NRDC is a member-supported nonprofit organization that uses litigation; legislative and administrative advocacy; science; policy analysis; media; and grassroots organizing to fight for the environment and public health. In addition to Chicago, we have offices in New York; Washington, DC; San Francisco; Santa Monica; Montana; and Beijing. We work on a wide range of environmental and public health issues, including protection of public lands and wildlife; control of air and water pollution; and promotion of clean energy and energy efficiency. Responsibilities
What Do Chicago Prelaw Interns Do?
Chicago prelaw interns do fact research and writing to support active litigation and assessment of new potential cases, in collaboration with the lawyers on NRDC’s Litigation Team. Interns may also work with other Chicago-based NRDC lawyers, who do a mix of policy and litigation work. A Chicago-based Litigation Team lawyer will be responsible for coordinating assignments and making sure that each intern gets interesting, challenging, and varied work and timely feedback. Specific assignments will depend on NRDC’s priorities and needs, but our aim is to give each intern the opportunity to work with several different lawyers and on several projects over the course of their internship. We also aim to have each intern leave the internship with at least one writing sample they can use for future job searches.Qualifications
What Qualifications Are You Looking For?
You should be in college or another degree program other than a legal degree program (if you’re already in law school, check out our legal intern post!).
You should be able to claim academic or work-study credit for your internship work at NRDC.
In selecting interns, we look for a strong academic record; strong writing, research, and interpersonal skills; a demonstrated commitment to public service work or environmental and public health issues; and opportunities to enhance diversity at NRDC.
You must also be able to work at least two full business days a week over the course of a winter or spring academic term (e.g., beginning in January and ending before spring exams; exact start and end dates are flexible and will be tied to your school schedule) in our Chicago office, which is downtown in the Civic Opera Building, at 20 North Wacker Drive). Full-time interns are welcome.
This opening will remain posted until at least December 9
, 2016. But please don’t wait to apply! We consider applications on a rolling basis, and may not wait until the deadline to interview and extend offers.