Cavers Legal Internships

Oct 23, 2020 Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

CLF seeks law students who are interested in dedicating a summer to advance cutting edge legal strategies and policy solutions.

CLF’s Cavers Interns are paired with an experienced attorney in one of our seven program areas focusing on clean energy and climate change; clean air and water; ocean conservation; strategic litigation; zero waste; community resilience; or transportation and environmental justice. Over the course of the summer, interns support CLF’s mission by researching legal issues and drafting documents ranging from internal strategy memos to public comments and portions of motions and briefs. Interns may also have the opportunity to meet with state and federal agency officials and work with other environmental organizations, local activist groups, and environmental justice communities in New England.

This program was created to honor the memory of David Cavers, a strong supporter of CLF. David worked with CLF from 1981 until his death in November of 2000. As a Director, he was integral in steering the organization through many of the tough battles that led to the prominence it enjoys today. During his time at CLF, David took great satisfaction in mentoring law students and preparing them for careers as effective environmental advocates.

The Cavers Internship requires a commitment of 12 weeks of full-time work and is paid a stipend of $5,500 for those outside of Boston, and $6,000 for those working at our Boston office. The number of Cavers positions is limited. If the Cavers positions are filled, CLF will automatically consider applicants to the Cavers program for another summer internship if funding is available at the same stipend amount.

CLF has a long history of protecting New England’s environment and the health of its people and communities. We craft innovative solutions to the region’s most pressing environmental problems. The environmental issues that CLF seeks to address affect everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, or gender. Unfortunately, some communities continue to disproportionately bear the brunt of impacts of air and water pollution, poor transportation options, etc. Promoting environmental justice to reverse these inequities and build a healthier future for all people of New England, therefore, is an integral component of our work. CLF recognizes that to fully understand and successfully overcome barriers to equal access to a clean and healthy environment as well as livable communities, we need to bring together the best and brightest talent that reflects the diversity of the communities most affected by environmental impacts – communities that often are under-represented in the field of environmental advocacy. CLF is therefore committed to actively and specifically recruiting law students of color as part of our recruitment policy. We highly encourage students of color to apply.

Rolling acceptance of applications begins every year in September and ends on February 1 of the following year. As hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

How To Apply: Please send the following documents (in PDF format) to the email address indicated below for the office to which you would like to apply.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 1 reference
  • Law School transcripts  (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Writing sample of at least five pages demonstrating legal analysis
  • Your email header should state your name and “Cavers Internship.”

You may also send your application by mail, although email is preferred.

For consideration for an intern position in our Boston, MA, office, please send your application materials to internships@clf.org. The mailing address for this office is:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Boston Legal Intern Committee
62 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110

For consideration for an intern position in our Portland, ME, office, please send your application materials to internshipME@clf.org. The mailing address for this office is:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Emily Green
53 Exchange St., Suite 200
Portland, ME 04101

For consideration for an intern position in our Concord, NH, office, please send your application materials to internshipNH@clf.org. The mailing address for this office is:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Johanne Van Rossum
27 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

For consideration for an intern position in our Providence, RI, office, please send your application materials to internshipRI@clf.org. The mailing address for this office is:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Heather Greenwood
235 Promenade Street
Suite 560, Mailbox 28
Providence, RI 02908

For consideration for an intern position in our Montpelier, VT, office, please send your application materials to internshipVT@clf.org. The mailing address for this office is:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Elena Mihaly
15 East State Street, Suite 4
Montpelier, VT 05602