- Urban Water and Environmental Justice Graduate/Law Summer Intern, USA

Urban Water and Environmental Justice Graduate/Law Summer Intern
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Job ID

# of Openings

    Healthy People and Thriving Communities [403000]


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.   NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a law or graduate school (preference for public health) intern to work with NRDC’s Healthy People and Thriving Communities Program, Urban Water Management and Environmental Justice teams, in our Chicago office during the summer of 2019. Community-level engagement is a critical component of this internship. This is a full-time, paid summer position through an endowed internship; the intern will be compensated at NRDC’s standard full-time intern rate and must complete 35 hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks.

    Assist with reviewing and analyzing data related to the topics of urban flooding, industrial stormwater, and/or water affordability;
    Conduct research on how and why the issues of water quality, flooding and/or water affordability differentially impact low-income communities and communities of color in the Midwest and nationally;
    Support local, state and federal policy and legal advocacy to clean-up sources of pollution in Chicago impacting environmental justice communities and incentivize clean, sustainable economic development, with a goal of creating model approaches that can be adapted and used by other communities; and help NRDC build relationships with frontline communities in the Midwest and elsewhere.



    ability to read and digest dense regulatory/legal materials
    comfort around people of many different backgrounds
    comfort with public speaking/presentations
    comfort with data, spreadsheets, and quantitative methods
    ability to draft clear, concise and compelling written materials for a range of audiences


    familiarity with public health principles and modes of analysis
    familiarity with water systems
    familiarity with regulations, laws, and/or utility proceedings
    familiarity with public finance
    Spanish language capabilities, ideally fluency


NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.


Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org


Job posted on 8th March 2019
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