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.
The San Francisco Litigation Team is one of four branches of NRDC’s Litigation Team; the other branches are in New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. The Team’s litigation spans a broad range of environmental issues, such as combating climate change, protecting public health, promoting environmental justice, curbing air and water pollution, preserving wildlife and wild places, and reducing overfishing. In recent years, members of the Litigation Team in San Francisco have litigated to protect marine mammals from the U.S. Navy’s harmful sonar and explosives training, safeguard the health of Californians by limiting the presence of dangerous chemicals in food and water, and defend a state program which will contribute over one billion dollars to clean energy research.
NRDC seeks current college students with strong grades, writing, and research skills and the intelligence, confidence, and maturity to assume serious responsibility. Research interns work with the Litigation Team’s San Francisco-based attorneys and program assistants on factual research and analysis to support developing and active cases. They may also do some legal administrative work from time to time. Interns are invited to participate in litigation planning and strategy meetings.
We ask that research interns that are eligible to receive academic credit seek credit for the internship time. We can help with applications or other materials that are needed to secure the credit (e.g., preparation of workplans and evaluations, meetings with academic advisors). If you aren’t eligible for academic credit for the internship time, we can offer a $15/hour stipend.
The internship is for the upcoming winter/spring semester in NRDC’s San Francisco office. Start and end dates and other scheduling details are negotiable, but we look for a minimum time commitment of two days a week in our office over the course of an academic term.