Summer Paralegal Intern Program (Unpaid)

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U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
1155 21st Street, N.W.
Washington, DC
Posted: March 23 2016
Application Deadline: No Deadline
Position: 5 Full-time, Unpaid

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The Division of Enforcement investigates and prosecutes alleged violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations. For example, the Division brings enforcement actions against: individuals and firms registered with the Commission; those who violate these laws in connection with their trading commodity futures and options on designated domestic exchanges; those who improperly market futures and options contracts to retail investors or perpetrate Ponzi schemes; those who use manipulative or deceptive schemes in connection with commodities, futures or swaps; and those who engage in disruptive trading practices. The Division bases investigations on information it develops independently, as well as information provided by other Commission Divisions, industry self-regulatory associations, state, federal, and international authorities, and members of the public. At the conclusion of an investigation, the Division may recommend that the Commission initiate administrative proceedings or seek injunctive and ancillary relief on behalf of the Commission in United States District Courts around the country.

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is seeking a criminal law paralegal for its Enforcement Division. This opportunity will provide the successful candidates with real work experience similar to, and exceeding that of a criminal law firm, or a District Attorney's office. The program is designed to provide students currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution (or certification program) with opportunities to work and gain the knowledge and experiences necessary to be competitive in today’s workforce. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend Industry/Legal/Technical Training Programs alongside CFTC staff on such topics as futures trading, electronic markets, swaps, energy derivatives, international futures markets and regulation, forex, and trade practices.


The Division of Enforcement selects candidates each semester to work as unpaid interns in the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Commission. Participants will provide paralegal support for the Division from twelve (12) to forty (40) hours per week during a flexible schedule. Interns may arrange to earn course credit through their college (or certification program) for work performed during their CFTC internship.

Candidates will:
• Handle cases that are internal investigations
• Analyze claims, ascertain basic facts and summarize essential information for attorneys on investigative teams

Candidates must:
• Be detailed-oriented and highly proficient with MS Office
• Have the ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment
• Perform legal and factual research
• Identify relevant judicial decisions, statutes, legal articles, codes and other pertinent materials
• Organize and analyze information, prepare written reports and draft legal documents including briefs, pleadings, appeals, agreements, contracts and legal memoranda.
• Have a desire and willingness to learn


Candidates must have excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and writing skills. Candidates must have a team-oriented mindset and strong work ethic; an interest in the legal field as demonstrated through undergraduate coursework, extracurricular activities, or jobs and internships.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens. Although Interns are not employees of the CFTC, they are required to abide by the rules of the Commission’s Code of Conduct pertaining to, among other things, futures transactions, conflicts of interest, and the confidential nature of information obtained in their work at the CFTC.

How to Apply

Application materials may be sent via email to Brent Cantley at There are frequent opportunities to serve as a paralegal intern with the Enforcement Division. Please submit the following documents (pdf only) in your application package at your earliest convenience:

• Cover letter
• Resume
• Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) school transcript/s (unofficial transcript is acceptable).

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