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!
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.
Riverkeeper seeks a highly motivated spring intern to support the Major Giving staff in researching sources of funding and sending requests for support. Specific duties include:
Research and analyze prospective donors to identify likely funding sources. These include:
Prepare prospect profiles as needed.
Prepare letters to potential donors (particularly foundations & corporations).
Provide general administrative support such as filing and organizing.
This is a part time unpaid internship, 10 hours per week for 14 weeks. Some commute reimbursement is available.
Riverkeeper strives to make our internships a rewarding experience by scheduling outings or events and professional development opportunities, while providing real, hands-on work. This is an excellent opportunity for a motivated candidate.
Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.