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National Wildlife Federation Headquarters | Ann Arbor, MI
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National Wildlife Federation Headquarters


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Published 26 days ago

40 hours, 10-12 weeks, summer 2020

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world, and the Federation is committed to inspiring all people around our shared love of nature and wildlife by creating a welcoming and inclusive community representative of all Americans. By respecting and valuing the diversity of connections to the natural world and wildlife, we work toward convening a powerful movement. 

To support our mission, we seek a legal intern for the summer of 2020 to join our Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Under the supervision of our staff attorney, internship projects will address topics like climate change, utility rates, environmental justice, stormwater management, renewable energy, and water quality permitting. Recent highlights include: federal litigation pertaining to oil pipelines; publication of a report on state regulatory approaches to address PFAS pollution risk; and development of a strategy to ensure equal access to fishing and hunting by persuading relevant agencies to translate critical documents into foreign languages.

The legal intern must commit to working 10-12 weeks (depending on desired time off) and must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule (on average). Applicants can structure this as an externship for academic credit. Applicants are encouraged to seek third party public interest funding. If an applicant is not able to secure adequate funding, NWF can provide a stipend in an amount to be negotiated via an independent contractor (1099) arrangement.

Description of role
  • Engage in work such as litigation, administrative commenting, legislative drafting, and policy support.
  • Participate in the organization’s strategic decision-making.
  • Work with the communications team to implement our legal work through interviews, blogs, social media and videos.
  • Provide community education.

Qualifications

  • Completion of the first year of law school
  • Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Strong research and editing skills
  • Proven ability to multitask among competing priorities
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook

Application

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/DEIJ.

Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application.

No later than February 28, 2020, candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Oday Salim at salimo@nwf.org. The subject line should read: Summer 2020 legal internship application from [NAME]


Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters. The…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Academic Credits
  • Paid

How to Apply

No later than February 28, 2020, candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Oday Salim at salimo@nwf.org. The subject line should read: Summer 2020 legal internship application from [NAME]


No later than February 28, 2020, candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Oday Salim at salimo@nwf.org. The subject line should read: Summer 2020 legal…

Location

Ann Arbor, MI

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