Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces

The DACIPAD is a DoD Federal Advisory Committee that advises the Secretary of Defense on the investigation, prosecution, and defense of allegations of rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault, and other sexual misconduct involving members of the Armed Forces. Our small staff of 10 lawyers and 3 paralegals will benefit from the intern's research, writing, and thinking on this important topic of sexual misconduct in the military. 


Arlington, VA

Internship Description

The DACIPAD's work is directed by Congress and the DoD General Counsel. Many projects are assigned with 90 day deadlines, so the specific assignment will not be known until next summer. However, our work involves research, writing reports, interviewing subject matter experts, and developing policy and legislative reforms to the DoD and Congress. Our 2021 summer intern researched restorative engagement programs in our allies' armed forces. Our 2021 fall intern is researching state sentencing guidelines. The intern will enhance their research and writing skills and develop an understanding of the military justice system and policy making in the Department of Defense. 

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
8 Flexible 9:00am  5:00pm  Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

The DACIPAD office is in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, VA (not the Pentagon building). The neighborhood is a vibrant, urban area with new high rise apartments, shops, and restaurants. The office is 2 blocks from the Ballson-MU Orange Line Metro stop.

Internship Qualifications

  • Excellent research, analysis, and writing skills. 

Additional qualifications:

  • A basic understanding of the military justice system would be helpful, but is not required. 

Writing Sample

  • Any 6-10 page essay or paper

Special Requirements 

  • Background Check
  • Citizenship Requirements
  • Drug Screening
  • Vaccinations