2L Legal Intern, International Climate Program (Summer)

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life.

EDF seeks a highly qualified summer legal intern to work with our international climate team on research, writing, and creative advocacy strategies for encouraging and incentivizing sovereign nations to reduce their global warming pollution.  Previous interns have researched and written legal and policy documents that were subsequently published in leading national journals or included in EDF submissions to intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Much of our work in this field occurs at the interface between public international law and legal frameworks governing domestic public and private actors.  Projects may focus on treaty development, development of national or subnational law, linkages between and among national and sub-national legal systems, and/or linkages between treaties and domestic programs.

The work is multifaceted, fast-paced, and intellectually challenging.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • Law students who will have completed their second year of law school are preferred;
  • strong legal research and writing skills;
  • the ability to undertake both large projects and 1-2 page policy briefs;
  • familiarity/experience with international law, environmental law, the history of climate treaty negotiations, and carbon markets is a plus.

The Washington, D.C. Office is located just north of Dupont Circle—near historic Georgetown, the vibrant U Street and Adams Morgan neighborhoods, and the White House. Summers in Washington offer the opportunity to sample the city’s unparalleled array of outstanding museums, venerable monuments, diverse restaurants, theatre, music, and (often free) cultural and civic events. Also not to be missed: the Fourth of July fireworks on the National Mall; kayaking on the Potomac; Friday night jazz in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden; hiking in Shenandoah National Park; and Dorothy’s ruby red slippers.

A minimum of 10 weeks. Start and end date is negotiable.

Students are encouraged to seek academic credit through their college/university and EDF will ensure that any and all paperwork needed to secure academic credit is completed. Students are also encouraged to seek external funding. Priority will be given to students who can acquire academic credit or who will receive external funding.

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and CV to the EDF application, and a brief (max. 10 page) writing sample. Also note whether eligible to receive credit or will have external funding.

Applications are considered immediately and on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

January 30, 2015
Intern (Credit)
Washington, DC, United States