The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice handles environmental and natural resources litigation on behalf of the United States. The work of the Division arises under approximately 150 federal civil and criminal statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA (Superfund), Safe Drinking Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, and Tucker Act.
Nearly one-half of the Division's lawyers bring cases against those who violate the nation's civil and criminal pollution-control laws. Others defend environmental challenges to government programs and activities, and represent the United States in matters concerning the stewardship of the nation's natural resources and public lands.
ENRD's Denver Field Office is comprised of attorneys representing five of ENRD's nine litigating sections. The law clerk internship opportunities offered are specifically for the Environmental Enforcement Section, Environmental Defense Section, Indian Resources Section, and Natural Resources Section.
To learn more about the Division, please visit: www.justice.gov/enrd
Summer 2019 Unpaid Legal Intern Position with ENRD in the Denver Field Office:
2 (Joint) Full-Time Law Clerk Positions with the Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) and Environmental Defense Section (EDS)
1 Full-Time Law Clerk Position with the Indian Resources Section (IRS).
1 Full-Time Law Clerk Position with the Natural Resources Section (NRS).
The Denver Field Office handle cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the civil enforcement of federal pollution control laws, defending challenges to environmental regulations and agency actions, matters related to the listing of endangered species, and handling cases relating to Indian tribes and Native American issues. While assignments will vary, law clerks are typically called upon to conduct legal research, draft legal memoranda, draft portions of briefs and written discovery, present oral reports on shorter research assignments, and attend settlement and planning sessions with client agency counsel and technical experts. Law clerks may also attend or assist with local site visits, witness interviews, depositions, and hearings taking place in or near Denver, dependent on current case load.
Second-year law students may apply for Summer 2019 law clerk positions at the Denver Field Office starting October 1, 2018. First-year law students may apply after December 1, 2018 for Summer 2019 law clerk positions at the Denver Field Office. Hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis through January 5, 2019.
Full-Time, 10 week minimum commitment, start time in late May/early June.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and successfully complete a security clearance prior to appointment. Applicants must have been residents of the United States for 3 of the previous 5 years prior to applying, with exceptions made for active duty military and Foreign Service employees
October 1, 2016 - January 5, 2019 for second-year law students and December 1, 2018 - January 5, 2019 for first-year law students. Hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis and positions may be filled prior to the final application deadline.
Please email completed application to: ApplyInternFieldOffice.ENRD@usdoj.gov
Please indicate in the email subject line of your application "Denver Field Office, ""Summer 2019," and which section(s) you are applying for.
- Cover Letter expressing interest (please also indicate if there is a specific Section preference)
- Current Resume
- Copy of Law School Transcript (unofficial accepted)
- Writing Sample (11 pages maximum)
- 3 References