Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Spring 2020 Legal Intern

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(10/11/2019 3:57 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Litigation [103000]
  • Overview

    NRDC is seeking a Legal Intern to work with the Litigation team in our DC office. NRDC is a leading nonprofit environmental organization that has been marshaling science and the law to protect the environment and public health since 1970. NRDC engages in litigation, lobbying, scientific research, and public education on air, water, public health, climate change, energy, public land, smart growth, international, urban, environmental justice, and nuclear issues.


    Position Summary:


    The Washington, DC Litigation Team is one of four branches of NRDC’s Litigation Team; the other branches are in New York, San Francisco, 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 Washington have litigated to protect marine mammals from the U.S. Navy’s harmful sonar and explosives training and litigated to protect and provide clean drinking water in Flint, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey.


    NRDC seeks students currently enrolled in law school with strong grades, writing, and research skills and the intelligence, confidence, and maturity to assume serious responsibility. Legal interns work with the Litigation Team’s DC-based attorneys on legal research and writing projects to support developing and/or active cases. Interns are also invited to participate in litigation planning and strategy meetings.


    We ask that legal 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 stipend.


    The internship is for spring 2020 in NRDC’s Washington, DC 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.



    TO APPLY: Go to and search for the DC Litigation Research Internship. You’ll be asked to submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and reference list. Applications will be considered 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 identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 


    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. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. 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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