Legal Internships – Fall, Winter, and Spring

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

CLF seeks law students who are interested in dedicating all or a significant portion of an academic term to advance cutting edge legal strategies and policy solutions.

CLF’s legal 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 term, 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.

CLF’s fall, winter, and spring internships may be either full-time or part-time.

Part-time internships require a commitment of at least two full days per week for at least 9 weeks. Part-time internships are unpaid.

Full-time internships require at least 35 hours per week for at least 9 weeks. Stipends may be available for full-time interns unless they are either receiving academic credit for the internship, or are fulfilling an academic requirement with the internship.

Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, courts and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region.  To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also with communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation and frequently have access to fewer environmental benefits. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards, and membership, and to creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

Rolling acceptance of applications continues year-round, but an application must be received at least one month before the prospective start date of the internship. Start and end dates are flexible, with a fall internship typically beginning the last week of August, a winter internship typically beginning in November, and a spring internship typically beginning at the end of January. As hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as far in advance as possible.

How To Apply

Please send the following documents (in PDF format) to the email address of the office to which you would like to apply. Please also make the file name of each document “your last name-first initial-[document]” (e.g., “SMITH J COVER”).

  • 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 “[Fall, Winter, or Spring] Legal Internship.”
  • The body of your email should indicate (i) whether you are seeking a full-time or part-time internship, (ii) whether you would be receiving academic credit or fulfilling an academic requirement with your internship, and (iii) the CLF offices that you are applying to.

Only email applications will be accepted. The mailing address is given for reference only.

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