Washington, D.C.

D.C. Capitol BuildingLaw & Public Policy I is an immersive seven week summer experience living and working in Washington, D.C. While in D.C., Scholars spend their days in approved internships and their nights and weekends attending classes and leadership seminars. They receive career guidance from Professor Knauer and are paired with an alumni mentor who can offer advice and a point of contact in the D.C. legal community. Each Scholar produces a white paper on an issue of national significance and learns how to present it for academic and public discussion.

Coursework is centered on Institutional Decision-making, a 3 credit course taught by Professor Nancy Knauer in which Scholars learn how policy is created and implemented at the national level.


Law & Public Policy Scholars have worked for a broad range of government agencies, Congressional offices and committees, non-profit advocacy organizations, think tanks, and private firms. Some Scholars have held more than one internship during their DC summer.  Many of the internships are very selective. Temple’s alumni network in DC has been instrumental in facilitating quite a few of the internship opportunities. We are especially proud of the number of placements that have requested our students for multiple years.

As part of their leadership training, Law & Public Policy Scholars are encouraged to pursue additional internships after their DC summer. For some students, these additional internships will include their 2L summer. For others, they will involve working at an internship during the academic year. Some Scholars have taken an entire semester in DC or commuted to DC during the semester.

Listed below are the summer internships secured by Law & Public Policy Scholars since the Program began in 2012 and the upper-level internships they pursued after spending the summer in Washington, DC.

  • AEquitas, The Prosecutor’s Resources on Violence Against Women (2012 – 2015)
  • Armenian Assembly in America (2012)
  • Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) (2014 – 2015)
  • Child Care Aware of America (2014)
  • DC Lottery & Charitable Games Control Board (2012 – 2013)
  • D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings (2012)
  • DNC, Voter Protection Institute (2012)
  • Doyle, Barlow & Mazzard (antitrust and trade regulation) (2012 – 2015)
  • Environment America (2013)
  • Federal Communication Commission, Office of Administrative Judges (2013)
  • Federal Communications Commission, Office of Commissioner Michael O’Rielly (2014)
  • Federal Judicial Center, Division of Research (2013)
  • Federal Trade Commission, Division of Marketing Practices (2013 – 2014)
  • The Federal Practice Group (2015)
  • Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection (2013)
  • Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (2014 – 2015)
  • Internet2 (2013 – 2015)
  • Law Offices of Irena I. Kapinski (Immigration) (2012 – 2014)
  • National Abortion Federation (2015)
  • National Alliance for Fair Housing, Federal Public Policy and Communications (2012 – 2014)
  • National Association of Wheat Growers, International & Legislative Affairs (2012)
  • National Council of State Legislatures (2012)
  • National Rural Water Association (2012)
  • O’Donnell, Schwartz & Anderson (Labor) (2012)
  • Office of Congressman Robert Brady (2015)
  • Office of Congressman Fattah (2014)
  • Office of Senator Casey (2014)
  • Office of Senator Toomey (2012 – 2013)
  • Public Defender Service of Washington D.C., Criminal Trial Practice (2013)
  • Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) (2014)
  • SAGE, Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders (2012)
  • Small Business Administration, General Counsel’s Office (2012)
  • Small Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Division (2013 – 2014)
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information
  • Agency, Public Computing Centers and Sustainable Broadband Adoption (2012)
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section (2013)
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Section (2015)
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Branch, Aviation and Admiralty Section (2014 – 2015)
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of Enforcement Operations (2014)
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Community Relations Service (2014)
  • U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (2012)
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of General Counsel (2012 – 2013)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (2015)
  • U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee (2012)
  • U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division (2012)
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporate Finance (2015)
  • U.S. Small Business Association, Office of General Counsel (2012)
  • U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps (2013)

  • Accounting Asia/Accounting Asia, International Tax, Corporate Governance, and Immigration for Professionals Research Intern, Tokyo, Japan/San Francisco, CA
  • Astor Weiss, Philadelphia, PA
  • Dechert LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • Drinker, Biddle Reath, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • Federal Communications Commission, General Counsel’s Office, Washington, DC
  • Federal Judicial Center, Division of Research, Washington, DC
  • Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C. – full semester
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC), McCleary Law Fellow, Washington, DC – full semester
  • Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, Project Officer, Water Program, Washington, DC – full semester
  • International Law Institute – African Centre for Legal Excellence, Kampala, Uganda
  • International Organization for Migration (Geneva) and ABA (Paris), Philadelphia, PA
  • Law and Advocacy for Women in Uganda (LAW-Uganda), Kampala, Uganda
  • Law Clerk, Hon. C. Darnell Jones II, U.S. District Courts, E.D. PA, Philadelphia, PA
  • Law Clerk, Hon. M. Rendell, 3d Circuit, Philadelphia, PA
  • Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
  • Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mercury Consulting, Philadelphia, PA
  • Merit System Protection Board, Philadelphia, PA
  • Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius, Philadelphia, PA
  • National Center for Transgender Equality, Washington, DC
  • New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, Trenton, NJ
  • NEXUS Institute, Washington DC – full semester
  • O’Donnell, Schwartz & Anderson, Washington, DC
  • Pepper, Hamilton, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
  • Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Philadelphia, PA
  • Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • Philadelphia Public Defender’s Office
  • Prickett Jones & Elliott, Wilmington, DE
  • Public Health Management Corporation, Policy Fellow, Philadelphia, PA
  • U.N. University, Center for Policy Research, Tokyo, Japan
  • U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Washington, DC
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia, PA
  • U.S. Department of Defense, Office of General Counsel, Washington, DC – full semester
  • U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, Philadelphia, PA
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of General Counsel, Washington, DC
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Branch, Aviation and Admiralty Section
  • U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Office of General Counsel, Washington, DC – full semester
  • U.S. Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington, DC  – full semester
  • Whitman-Walker Health, Washington, DC

