Legal Intern

Open Until Filled.

To apply for this position, complete the application: here

Under the direction of the Chief Assistant Inspector General, legal interns will assist OIG attorneys in a wide range of legal projects related to OIG administrative and criminal investigations, audit and program reviews, and other special projects. Interns will perform legal research and draft legal memoranda.  Interns will gain substantive legal experience in the areas of internal investigations, labor and employment law, criminal law and procedure, governmental oversight, governmental ethics, and compliance.

This posting seeks a legal intern to work at OIG during the winter and/or spring of 2022-2023.  Start dates are flexible.  A separate posting at a later date will seek an intern to work at OIG during the summer of 2023.

DUTIES:

  • Collaborates with all sections of the Office to provide legal support, advice, and direction for investigations, performance audits, program reviews, evaluations, inspections, inquiries, and compliance activities.
  • Assists in drafting memoranda, reports, advisories, and notifications detailing findings and recommendations arising from formal inquiries of the OIG for transmission to the Mayor’s Office, Corporation Counsel, City Council, department heads, other affected entities and the public.
  • Performs legal research into and provides legal advice on local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, regulations and policies relative to the intake of complaints and assigned matters.
  • Assists or observes other duties related to OIG’s administrative and criminal investigations, as well as OIG’s audits and public safety oversight work, which may include attending interviews, performing document review and analysis, and collaborating with City or outside agencies, including law enforcement agencies.
  • Performs related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Must have completed the first year of study towards a J.D. degree at an ABA-accredited law school by the time the internship starts.  Internships must be completed for law school course credit.  Must be able to abide by OIG’s Confidentiality policies.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Interest in the work of the Office of Inspector General, including government oversight and complex administrative investigations.
  • Completion of some coursework in administrative law, labor law, criminal law, evidence, constitutional law, and/or civil or criminal procedure.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, monitor, and execute competing assignments, and control deadlines.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and initiative on assigned tasks.
  • Consciousness of diversity, inclusion, and equity challenges across communities, including for under-serviced and under-represented communities in the City of Chicago and commitment to address those challenges and positively contribute to OIG’s internal culture of inclusion, respect, and community.
  • Capability to collaborate with colleagues from a wide array of technical and professional disciplines and backgrounds in and across all the office’s sections.

ANNUAL SALARY: Unpaid.  Internships must be completed for law school course credit.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: Employees must be a resident of the City of Chicago and proof of residency is required at the commencement of employment, per Section 2-152-340 of the Municipal Code of Chicago.

TRAVEL AND SCHEDULE: Travel outside Chicago is not required. Standard work hours are 8:30am-4:30pm, flexibility permitted.

KNOWLEDGE SKILL AND ESSAY REQUIREMENT: A passing score on a knowledge skill test(s) and/or essay may be required. 

Employee Vaccination Requirement: City of Chicago employees must, as a condition of employment, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 effective October 15, 2021. This Policy applies to all City employees. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable City processes. For more information on the vaccine policy please visit: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dhr/supp_info/city-of-chicago-employee-vaccination-policy.html

OWING OF CITY DEBT: Municipal Code of Chicago 2-152-150 prohibits the hiring of anyone who owes any debt to the City of Chicago.

INSTRUCTIONS: To apply for this job title do NOT use the City of Chicago online application.

Complete, the “Inspector General Employment Application,” by clicking here;

WE VALUE DIVERSITY

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is an equal opportunity employer.

OIG is an inclusive organization that hires and develops all its staff of all levels regardless of race, religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, marital or parental status, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, age, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law.

OIG strives to create the kind of workplace where a socially diverse mix of people can thrive professionally. We pride ourselves in meeting our legal charge to promote economy, effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity in government. Through the hard work of our passionate and innovative team, OIG aims to serve every community with equity, respect, and dignity.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation due to disability or pregnancy to participate in the application process, please contact the OIG’s Supervisor of Personnel Administration Keyla Vazquez at kvazquez@igchicago.org. Please be prepared to provide information in support of your reasonable accommodation request.

NOTE: APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE INDIVIDUAL APPLYING. NO SECOND PARTY APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  THE INSPECTOR GENERAL’S OFFICE REQUIRES THAT ITS EMPLOYEES BE NONPARTISAN AND FREE FROM CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.

THE CITY OF CHICAGO IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND MILITARY FRIENDLY EMPLOYER

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. The City of Chicago does not participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System). In addition, employment at the Office of Inspector General is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check.