The Environment and Natural Resources Division has primary responsibilities for litigation as well as appellate and policy work on behalf of the United States regarding these key areas:
- Prevention and Clean Up of Pollution
- Environmental Challenges to Federal Programs and Activities
- Stewardship of Natural Resources and Public Lands
- Property Acquisition for Federal Needs
- Wildlife Protection
- Indian Rights and Claims
Cases handled by ENRD are at the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources law. The Division’s work protects our environment for future generations.
In general, interns assist the Division’s trial lawyers in litigating cases in federal district and appellate courts and advising and assisting the Assistant Attorney General on environmental legal and policy questions. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research, and helping to draft pleadings, discovery documents, and legal memoranda dealing with a variety of federal environmental and natural resource issues. The Division handles cases covering a broad spectrum of issues including the listing of endangered species, civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws, and defense of federal agency actions under environmental and natural resources laws. Interns will also have the opportunity to observe court hearings, moot courts, and other events that may be occurring in Washington D.C., such as depositions, settlement conferences, or client meetings.
ENRD internships not only provide students with invaluable academic and career experience, but also include benefits such as a mentoring program, social events, and networking opportunities. Past examples include a lecture program specifically for interns with the Attorney General, a meet and greet session with ENRD’s Assistant Attorney General and Section Chiefs, a workshop on resumes and interview tips, jobs panels on applying for different government jobs, a career fair, and a trail hike.
ENRD is seeking students with:
- Strong academic accomplishments
- Strong research and writing skills
- An interest in one of ENRD’s key areas, in litigation, and/or in public interest law
When You Can Apply:
|YOUR CURRENT YEAR||DATES|
|1L||December 1st – January 5th|
|2L||December 1st – January 5th|
|LLM||December 1st – January 5th|
|Joint Degree||December 1st – January 5th|
- 1Ls and 2Ls must be currently enrolled at least half-time in a law degree program
- Joint degree and LLM students must be currently enrolled at least half-time and cannot currently be practicing law.
To be eligible for this position, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Successfully complete a background check prior to appointment
- Have been a resident of the United States for at least 36 months out of the previous 5 years prior to their prospective start date. Active duty military and Foreign Service employees posted abroad are exempt from this requirement.
You must submit the following materials in one email with the subject line “[Your Last Name, First Name] Summer 2019 Law Clerk Application” to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Section Application Form* (posted at www.justice.gov/enrd/internships)
- Cover letter, which must include the hours/days AND the number of weeks you are available to work during the Summer of 2019
- Resume, which must include your country of citizenship
- Writing sample
- Copy of your most recent transcript (official or unofficial). 1Ls should provide a transcript showing their current enrollment as well as their final undergraduate transcript (scanned as a single document).
- Three references with contact information, including telephone and email (letters of recommendation are not required)
These documents should be in PDF format and sent as 6 separate files attached to your application email.
*The Section Application Form requires you to select which of ENRD’s nine sections you are applying to. Your application will only be evaluated by the Sections you select on your Section Application Form.