About United States Department of Defense

Established by Congress in 1947, the Department of Defense (DOD) oversees U.S. national security. Headquartered at the Pentagon, it manages an annual budget of over $250 billion. The DOD is the nation's largest employer, with approximately 1.4 million men and women on active duty and about 718,000 civilian personnel.

Interns work in the Office of General Counsel, as well as in the acquisition and logistics, fiscal, Inspector General, international affairs and intelligence, legal counsel, legislative reference, standards of conduct, and personnel and health policy departments. The program includes training seminars, mentors and specially arranged tours of DOD departments (as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces, Senate Armed Services Committee's General Counsel and the Department of Justice).


Open to college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as grad students.

United States Department of Defense

  • Honors Legal Internship Program
  • United States Department of Defense
  • Office of General Counsel
  • The Pentagon Room 3E999
  • Washington, DC 20301-1155


  • Number of Interns: Less than 10
  • Compensation/Benefits: Paid, Varies
  • Duration: N/A
  • Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students


  • Washington, DC