The Environment and Natural Resources Division litigates in five key areas: pollution, lands and natural resources, wildlife, Indian resources, and land acquisition. Attorneys represent many federal agencies by preparing and arguing civil and criminal enforcement cases, appeals, and by defending challenged federal agency actions arising from well over 100 federal environmental laws. Cases are at the cutting edge of environmental and natural resources practice. The Division’s work protects our environment for future generations.
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, a career fair, and a trail hike.
Assignments will vary. In general, interns assist the Division’s trial lawyers in preparing cases for filing and supporting the litigation effort post-filing, and assist the Division’s appellate lawyers in researching issues on appeal. Responsibilities typically include conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, discovery, and memoranda of law 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 and civil and criminal enforcement of federal pollution control laws. An internship provides an outstanding opportunity to work on cutting edge issues of environmental law.
This position is open to current 2Ls. The Department follows the National Association of Law Placement guidelines that prohibit employer contact with first-year (first-semester) students regarding summer employment prior to December 1st. If you are a first-year law student, please check back to https://www.justice.gov/enrd/internships on December 1st, 2018, for information on how to apply. Law students may work in volunteer positions only while attending law school. Law school graduation terminates eligibility, except for graduate law students enrolled at least half time and who are not practicing law. ENRD prefers students with strong academic qualifications, research and writing skills, and those who have an interest in litigation, environmental law, and/or public interest law. 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.
Applications for Summer are accepted from 2Ls from August 1st – September 7th of the year prior (i.e., for Summer 2019, applications will be accepted from August 1st – September 7th of 2018) and December 1st – January 5th (i.e., for Summer 2019, applications will be accepted from December 1st, 2018 – January 5th, 2019). 1Ls may apply only during the December 1st – January 5th period.
During those dates, you may also apply for a volunteer legal internship in Washington, DC by submitting via email to firstname.lastname@example.org the following materials:
- Section application form (posted at www.justice.gov/enrd/internships)
- Cover letter stating hours/days available to work;
- Resume (which includes your country of citizenship);
- Writing sample;
- Copy of your most recent transcript (official or unofficial);
- Three references with contact information, including telephone and email (letters of recommendation not required); and
- Specify the year and term (i.e., Summer 2019) that you’re applying for in your application and in the subject line of your application email. You must apply seperately for each term.