Policy Papers

The white paper or policy paper is a core feature of the Law & Public Policy Program. Law & Public Policy Scholars are required to write a paper on a point of policy of their choosing. Most students select a point of policy that is related to their internship. The paper sets forth the current law, reasons for change, and a policy proposal. The only requirement is that the proposal must call for either legislative or regulatory reform – simply taking a case to court is not an answer. The students have chosen to write about a wide variety of subjects. The following lists the topics of the policy papers written by the members of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 classes of Law & Public Policy Scholars.

Combating Campus Sexual Assault

Coming Out Against Conversion Therapy: Legal Responses to the Solution Without a Problem

Common Cause: Linking LGBT Liberation & Reproductive Justice to Achieve Global Human Rights

Disparate Impact and the Fair Housing Act

Moving from an Enforcement Model to a Compliance Model Under the Fair Housing Act

Can You Hear Me Now? Prosecutorial Use of Cell Site Data in Modern Criminal Prosecution

Criminalization of Mental Illness Punishment Profiteers: Mass Incarceration, Prison Privatization, and Our Growing Corrections Economy

Human Trafficking in the US: Reforming the Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act to Prevent the Revictimization of Foreign Nationals

Recidivism Reduction: Closing the Revolving Prison Door Through Sentencing Reform, Increased Judicial Discretion in Sentencing and Parole, and Merit-Based Prison Programming

Proposed Amendments to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act: Strengthening Sanctions and Enhancing Victim Resources

Trafficking Victims Protection Act: Rethinking Enforcement

Pennies for Progress: A Fiscal Approach to Education Reform

EPA Regulation of Perchlorate Content in Drinking Water under the Safe Drinking Water Act

An Overview of Sustainability in 21st Century Agriculture

The Oil Pollution Act and the Clean Waters Act

Two if by Sea: The Solution to Marine Pollution Requires More Problem-Solving

A Commitment to Openness: An Analysis of CFIUS Regulation in the 21st Century

Financial Regulation, the Volcker Rule and an Appropriate Governmental Response to Financial Risk

How Public-Private Partnerships Can Solve the American Transportation Infrastructure Crisis

Government Bake Sales and Welfare Sponsorships: Public-Private Partnerships in the Modern Economy

The JOBS Act and SEC Rulemaking

Simple Economics and Why Social Security is Running Dry

Regulating High Frequency Trading in the Securities Marketplace

Reviving Postal Banking: Utility Finance for the Contemporary American Citizen

Food Equity: Where You Live is What You Eat

Pennsylvania’s Children:  An Examination of the Law Guiding Nutrition in Child Care Facilities and the Barriers to Setting Healthier Standards

The Arizona Immigration Act: Designing a Federal Response to the Issues

The Immigration and Nationality Act: Revising the “Adjustment to Status” Rules for Visas

Immigration Reform: Encouraging Legal Immigration

A Market-Based Approach to Temporary Work Visas

Foreign Cultural Exchange on Trial: Closing the Gap Between the Immunity from Seizure Act and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

Global Water Conflict:  Encouraging International Grassroots Support for the UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses

The Intersection of Domestic Violence and International Child Abduction

U.S. Recognition of the Armenian Genocide

Family Leave and Low Income Workers

Rethinking Labor Law: Protecting a ‘Right to Organize’ under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act

Revisiting the FMLA: Promoting Work/Life Balance for All Workers

Sexual Assault in the Military

Veterans’ Claims and Medical Malpractice Awards

The War at Home: Combating Domestic Violence in Military Families

Creating a Coherent Regulatory Framework for Laboratory-Developed Tests

How to Avoid a Market Failure in the Case of an HIV Vaccine

Connected Cities:  A Comparison of Citywide Efforts to Increase Broadband Adoption and Broadband Speeds   

The Digital Divide:  Free Speech, the Free Flow of Ideas, and Democracy

How Are We Supposed to Regulate the Internet?: The Means and Rationales of the Forms of the United States’ Two Potential Regulatory Regimes

In Support of a Modified Marketplace Fairness Act

National Security and Metadata

An Internet User’s Bill of Rights

Net Neutrality: The Great Distraction

Re-examining the Sherman Act after the E-Books Litigation

The USA Freedom Act

Voter Protection and Disenfranchisement

State Voter ID Laws: The Need for Federal Regulation