Each Riverkeeper internship provides the individual with a strong field experience in which he or she is assigned responsibilities vital to the function of our work. All interns are considered an important and equal part of the team. We seek a group of 6-8 interns during the summer and smaller groups throughout the year to help our policy, litigation, development, and communications teams progress with their work.
Please read the below descriptions and send application materials to the appropriate person listed. Thank you for your interest in working with Riverkeeper!
Legal Internship Positions
Riverkeeper’s NYC Watershed Team is seeking summer 2016 legal interns to work in our office at the Pace Law School Environmental Litigation Clinic in White Plains, New York. Our legal interns are involved in every aspect of our program and gain hands-on experience conducting legal research and drafting legal documents, participating in legislative and administrative advocacy, reviewing proposed development projects, and investigating pollution reports. Legal interns participate in weekly team meetings and case review sessions, and may also attend meetings and public hearings with government agencies, elected officials, and local community groups. While specific beginning and end dates are flexible, the term of the internship is ten weeks.
Riverkeeper welcomes applications from first and second year law students. We seek independent and motivated students with a commitment to environmental protection and an ability to handle a diverse caseload. Familiarity with environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act is a plus, as is a background in planning or science. Strong research and writing skills, organized work habits, and a sense of humor are a must.
How To Apply
Applications will be accepted, and interviews conducted, on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and names and contact information for 2 references to:
Mike Dulong, Staff Attorney, via email at email@example.com. Please write “Summer 2016 NYC Watershed Program Legal Intern” in the subject line. No calls please.
Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline- NY Internship Description:
The Coalition Against Pilgrim Pipeline- NY, facilitated by Riverkeeper, is looking for two undergraduate or graduate student interns to support a grassroots campaign to stop the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline. Interns will gain firsthand experience in a grassroots environmental campaign at an internationally recognized environmental non-profit.
Internship duties include but are not limited to:
This internship opportunity is open to graduate students and undergraduate juniors and seniors with demonstrated leadership skills, an interest in protecting clean water, and excellent communications and writing skills.
This is an unpaid internship. We can work with your institution to provide academic credit.
How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted, and interviews conducted, on a rolling basis.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and names, contact information for 2 references and how many hours a week you are available to Jeremy Cherson at firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls please.
Bard CEP is partnering with Riverkeeper to offer a unique scholarship and career development opportunity to one incoming student each year.
Under this program, the Riverkeeper Scholar (RS) will receive a scholarship equal to 30% of tuition for two years of full-time enrollment. The scholarship may be awarded with additional Bard support, such as fellowships, work-study, and loans. The RS will have the opportunity to work with a designated Riverkeeper mentor, who will meet with the student at least twice a year to discuss career interests and development. The RS will receive priority among Bard graduate students for potential internships and capstone projects / theses completed in conjunction with Riverkeeper. The RS is selected at the time of admission each year.
Students interested in applying for this position should include a cover letter along with their application for admission stating their interest and/or experience with any of the following: advocacy, water policy, water ecology, or the Hudson River / Hudson River watershed.