Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • 2020 Winter/Spring Legal Internship

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 2 months ago(8/20/2019 4:25 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Litigation [103000]
  • Overview

    Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a national nonprofit public health and environmental advocacy 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 ensure a safe and healthy environment for all people and living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, and many of those laws’ implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases have also played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others work out of offices in New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Montana; and Beijing.



    • Successfully challenging numerous rollbacks of environmental protections by the Trump administration
    • Advancing clean energy and climate change projects in India
    • Safeguarding the people of Flint, Michigan, from continued exposure to lead in drinking water
    • Successfully defending the protection of 128 million acres of ocean in the Arctic from oil and gas leasing


    NRDC is seeking a legal intern to work with the Litigation Team in our San Francisco office for spring semester 2020. The San Francisco Litigation Team is one of four branches of NRDC’s Litigation Team; the other branches are in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York. The legal intern selected for this position may participate in writing briefs, drafting complaints, preparing legal analyses, obtaining affidavits, and investigating violations of environmental and health laws. Interns are also invited to participate in litigation planning and strategy meetings. Our interns play an active role on the frontlines to protect our planet and the communities that depend on it.


    Legal interns have the choice between receiving academic credit or receiving a stipend of $750/week for their internship. 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).


    The internship will begin in January and end before exams. 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.  Full-time interns are welcome.


    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. In assessing candidates for the internship, we look for:


    • Exceptional legal writing and analytical skills;
    • Strong oral communication skills;
    • Experience effectively working on a team;
    • Creativity and resourcefulness;
    • Commitment to public service, equity, or justice;
    • Demonstrated ability to work with people across different social identities and backgrounds; and
    • Record of academic and/or professional accomplishment.

    NRDC’s values: We value justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are aware that the field of law, and environmental law in particular, has not historically been inclusive or equitable to people holding marginalized identities, including black, indigenous, and people of color. We also know that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse perspectives that come from a diversity of identities will help us innovate to solve the planet's most pressing environmental crises. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where the most underrepresented voices are amplified, promoting equity in our practices, policies, and the work we take on, and valuing diversity in our workplace and our constituency.


    HOW TO APPLY:  All applications for the 2020 Spring Legal Internship position can now be submitted online at Please electronically submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial transcript. Final round candidates may be asked to provide references. Your cover letter should indicate the hours you will be available to work.


    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


    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, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


    To apply, please visit and upload your application materials through our online portal. 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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