Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Legal Intern, Clean Air and Clean Transportation

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(8/1/2018 8:00 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Climate and Clean Energy [402000]
  • 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:


    Defending the right to breath healthy air and cleaning up our nation’s transportation system are core parts of NRDC’s work. We are seeking a legal intern for the Fall 2018 semester to assist with our clean air and clean transportation work. 


    At NRDC, we hire passionate law students with the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on substantial responsibility. Our interns play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement, and over the course of a semester will work on a variety of projects and amass experience they could not obtain elsewhere.


    The position is unpaid. We ask students to contribute at least 10 hours per week for 8 weeks, and to obtain academic credit from their law school for participating in the internship.


    • Conduct legal and factual research to inform active litigation and advocacy efforts.
    • Assist with drafting pleadings such as complaints, briefs, and standing declarations.
    • Help prepare comment letters and other submissions to administrative proceedings. 
    • Attend internal and external meetings relevant to projects.


    • Strong legal research and writing skills
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrated interest in environmental law and/or public interest work

    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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