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still no job! need some ideas on where to apply in DC

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:46 pm
by shmoo597
It's late. Very late. I am aware of this.

I've applied to 23 different places in DC, mostly federal agencies, and so far have had 1 interview (with the SEC, more than 3 weeks ago, still have heard nothing). I've applied to about 8 of those 23 within the past week in a fit of panic after realizing that pretty much everything I applied to in early-mid January was not panning out.

My stats: 1L, top 2% at a T20 school. Decent softs, no work experience.

I am getting very worried. I guess I way overshot with where I was applying originally, and applied to places that were way too competitive (only took 2-4 interns, valued work experience, etc). I really only want to work in DC, but I'm not sure if I can afford to be picky at all at this point.

I'm using every connection I have, and have a few brighter prospects, but I am getting very discouraged. Does anyone have any ideas on where I can still apply? Where/who is still taking applications in DC? I am looking for ANYTHING - think tanks, government agencies, public interest, paid or unpaid, anything.

Thanks for the help!

Re: still no job! need some ideas on where to apply in DC

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:27 pm
by 270910
Outside of DC.

HTH.

Re: still no job! need some ideas on where to apply in DC

Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:57 pm
by democrattotheend
Here's one if you speak French or Spanish: --LinkRemoved--

Also, it looks like the DC regional office for the ACLU is still hiring interns, since they just posted this yesterday: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/J ... C17812x034

Here are a few more that seem to have been posted recently, although I don't know if it's too late or not:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/J ... C17812x034

Also, I am on a discussion group called the WIN List, and people periodically post job opportunities or post messages asking if anyone knows about job opportunities. WIN is also a great networking opportunity. It costs $35 to join, but if you are planning to be in DC for the summer, it's a good investment, because you find out about all kinds of events and networking opportunities.

Also, here's an internship in NY that looks interesting: --LinkRemoved--

The deadline for that is April 1.

Re: still no job! need some ideas on where to apply in DC

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:16 pm
by democrattotheend
Also, I just found this: http://www.findjustice.com/UserFiles/Fi ... 202010.pdf

It's a summer clerkship with a good plaintiff-side firm in DC. Not sure when they posted it or whether it is still available.

Re: still no job! need some ideas on where to apply in DC

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:51 pm
by steve_nash
At this point, I think you need to look in more places. DC is one of the most competitive places to get a job, and considering it's almost April, you should expand your job search.

Re: still no job! need some ideas on where to apply in DC

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:06 pm
by tingles
Look at the DC AG's office. They hire about 100 interns each summer - have a huge program. I interview with them; it was pretty causal, and you have secured the position if you get an interview. I chose to work elsewhere in DC, but it really does seem like a pretty good internship opportunity, and from what I've heard, they might still be looking for people.

Re: still no job! need some ideas on where to apply in DC

Posted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:53 pm
by thuggishruggishbone
I hate to say this-what about a legal clinic?

Re: still no job! need some ideas on where to apply in DC

Posted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:02 am
by vanwinkle
Talk to professors at your school about applying to be an RA. This economy is rough, just getting some kind of legal experience is what's important, and many RA positions pay decently and give you the chance to work with a really interesting professor for the summer.