Fall Legal Intern 2016

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POST DATE 9/17/2016
END DATE 10/17/2016

Natural Resources Defense Council Washington, DC

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals to fight for the planet and its people in the halls of Congress, communities across the country, and nations around the globe. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff - a force for nature - work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

NRDC is seeking a legal intern to work with the Litigation Team in our Washington, D.C. office. The Litigation Team (which also has branches in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco) is a group of seventeen lawyers and four Litigation Assistants who pursue litigation across a broad range of environmental issues, such as preventing global warming, protecting public health, promoting environmental justice, curbing air and water pollution, preserving wildlife and wild places, and protecting marine mammals. In recent years, the Litigation Team has brought cases to safeguard the people of Flint, Michigan from continued exposure to lead in drinking water; remediate toxic pollution in the Penobscot River; abate mold in New York City public housing for residents with asthma; and protect the residents of Dickson, Tennessee, from TCE in groundwater and their homes.

The legal intern hired for this position will do legal research and writing to support litigation and policy advocacy, in collaboration with and under the supervision of NRDC lawyers. NRDC's D.C.-based lawyers work on a range of issues. Specific assignments depend on those lawyers' immediate priorities and needs. Candidates should expect to work with several lawyers, who will work together to coordinate assignments and making sure that the intern gets interesting, challenging, and varied work and timely feedback.


You should be in your second or third year of a J.D. program, or in an advanced legal degree (such as an L.L.M.) program. You should have a strong academic record; well-developed writing, research, and interpersonal skills; and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public service work or environmental and public health issues.

The ideal candidate would be eligible for academic credit in conjunction with the internship, and would be available to work two full business days a week over the course of the fall academic term (beginning in September and ending before fall exams) in NRDC's Washington, D.C. office (located at 1152 15th Street NW). Full-time interns are welcome. Candidates who are available to work in NRDC's office on a different schedule may also apply, so long as they are available to work for a minimum of 15 hours per week. We will work with interns to help them claim any available academic credit. A small transit stipend may be available.


NRDC is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, NRDC:

* hires staff that reflects a full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities;

* creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;

* ensures that all members of the NRDC community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by environmental inequities

All applications for 2016 Fall Legal Internship position can now be submitted online at www.nrdc.org/jobs . Please create a profile and you will need to electronically submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and 3 references. Your cover letter should indicate the hours you will be available to work and whether you will be seeking academic credit. No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803-9663.

For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org