Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

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DC Spring Legal Intern

DC Spring Legal Intern

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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 health since 1970. NRDC engages in litigation, lobbying, scientific research, and public education on  air, water, public health, climate change, energy, environmental justice, oceans, public land, smart growth, international, urban, and wildlife issues. NRDC has more than five hundred advocates (lawyers, scientists, legislative experts, and others) and offices in San Francisco; Santa Monica; New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; 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 selected 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 to receive academic credit in conjunction with the internship, and would be available to work in NRDC’s Washington, D.C. office for a minimum of two full business days each week over the course of the fall academic term (beginning in August or September and ending before fall exams). Full-time interns are welcome provided that they could be present in the office a majority of the time. We will work with interns to help them claim any available academic credit. A small transit reimbursement may be available.



HOW TO APPLY:  All applications for the 2018 Spring Legal Internship position can now be submitted online at Please electronically submit a cover letter, writing sample, 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.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.



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 visit and upload your resume, cover letter, writing sample, unofficial transcript, and reference list 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.


If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422. For further information about NRDC, please visit