Legal Internships, Unpaid – Fall, Winter, and Spring

Jan 01, 2016 Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

CLF seeks law students who are interested in dedicating 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 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 internship 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 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.

CLF’s fall, winter, and spring unpaid legal internships require a commitment of at least two full days per week for at least 10 weeks. These internships do not include a stipend.

Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses 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 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 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 indicated below for 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 2-3 references
  • Law School transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  • Writing sample
  • Your email header should state your Name and “[Fall, Winter, or Spring] Legal Internship.”

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

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 fall, winter, or spring internship at one of these offices, please send your application directly to the contact listed below. Deadlines 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: Heather Greenwood
235 Promenade Street
Suite 560 Mailbox 28
Providence, RI 02908

*Please Note:  Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 positions at the Providence office have been filled.  The next available internship at the Providence office is fall 2019.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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