LA Waterkeeper Intern and Extern Program

LA Waterkeeper typically hires 3-4 interns each summer. Interns can expect to do research and writing on issues for litigation or for other environmental advocacy. Depending on the project, research may include federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, and procedural and evidentiary issues. Interns regularly write comment letters and make public comments before administrative agencies. In addition, interns may participate in strategy sessions and other aspects of project management. We hold periodic seminars to introduce interns to a range of environmental topics.

In addition to our summer internship program, we host 1-2 externs during the year. We will work with the faculty of the sponsoring law school to plan the program and ensure that all requirements for credit are met.

About LA Waterkeeper: LA Waterkeeper is a nonprofit environmental organization with members throughout the LA region. We safeguard LA’s inland and coastal waters by enforcing laws and empowering communities throughout Los Angeles County. In the twenty-five years since our founding, Waterkeeper has protected LA waterways from thousands of Clean Water Act violations, worked to ensure access to safe drinking water, encouraged storm water and wastewater recycling, and generated billions of investment dollars for remediation of our region’s most threatened waterways. Our legal work is varied and includes CEQA cases, a campaign to enforce the Clean Water Act to prevent industrial facilities from discharging untreated toxic stormwater, and cases advancing novel legal theories. For example, based on research conducted by a summer intern, we recently brought suit against the State Water Resources Control Board contending that it should have conducted a Waste and Unreasonable Use analysis pursuant to Article X, Section 2 of the California Constitution to assess the potential to maximize water reclamation from our sewage treatment plants. We also recently secured an order requiring the State Water Resources Control Board to meet the statutory deadlines for its list of impaired waterways in California.

LA Waterkeeper prides itself on teamwork and mutual respect among staff. We seek to bring these same values to our partnerships with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment in Los Angeles County.

Applications should include a cover letter explaining your interest in environmental law (and LA Waterkeeper specifically), resume, brief writing sample, transcript, and a list of 1-2 references.

Applications for internships are accepted on a rolling basis and hiring typically begins in December or January, though can happen earlier for 2Ls. We begin accepting intern applications from 1Ls on December 1.

Please send applications to:

LA Waterkeeper is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.

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LA Waterkeeper
120 Broadway, Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: 310-394-6162
Fax: 310-394-6178

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