Environmental Defense Fund Fellowship

Position Details

Organization: Environmental Defense Fund Department: Energy Location: Other
Type: Internship Timeframe: Summer Compensation: Paid Level: Graduate Start/End Dates:
May 15, 2020 to August 15, 2020
Application Deadline: February 3, 2020 Contact Information: Kimberle Szczurowskikimberle@upenn.edu 215-898-8502
Description

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) offers internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates in a variety of programs and departments throughout the organization. The ultimate goal of our internship and fellowship program is to provide high-quality experiences (including relevant projects and opportunities for networking) that form the foundation for any individual who is serious about pursuing an environmental career.

Environmental Defense Fund's team seeks a highly qualified and deeply motivated Law Student to work on projects related to climate change, carbon capture and sequestration, water management, and energy.

Please note: There are two job descriptions below but only one student will be selected for this fellowship. Students may apply to one of the two fellowships. Please indicate which posting you are applying to in your applicaiton materials. 

Energy Fellowship

Legal interns on the Energy team work on modernizing our power grid and other ways to cut energy waste—rewriting old rules to reward conservation and clean energy and empower customers to make smart energy choices. EDF aims to make interns’ experience relevant, challenging, and rewarding. The 1L Legal Intern, Energy will work in collaboration with attorneys and policy experts on EDF’s Energy team, as well as other colleagues across the organization.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct legal and factual research on carbon capture and sequestration, well integrity, and produced water management issues
  • Conduct legal and policy research, writing comments for internal and external use
  • Assess the impacts of recent court decisions on Energy team priorities
  • Draft public-facing documents such as fact sheets and blog posts about legal issues
  • Represent EDF at public hearings before government agencies
  • Provide other support to the team’s litigation efforts and regulatory advocacy

Climate Fellowship

The U.S. Clean Air team envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. The team is dedicated to achieving that vision in our work, helping achieve clean air for all. 

Legal interns and fellows on the U.S. Clean Air team contribute meaningfully to the team’s work securing clean air and climate protections. EDF aims to make our interns’ experience relevant, challenging, and rewarding. EDF interns and fellows have directly contributed towards landmark cases over the years and have supported activities including: U.S. Supreme Court litigation, D.C. Circuit litigation over greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act, major international agreements and guidelines regarding trans-boundary pollution control programs in the U.S./Mexico border region, and projects that work towards ensuring protections for low-income and vulnerable communities from air pollution.

The 1L Legal Intern, Climate will work in collaboration with attorneys and policy experts on EDF’s U.S. Clean Air team, as well as other colleagues across the organization. Interns and fellows on the U.S. Clean Air team contribute meaningfully to the team’s work securing clean air and climate protections.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct legal and factual research on federal and state climate and clean air issues
  • Contribute to litigation filings and administrative comments advocating for public health and environmental protections.
  • Assess the impacts of recent court decisions on U.S. Clean Air team priorities
  • Evaluate the health and environmental implications of pending legislation
  • Draft public-facing documents such as fact sheets and blog posts about legal issues
  • Represent EDF at public hearings before government agencies
  • Provide other support to the team’s litigation efforts and regulatory advocacy

About the EDF

EDF is a nonprofit organization and one of the world's largest environmental organizations, with more than 2.5 million members and a staff of 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world.  EDF works to address today's most urgent environmental challenges, working in partnership with others.

Application Requirements


Qualifications

  • Must be a currently enrolled student at University of Pennsylvania
  • First or second year law student at University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Excellent legal research skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to collect, analyze, and apply data and prepare reports of findings
  • Strong ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external allies
  • Results-oriented, self-starter with the ability to think strategically and work on fast-paced, dynamic issues
  • Ability to work both independently and as a leader or member of teams in a dynamic and creative environment with colleagues and partners of varied background and experience. Able to prioritize and be flexible.
Application Instructions


Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume, together with a writing sample, unofficial law school transcript, and list of three references to to Kimberle Szczurowski (kimberle@upenn.edu). In your cover letter, please describe your interest in environmental law and policy work, relevant completed course work. Please indicate to which of the two fellowships you are applying. 

Location: 

Energy Fellowship: New York, NY

Climate Fellowship: Washington, D.C. or Boulder, CO

Deadline: February 3rd 2019, 9:00am

Students who are selected for a first round interview will be scheduled for February 4th-7th.

Application deadline is Monday, February 3 at 9 AM.

**Start and end dates are not fixed. 

Additional Information

Stipend 

Fellows will receive $15,000 from the Kleinman Center, inclusive of travel and housing.

**This opportunity is only available to Penn graduate students**