Cavers Legal Internships

Jan 01, 2016 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.

Cavers legal interns are paired with an experienced attorney in one of our four program areas focusing on clean air, clean energy and climate change; clean water; ocean conservation; 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 have the opportunity to meet with high level 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 includes a stipend for eligible interns in need. Interns who have access to funding from their law school for summer public interest internships may not be eligible for a Cavers program stipend. CLF requires that interns who are eligible for funding from their law school first apply for such funding prior to consideration for a stipend, and the amount of Cavers funding available for a particular student will depend on the standard amount offered by their school.

Although CLF only provides funding for summer law clerks through the Cavers program, a limited number of additional unpaid internship positions may be available to law students not seeking funding.

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 2-3 references
  • Law School transcripts
  • Writing sample
  • 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

In addition to our Boston office, CLF has offices in Portland, ME; Concord, NH; Providence, RI; and Montpelier, VT. If you are interested in a Cavers Internship at one of these offices, please send your application directly to the contact listed below. Deadlines, stipend, and time requirements may differ from office to office.

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: Amy Moses
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: Sandy Levine
15 East State Street, Suite 4
Montpelier, VT 05602