Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Urban Water & Environmental Justice Summer Intern

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/14/2018 10:31 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Healthy People and Thriving Communities [403000]
  • 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.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking an unpaid intern to work with the Urban Water Management and Environmental Justice teams in our Chicago office. The intern must receive academic credit for the work, and a small stipend is available to help with travel and transit costs; the intern is expected to work between 20 and 35 hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks, depending on the intern’s school’s requirements for credit. We will also consider candidates who have access to external sources of funding, with certain minimums that apply. NRDC will work with successful candidates to complete any paperwork necessary to help secure available credit or funding


    Assist with reviewing and analyzing data related to the topics of lead in drinking water, flooding, and/or water affordability;

    • Conduct research on how and why the issues of drinking water quality, flooding and/or water affordability differentially impact low-income communities and communities of color in the Midwest;
    • Help NRDC build relationships with frontline communities in the Midwest around these water issues;
    • Help develop and implement public stakeholder meetings over public health impacts in environmental justice communities along Chicago’s waterways, including development of health profiles and other materials for such meetings; and
    • Support regulatory and legal advocacy to clean-up sources of pollution in Chicago impacting environmental justice communities.



    • Comfort with data, spreadsheets, and quantitative methods ability to read and digest dense regulatory/legal materials
    • Comfort around people of many different backgrounds
    • Comfort with public speaking/presentations
    • Ability to draft clear, concise and compelling written materials for a range of audiences


    • Familiarity with public health principles and modes of analysis
    • Familiarity with regulations, laws, and/or utility proceedings
    • Spanish language capabilities, ideally fluency


    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.


    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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