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Natural Resources Defense Council Summer 2022 Legal Intern in New York, New York

Summer 2022 Legal Intern

Job Locations

US-DC-Washington | US-NY-New York | US-IL-Chicago | US-CA-San Francisco | US-CA-Santa Monica

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit 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 to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. 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. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.
Recent NRDC victories include:
Successfully challenging numerous rollbacks of environmental protections by the Trump administration
Advancing clean energy and climate change projects in India
Supporting a community-led coalition tosuccessfullysuspend a freeway expansion project in Los Angeles
Partnering withresidents in Flint, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey to safeguard their communitiesfrom 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

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking to hire a cohort of Summer Legal Internsto workon casesand projectswithattorneys acrossour Program and Litigation Teams.Intern positions are available at our New York, D.C., Chicago, Santa Monica, and San Francisco offices.


NRDC's summer legal interns may participate in writing briefs, drafting complaints, preparing legal analyses, obtaining affidavits, investigating violations of environmental andpublichealth laws, developing policy advocacy campaigns,providing public comment,and drafting white papers and comments for submission to Congressional committees and administrative agencies. Our interns play an active role on the frontlines to protect our planet and the communities that depend upon it.


This internship is designed for current law school students. Prior experience in environmentallaw or with environmental issues is not required.In assessing candidates for the summer internship, we look for:
Exceptional legal writing and analyticalskills;
Strong oral communicationskills;
Experience effectively working on ateam;
Creativity andresourcefulness;
Commitment to public service, equity, orjustice;
Demonstrated ability to work with people across different social identities andbackgrounds;
Record of academic and/or professional accomplishment; and
Commitment to NRDC's values and mission.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
NRDC encourages successful applicants to secure funding from scholarships or their law schools, but such funding is not a factor in selecting interns. NRDC will supplement outside funding to ensure interns receive$10,000 for the 10-week internship.
Applications for 2022 Summer Legal Internships can be submitted online at will need to electronically submit a cover letter, transcript, resume, references, and a legal writing sample that does not reflect edits by anyone other than you.You will also be asked to answer two short DEI value questions.In your cover letter,pleaselet us know how you learned about theposition andindicateall ofthe NRDC offices to which you are applying, as well as any order of preference among the offices.You may address your cover letterto the Hiring Manager.

Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled starting inSeptember 2021. Offers will be made on a rolling basis; we strongly encourage you to apply early.The deadlines to submit an application are December 30, 2021 (2Ls) and January 15, 2022 (1Ls).

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.
For further information about NRDC, please visit

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