you will be responsible for performing a wide variety of support activities for a staff of attorneys involved in Immigration litigation and other law related activities. Specifically, you will:

  • Perform a variety of complex support for a staff of attorneys involved in immigration law practices and court proceedings. 
  • Provide data gathering and analysis support for a variety of legal processes. 
  • Operate word-processing software and computer hardware to produce, store, and retrieve drafts of a variety of documentations types.
  • Provide general support to attorneys in all areas of docket management or motion and appeal preparation. 
  • Assist attorneys in preparing relevant documents for use in court proceedings.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No
  • Additional Duty Location Info

    43 vacancies in the following locations

    • Eloy, AZ
    • Florence, AZ
    • Phoenix, AZ
    • Adelanto, CA
    • El Centro, CA
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • San Diego, CA
    • San Francisco, CA
    • Denver, CO
    • Washington DC, DC
    • Miami, FL
    • Orlando, FL
    • Atlanta, GA
    • Lumpkin, GA
    • Honolulu, HI
    • Chicago, IL
    • New Orleans, LA
    • Boston, MA
    • Baltimore, MD
    • Detroit, MI
    • Bloomington, MN
    • Elizabeth, NJ
    • Newark, NJ
    • Batavia, NY
    • Buffalo, NY
    • Castle Point, NY
    • New York, NY
    • Philadelphia, PA
    • York, PA
    • San Juan, PR
    • Dallas, TX
    • El Paso, TX
    • Houston, TX
    • Huntsville, TX
    • Pearsall, TX
    • Port Isabel, TX
    • San Antonio, TX
    • Arlington, VA
    • Seattle, WA
    • Tacoma, WA