Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

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Land and Wildlife Spring Intern

Land and Wildlife Spring Intern

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Land and Wildlife Program [309000]

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NRDC is a leading nonprofit membership organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. Our more than 1.3 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 seven offices, including in China. Within each of the organization’s program areas – air, water, oceans, public health, climate change, energy, public land, smart growth, international, urban, environmental justice, and nuclear non-proliferation – NRDC’s experts pursue cutting-edge litigation, sophisticated lobbying, scientific research, and broad-reaching public education. For over 40 years, NRDC has played a central role in crafting, implementing, enforcing, and defending virtually all of the nation’s environmental laws.


NRDC is seeking an intern to work with its Land & Wildlife Program’s Dirty Energy Team in NRDC’s Washington D.C. office. This internship will support NRDC’s advocacy work pertaining to public lands and federal oil and gas regulation and policy. This work includes protecting public lands, wild places, and communities from the impacts of oil and gas development utilizing advocacy, administrative processes, and litigation. Please note that this internship will include a variety of research responsibilities, including non-legal, factual and policy matters. For example, analysis of data, legislation, or science.


Upon completion of this internship, the student will have a broad understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Antiquities Act, and oil and gas regulation and policy.


  • Research both legal and non-legal, factual, and policy issues relevant to the Land & Wildlife Program’s Dirty Energy Team advocacy;
  • Legal research and drafting of memoranda on topics researched for use in existing litigation and public lands and monuments defense; and
  • Generally assist the Land & Wildlife Program’s Dirty Energy Team staff with various research and projects, which may include legislative advocacy.

Expected Products: Legal and related non-legal research and written memoranda, presentations, and analyses of specific team issues pertaining to oil and gas issues affecting public lands and monuments.



  • 2nd or 3rd year law student with an outstanding academic record
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Previous research experience is a plus;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with the capability to handle multiple tasks, work well under pressure and be detail-oriented;
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team;
  • Strong interest in natural resources conservation; and enthusiasm for NRDC’s mission.
  • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.


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.  


To apply, please create a profile and upload your resume, cover letter and writing sample (max. 5 pages). No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where you saw this posting. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer