Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Chicago Summer Pre-Law Internship

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/8/2018 5:36 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Litigation [103000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. 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 of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


    You’ll be doing administrative and fact research work to support NRDC litigation projects, under the supervision of Team lawyers and litigation assistants. We expect you to spend most or all of your time helping us prepare for trial in a Clean Air Act enforcement lawsuit over a coal-fired power plant in Peoria, Illinois (the E.D. Edwards Plant), but it’s possible that we will ask for your help with other litigation projects. Your tasks may include reviewing and organizing information we need for our cases (such as pollution monitoring data or other information we’ve gathered from an opponent in discovery); proofreading, formatting, and fact-checking documents (such as legal filings); and basic research and writing (such as factual background memos or Freedom of Information Act requests). We provide close supervision to ensure that each intern gets interesting, challenging, and varied work and timely feedback. We also try to make sure each intern leaves the position with a good writing sample.


    You must able to work at least two full business days a week over the course of at least ten weeks, in our office in downtown Chicago (in the opera building at 20 North Wacker Drive). We welcome and prefer candidates who can work up to full time. Specific start and end dates are flexible. If you’re part-time, you can choose which business days you work within the week (but we would like the days you choose to be the same week to week).


    If you aren’t eligible for academic credit for the internship time, we can offer a $15/hour stipend. If you are eligible for academic credit, we ask that you seek that credit (in lieu of the stipend), and can help with whatever applications or other work (e.g., preparation of workplans and evaluations, meetings with your academic advisors) you need us to do to help you secure the credit.


    You should be enrolled in or a recent graduate of an undergraduate degree program and interested in learning more about litigation work (since the people you’ll be working with specialize in litigation). We look for strong grades; well-developed writing, research, and interpersonal skills; and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public service work or environmental and public health issues. NRDC is an equal opportunity employer.


    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 identity and expression, 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.


    Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. 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 Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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