Summer Law & Policy Intern, Climate

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.

Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on EDF VoicesTwitter and Facebook.

 

Are you interested in exploring a career at an internationally-recognized environmental organization? By joining EDF as an Intern, you too can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life. EDF’s Internship Program welcomes intellectually hungry leaders to join us, advance our work, and cultivate the skills and relationships needed for a successful career working for the environment. Alumni of our Internship Program have gone on to important leadership positions, most notably our own President, Fred Krupp. Could you be the next Fred Krupp?

 

EDF offers internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates in a variety of programs and departments throughout the organization. The ultimate goal of our internship and fellowship program is to provide high-quality experiences (including relevant projects and opportunities for networking) that form the foundation for any individual who is serious about pursuing an environmental career.

 

Overall Function

EDF seeks a highly qualified Summer Law and Policy Intern to work with our international climate team on research, writing, and creating advocacy strategies for encouraging and incentivizing sovereign nations to reduce their global warming pollution.

 

Key Responsibilities

EDF seeks a highly qualified summer Law and Policy Intern to work with our international climate team.  The Intern will perform the following functions:

 

  • Assist in research, writing, and discussing creative advocacy strategies for encouraging and incentivizing sovereign nations to reduce their global warming pollution.
  • Research and write legal and policy documents that may be published in leading national journals or included in EDF submissions to intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 
  • Much of our work in this field occurs at the interface between public international law and legal frameworks governing domestic public and private actors.
  • Projects may focus on treaty development, development of national or sub-national law, linkages between and among national and sub-national legal systems, and/or linkages between treaties and domestic programs.

 

Qualifications

The work is multifaceted, fast-paced, and intellectually challenging.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • Recent law degree, or currently enrolled in law school.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills.
  • Ability to undertake both large projects and prepare 1-2 page policy briefs.
  • Ability to work at the EDF San Francisco, CA or Washington, D.C. office for the term of the Internship.
  • Familiarity/experience with international law, environmental law, the history of climate treaty negotiations, and carbon markets is a plus. Law students who will have completed their second year of law school are preferred.

 

Location

San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC.

 

Term

10 weeks during the Summer.

 

Hours

Full-time, 35 hours per week.

 

Compensation

This internship would involve either compensation for hourly work paid at a rate competitive with leading non-profits or academic credit. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit or funding through their college/university and EDF will ensure that any and all paperwork needed to secure academic credit is completed.

 

Application

 

Interested applicants should apply by submitting your résumé, references, and a copy of your unofficial Law School Transcript for consideration for this Internship.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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