Intern: 1L Legal Intern - Smart Power Initiative
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.
Electric utilities are poised to invest up to $2 trillion in infrastructure over the next two decades to modernize our aging, inefficient energy infrastructure, creating a once-in-a-century opportunity to revolutionize how we generate, distribute and use electricity. These choices will be influenced by stricter Clean Air Act standards and the availability of low-cost natural gas, two factors that have combined to create a rare moment of dynamism in the power sector. Environmental Defense Fund’s Smart Power experts are working with state public utility commissions, utilities, policymakers and other key stakeholders to seize this opportunity to modernize our antiquated electricity grid and spur investments in and break down the regulatory and financial barriers to broad-scale adoption of renewable energy, energy efficiency and other innovative ways to generate and use energy. These approaches can answer the need for power, spur economic development, lesson our carbon footprint and help America gain a global leadership position in the multi-trillion dollar clean energy economy.
The intern’s primary focuses are expected to be smart power initiatives in the states of New York and New Jersey. Policy and legal initiatives of importance during the relevant time frame may include filings at the New York State Public Service Commission relating to utility company business models and regulatory structures and incentive structures for clean energy projects, and at the New Jersey Bureau of Public Utilities concerning energy storage, integration of variable energy resources, and combined heat and power (CHP)/microgrids. In addition, the intern may perform research and analysis relevant to the promulgation of innovative clean energy finance programs through legislation or regulation.
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 Smart Power work in other states and/or work with lawyers with different areas of focus, including attorneys in the Natural Gas program, the U.S. Climate and Air Program, and the Land, Water, Wildlife Program.
Previous interns have researched, written, and presented legal and policy documents for federal court litigation, administrative litigation, national and state regulatory proceedings, and various policy venues. For example, research activities have supported: 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, and 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 (Ten weeks)
May 12th – July 18th or May 19th – July 25th
Full-time (35 hours/week)
CompensationThis 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, legal 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 fall 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 EmployerApply