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 Watershed Team is seeking summer 2015 legal interns to work directly with the Watershed Program 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 prefers applicants who have completed at least two years of law school, although we will consider applications from exceptional first year students. We seek independent and motivated students with a commitment to environmental protection and an ability to handle a diverse caseload. Applicants should be familiar with environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act. A background in planning or science is a plus. 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:
Misti Duvall, Staff Attorney, via email at email@example.com. Please write “Summer 2015 Watershed Program Legal Intern” in the subject line. No calls please.
Riverkeeper’s Hudson River program is seeking legal interns for the summer of 2015. Interns will gain in-depth and practical experience in the field of public-interest environmental law and play a critical role in helping Riverkeeper further our core mission: to safeguard the ecological integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries by tracking down and stopping polluters. Interns will work closely with Riverkeeper staff attorneys—building cases, prosecuting polluters, and advocating for strong environmental policies in the Hudson River Valley. Responsibilities may include preparing case briefings, drafting legal documents, conducting research, and investigating pollution reports.
Riverkeeper prefers applicants who have completed at least two years of law school, although we will consider applications from exceptional first-year law students. Applicants should ideally have a basic understanding of administrative law and have exposure to federal environmental statutes, such as the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). We are looking for interns with strong legal research and writing skills, organized work habits and a passionate desire to advocate for clean water and ecosystem protection. We will strive to provide interns with a valuable, rewarding work experience that is challenging, educational, and fun.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (limit 10 pages), and the names and contact information of two (2) references to Sean Dixon, Staff Attorney, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Summer 2015 Hudson River Program Legal Intern” in the subject line. 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.