Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Fall 2019 Nature Program Legal Internship

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 8 months ago(5/18/2018 5:50 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Nature [405000]
  • 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 a legal intern to work with the Nature Program’s Dirty Energy Team in our Washington, D.C. office. This legal internship will support the Nature Program’s legal and advocacy work pertaining to federal fossil fuel regulation and policy and public lands defense. This work includes protecting public lands, wild places, and communities from the impacts of fossil fuel development utilizing advocacy, administrative processes, and litigation. Please note that this internship will include a variety of responsibilities, such as legal research, data analysis, and legislative and policy analysis.


    • The legal intern selected for this position will perform legal research and writing to support litigation and policy advocacy, in collaboration with and under the supervision of NRDC lawyers.
    • The Dirty Energy Team works on a range of issues pertaining to fossil fuel transportation and development, climate change, and public lands and endangered species defense.
    • Once the internship is complete, the legal intern will have a working understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Endangered Species Act, Federal Land Policy and Management Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.

    Specific assignments depend on immediate priorities and needs and can include

    • Research on legal, factual, legislative, and policy issues relevant to the Nature Program’s Dirty Energy Team advocacy; and
    • Legal research and drafting of memoranda on topics researched for use in existing or prospective litigation.


    • 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.
    • This is an unpaid internship, so candidates must 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 winter 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.

    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. 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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