Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • 2020 Stanback Fellow - Clean Air Legal

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/2/2019 11:33 AM)
    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:


    This position is only for current Duke students.

    We use the services of fellows in essentially the same manner as program staff, fully integrating them into ongoing projects and new advocacy opportunities as they arise.  Legal fellows undertake research and writing in support of ongoing lawsuits, administrative comments, Congressional testimony, media releases, fact sheets, and analytic papers. Our intent is to give interns the most true-to-life experiences while augmenting our ability to benefit public health and the environment.


    As noted above, a legal fellow’s overall responsibility would be to undertake the same advocacy tasks as a junior staff attorney.  Typical activities include performing legal research for briefs or rulemaking comments; drafting fact sheets, white papers, press releases, reports or letters; attending Congressional hearings or lobbying visits with Congressional staff; and participating in environmental community strategy sessions and meetings with other stakeholders. 


    A second-year law student with training or experience in environmental law, environmental policy, or environmental economics would be ideal.  However, any law student with a sincere interest in working for an environmental non-profit organization is encouraged to apply.


    Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, writing sample, transcript and references.


    To apply, please visit Duke University's website ( and upload your resume and cover letter through their 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 iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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