1L Legal Intern, U.S. Climate and Energy Program
Environmental Defense Fund's New York Office is seeking highly qualified and deeply motivated law students for a summer 2014 legal internships to work on cutting edge regional and national projects related to climate change, air quality energy efficiency.
This intern will contribute to policy and legal initiatives in the New York City Office under the auspices of EDF’s Smart Power Program, Climate & Air Program, and Land, Water Wildlife Program. The intern will perform research and analysis on topics of critical importance, and communicate findings effectively.
The intern’s portfolio is expected to include projects of EDF’s Smart Power Program, Climate & Air Program, and Land, Water, Wildlife Program, with a primary focus on matters arising in the states of New York and New Jersey. EDF’s focus is both on short- and long-term coastal resiliency initiatives and energy resiliency opportunities. Smart Power policy and legal initiatives of importance during the relevant time frame may include filings at the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC) relating to utility company business models and regulatory structures and incentive structures for clean energy projects and collaborative work with other parties arising out of other recent (NYPSC) decisions, and initiatives in New Jersey Bureau of Public Utilities concerning energy storage, integration of variable energy resources, combined heat and power (CHP)/microgrids, and the use of federal funds to enhance resiliency. A major question is how to shape the implementation of the federal legislation and the work of federal, state and local agencies as they interact with private sector interests towards sustainable coastal development practices and energy efficiency and other low-carbon distributed energy resources, as well as other carbon reduction strategies.
Other policy and legal initiatives of importance during the relevant time frame are likely to include New York/New Jersey storm resiliency work focused on securing Sandy funds for ecosystem restoration and urban waterfront park projects, with a particular focus on the Jamaica Bay region; matters pertaining to the restoration and prevention of further deterioration of the wetlands of Coastal Louisiana, including regulatory and legislative initiatives as well as opportunities relating to Deep Water Horizon damages; initiatives relating to the extraction and production of natural gas, including hydro fracturing; defending and strengthening low carbon fuel standards; and evaluation of proposed modifications to New York State’s brownfields redevelopment tax credit.
EDF lawyers work collaboratively with colleagues in other offices and other lawyers in the New York office. As such, this intern may also have opportunities to support work in other states and/or work with lawyers with different areas of focus than Mr. Tripp.
Previous interns have researched, written, and presented legal and policy documents for federal court litigation, rate cases, other federal and state regulatory proceedings, and various policy venues. For example, recent summer interns have supported EDF’s work in a highly contentious and complex rate case in New York State; federal district court litigation concerning electric transmission planning and wholesale electric markets; development of innovative state programs for the financing of building upgrades that include clean energy and climate resiliency attributes; development of legislation to make penalties for oil pollution available for coastal restoration; federal district court litigation over cap-and-trade programs, low carbon fuel standards, electric transmission planning and wholesale electric markets; recommendations to be made to the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA to expedite the construction of diversion projects needed for coastal restoration; litigation in New York State court to defend the City’s comprehensive Solid Waste Management Plan, which aims to reduce truck emissions on New York City streets, from attack; and FERC proposals pertaining to electric transmission system and wholesale market design.
- Enrolled in law school college or recently graduated from such institution
- Law students who will have completed their first year of law school are preferred.
- Excellent research, analytical, writing and advocacy skills with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues.
- Knowledge of environmental, political, and current affairs
- Computer skills – Microsoft Office, etc.
- Social media knowledge
2014 Summer Internship
May 12, 2014 – July 18, 2014 or May 19 – July 25
Full-time (35 hours/week)
This is an unpaid, volunteer internship. 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. EDF will also support intern in his/her efforts to secure external funding.
Please complete our online application and upload your résumé, three references, transcripts, writing sample, and a cover letter. In your letter please describe your interests in environmental law and policy work, relevant completed course work, whether or not you are able to work for class credit, and if so, how much, and note any work-study or grant money you will be able to provide. Environmental Defense Fund will also give strong consideration to summer academic externships. Applications are considered immediately and on a rolling basis until the deadline of April 18, 2014.
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