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Legal Intern Program

Last Updated: November 3, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if my application is being considered?
You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through USAJOBS by signing in and selecting "Application Status."

I live far from Washington. Do you reimburse for travel to Washington if I am interviewed?
No. Students who are too far from Washington to travel may be interviewed by telephone.

When will you make offers to successful applicants?
We can make offers any time.

Do you pay relocation expenses?
The FDIC does not pay for any relocation costs for interns.

What is the salary for an intern?
Salary information is posted in the vacancy announcement.

How are offers made?
"Tentative" offers are made by email. Upon a favorable suitability clearance, a formal job offer with proposed grade, salary and start date will be issued. Note that the suitability clearance process takes a minimum of two weeks.

How long will I be appointed for?
Typically, appointments are for one year. In some instances, there will be “summer” appointments. The length of the appointment will be posted in the vacancy announcement.

Does the FDIC hire Pathways interns at its locations outside Washington DC?
Yes, at some of them. Each regional legal office makes its own determination whether to hire pathways interns. If an office decides to hire, it will post vacancy announcements at: The application process for the regional offices is independent of the process for the Headquarters program. The Legal Division has offices in Boston, MA; New York City, NY; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Dallas, TX; and San Francisco, CA.

If you don’t see the answer to your question here, please email the Pathways coordinators at