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Winter/Spring 2018 Research Internship – SF Litigation Team

Winter/Spring 2018 Research Internship – SF Litigation Team

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US-CA-San Francisco
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Litigation [103000]

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NRDC is a leading nonprofit environmental organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. NRDC engages in litigation, lobbying, scientific research, and public education on air, water, public health, climate change, energy, public land, smart growth, international, urban, environmental justice, and nuclear issues.



The San Francisco Litigation Team is one of four branches of NRDC’s Litigation Team; the other branches are in New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. The Team’s litigation spans a broad range of environmental issues, such as combating climate change, protecting public health, promoting environmental justice, curbing air and water pollution, preserving wildlife and wild places, and reducing overfishing. In recent years, members of the Litigation Team in San Francisco have litigated to protect marine mammals from the U.S. Navy’s harmful sonar and explosives training, safeguard the health of Californians by limiting the presence of dangerous chemicals in food and water, and defend a state program which will contribute over one billion dollars to clean energy research.




NRDC seeks current college students with strong grades, writing, and research skills and the intelligence, confidence, and maturity to assume serious responsibility. Research interns work with the Litigation Team’s San Francisco-based attorneys and program assistants on factual research and analysis to support developing and active cases. They may also do some legal administrative work from time to time. Interns are invited to participate in litigation planning and strategy meetings.



The internship is an unpaid position. NRDC seeks candidates who are eligible for academic credit, or outside funding such as work-study, to support their internship work. NRDC will work with successful candidates to complete any paperwork necessary to help secure available credit or funding.



The internship is for winter-spring 2018 in NRDC’s San Francisco office. Start and end dates and other scheduling details are negotiable, but we look for a minimum time commitment of two days a week in our office over the course of an academic term.

TO APPLY: Go to and search for the SF Litigation Research Internship. You’ll be asked to submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and reference list. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


NOTE: This position is not open to students currently enrolled in law school. Please search for the Legal Internship - SF Litigation Team if you are a current law student.



If you have questions about the application process or need to check on the status of your application, please email Milcah Zewdie,


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 this country's 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.

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