Policy and Legislation Internship


We offer a stipend and welcome applications from candidates who can secure outside funding

Hours per week

Be able to work 20 hours per week



Application Deadline



District of Columbia
United States


Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups and supporters to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Miami, Tallahassee, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, DC.

The Policy and Legislation (PAL) intern will work with the PAL department, which is comprised of environmental lobbyists and advocates, to protect our courtroom victories from efforts to undo them in Congress and defend and strengthen the same environmental laws Earthjustice enforces in the courtroom. The intern will learn how a non-profit environmental organization weighs in on environmental policy at the federal level and gain considerable insight into congressional procedures, the policy process, environmental nonprofit lobbying and advocacy strategizing, coalition building, and associated communications and outreach.

The intern will report to the Legislative Assistant.


  • Assist with tracking bills and monitoring appropriate Senate and House Committees for actions on legislation of interest to PAL staff.
  • Conduct online research.
  • Attend Congressional hearings, coalition meetings, weekly department meetings, educational presentations, and other meetings as requested.
  • Prepare and disseminate information to PAL staff, and Congressional offices as requested.
  • Make phone calls to Congressional offices as requested.
  • Assist with outreach and preparation for events sponsored by PAL.
  • Support advocacy efforts through drafting and editing fact sheets, policy documents, and other collateral.
  • Write blogs relevant to assignments.
  • Under the guidance of the legislative assistant, spearhead one independent research project on an issue of the intern's interest that will culminate in a presentation to PAL staff.
  • Perform administrative tasks as requested.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Be currently enrolled in a college/university program to apply; undergraduates in their Junior or Senior year are preferred
  • Be able to work 20 hours per week
  • Reside in the DC Metro Area or be willing to relocate for the duration of the internship
  • Possess excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills
  • Have working knowledge of online research and MS Office programs
  • Work effectively on a team, and be able to drive projects to completion
  • Be willing and able to learn new skills and subject areas
  • Possess a strong interest in environmental and/or social justice issues, Congress, politics and the policymaking process

We offer a stipend and welcome applications from candidates who can secure outside funding.


Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

How To Apply


To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume online by the deadline.

Emailed applications will not be accepted. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Law students are encouraged to apply separately to our litigation department for law clerk positions.


Internship Duration:  Three months, with a negotiated start date from mid-January to mid-February.

Application Deadline:  November 25

Law students are encouraged to apply separately to our litigation department for law clerk positions.