Southern Environmental Law Center Summer Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • Chapel Hill, NC, USA
  • May 03, 2018
Graduate Assistant/Fellowship Advocacy and Policy Environmental & Energy Law

Job Description

The Summer and Diversity Inclusion Fellowship is a new position to SELC and provides the opportunity to be an integral part of a team working on a full range of issues of particular importance to the South—clean air, clean and adequate water, energy, forests, coasts and communities—in addition to working with our Diversity Coordinator to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. It is a 10 consecutive week assignment.

The Fellow can expect to do research and writing on litigation or other environmental advocacy in a substantive area as well as on diversity in the workplace. Research may include federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, procedural and evidentiary issues as well as legal and non-legal research on diversity. In addition to research and writing, the Fellow will also participate in strategy sessions, document review, client meetings, site visits, and other aspects of case or project management. At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow will give an oral presentation on a substantive environmental issue and receive extensive feedback.

The Fellow may also observe depositions, hearings, meetings on environmental policy with government officials and leaders of other environmental groups. We hold periodic seminars or lunch and learn sessions to introduce the Fellow to a wide range of environmental issues and projects. Other special events and outings, including a summer hike or canoe trip, are held each summer.

About SELC: SELC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people.  Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact.  

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents.  The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. It currently has a staff of over 130 individuals, with 70 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields.  Additional information is available at

SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board.  We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment of the South.  The South has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity.  To better fulfill its mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff.  We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.  

Criteria for Consideration:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Interest in environmental or non-profit career
  • Community service work
  • Academic achievement


  • Must be a second-year law student attending and in good standing at an American Bar Association accredited law school
  • Must have a strong undergraduate and law school record
  • Must possess excellent writing skills

Compensation: The selected Fellow will receive $500 per week from SELC for the ten-week summer fellowship. SELC does not reduce this amount if the fellow receives additional outside funding. The Fellow will be guaranteed an interview for future associate attorney positions that become available within three years of completion of the fellowship.

Award: The Diversity and Inclusion Fellow will receive a nonrenewable award of $10,000* for his/her community service, academic achievement, and demonstrated diversity work. The $10,000 award is contingent upon accepting and successfully completing the summer fellowship.

*$10,000 less applicable payroll and withholding taxes

To Apply: Applications should include a cover letter emphasizing your interest in this fellowship, resume, writing sample, transcript or grade report (with date of birth and social security number redacted) and a reference list. The cover letter should include office preference(s) (Chapel Hill, Charlottesville, Atlanta, Charleston, Asheville, Birmingham or Nashville) and should specify whether you would also like to be considered for our Summer Clerkship. Applications are closed for 2018; now accepting applications for 2019. Submit applications to:

Lauren Fry
Southern Environmental Law Center
601 West Rosemary St., Suite 220
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.

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