Federal Trade Commission

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Federal Trade Commission 
Protection; Bureau of Consumer Protection; Division of Privacy and Identity


Washington, District of Columbia

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Oliver Hsu '19, Jack Lohmann '19

Organization Description
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a unique dual mission to protect consumers and promote competition in broad sectors of the economy. On the consumer protection side of its mission, the FTC stops unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent practices in the marketplace. The FTC's work in this area includes conducting investigations and bringing law enforcement actions against companies and individual's that violate the law. The FTC also develops rules to ensure a vibrant marketplace, and educates consumers and businesses about their rights and responsibilities.

For the summer of 2018, the PICS intern will be co-hosted by the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection and Office of Technology Research and Investigations (OTECH).  DPIP is the nation’s foremost privacy and data security consumer protection authority.  This group of approximately 50 attorneys investigates and brings lawsuits against companies for the misuse or mishandling of consumers’ information, whether through improperly sharing consumers’ sensitive data or by allowing third-parties to access that information.  OTECH is staffed with technologists and policy experts who coordinate with third-party researchers and advise FTC leadership about the implications on consumer protection of cutting edge technology.

Internship Description
For the summer of 2018, the intern will be expected to work with technologists in OTECH and attorneys in DPIP.  The goal will be to engage in an interdisciplinary project across OTECH and DPIP with a pre-determined deliverable.  The scope and outcome of the project is flexible, and can be determine by the intern in consultation with the FTC PICS supervisor.

Internship Qualifications


  • Strong interest in technology policy


  • Research and writing
  • Computer Science

Expected Start Time
9:00 am, approximately

Expected End Time
5:30 pm, approximately

Required Dates
Summer 2018

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Student is responsible for finding his or her own housing. There are plenty of apartments to sublet for the summer as well as some dorm accommodations at the nearby universities in DC area.

Completion of voluntary student work packet.

US citizenship is required.

Evaluation Excerpt

The agency’s work had a strong emphasis on consumer protection and serving consumer interests. Educationally, I learned a lot about how the government works and the process of consumer protection in government-business relationships. I also learned more about myself and my intended career trajectory, as I am now more seriously considering law school.
—Oliver Hsu '19

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program