Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

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US-CA-Santa Monica
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Litigation [103000]

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NRDC is a leading international nonprofit environmental organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. Our more than 2 million members and activists reside in each of the United States and in the District of Columbia. NRDC employs over 500 scientists, lawyers, economists, media specialists, policy analysts, and administrators in its eight offices, including in China. Within each of the organization’s program areas – air, water, oceans, public health, climate change, energy, public land, international, urban, and environmental justice – NRDC’s experts pursue cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated lobbying, scientific research, and broad-reaching public education. For over 45 years, NRDC has played a central role in crafting, implementing, enforcing, and defending virtually all of the nation’s environmental laws. 



  • Advocating for laws in California and Maryland regulating the use of antibiotics in livestock production
  • Advancing clean energy and climate change projects in India
  • Safeguarding the people of Flint, Michigan from continued exposure to lead in drinking water
  • Challenging the illegal withdrawal of a federal regulation relating to mercury discharges


NRDC’s summer legal interns may participate in writing briefs, drafting complaints, preparing legal analyses, obtaining affidavits, investigating violations of environmental laws, developing policy advocacy campaigns, and drafting white papers and comments for submission to Congressional committees and administrative agencies. NRDC hires passionate students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on substantial responsibility. Our interns play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement. Over the course of a summer, an NRDC intern will typically work on a variety of projects and amass experience that he or she could not obtain anywhere else.


NRDC encourages successful applicants to secure funding from scholarships or their law schools, but such funding is not a factor in selecting interns. NRDC will supplement outside funding to ensure successful applicants receive at least $6,000 for the 10-week summer internship.


All applications for 2018 Summer Legal Internships can now be submitted online at You will need to electronically submit a cover letter, transcript, resume, references, and a legal writing sample that does not reflect edits by anyone other than you. In your cover letter, please indicate all of the NRDC offices to which you are applying, as well as any order of preference among the offices. As of December 8, 2017, internships remain available in the Washington, DC and Santa Monica, CA offices only.

 Hiring will be conducted on a rolling basis, with applications being reviewed and interviews being scheduled starting in early August. The deadlines to submit an application are October 20, 2017 (2Ls) and January 19, 2018 (1Ls).


Offers will be made on a rolling basis; we strongly encourage you to apply early.


NRDC is very committed to diversity and inclusion both in the workplace and in our advocacy.  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.  We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs.  Please reference where you saw this posting.  NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


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