The Environmental Law Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C., that seeks to “make law work for people, places, and the planet” through its work as an environmental law educator, convener, publisher, and research engine.

This internship is in environmental event planning and professional education. The Educational Programming Intern will conduct research, assist with planning and facilitating professional programming (conferences, seminars, and webinars – including our annual Firestone Policy Forum and Eastern Boot Camp on Environmental Law), assist with the preparation and day-of coordination of programs, coordinate with speakers, perform some administrative tasks, among other responsibilities. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the Institute. This position is for Fall 2024.

The most meaningful aspects of this position will come from the educational programming. The intern will be given responsibility in all parts of program development – from researching the initial topics and panelists, to running logistics, to networking with panelists, to helping facilitate programs, to post-program networking, and more.

Compensation is available at $18.00/per hour. ELI will also support candidates in their efforts to secure external funding or course credit for the position.


  • Environmental policy and research knowledge
  • Successful event planning, coordinating, and facilitating A to Z
  • Networking, especially with high-level government officials, NGO professionals, corporate leaders, professors, private attorneys, and other environmental law professionals
  • Increased researching and communications skills


Candidates for the fall internship must be available to work part-time (ideally 10-15 hours/week) for approximately 10 consecutive weeks (starting mid-September and concluding near the end of November). They must be available to work a hybrid schedule (in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays and remote M-W-F) at the ELI office in Washington, DC. Candidates should possess superior research, writing, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as a strong desire to gain knowledge of the environmental field. A strong academic background is required. Specific environmental experience is preferred, but not required. Candidates must have completed their first year of college. Other qualifications include:

  • Keen eye for detail
  • High organizational capacity
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines
  • Event planning

As this intern will be heavily involved with our Firestone Policy Forum, candidates must be available to help work at the event on the afternoon of October 22nd.


Applications for the fall internship will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST Friday, June 14th and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates must apply online through ELI’s application portal ( Applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter (including hours per week and number of weeks available)
  • Resume (including overall GPA)
  • List of two references (include name, address, phone and e-mail address; be sure to ask permission before listing someone as a reference)

Please address cover letters to:

Ms. Madison Calhoun
Senior Manager, Educational Programs
Environmental Law Institute
1730 M Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Phone calls are not accepted. For more information on the Institute, visit

Please note that to ensure the health and safety of the ELI workforce, any offer of employment from ELI is contingent on candidates providing proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.  ELI management will consider requests for religious or medical exceptions, consistent with applicable law.

ELI is an equal opportunity employer firmly committed to achieving an inclusive, diverse workforce that values every individual. We firmly believe that hiring individuals with varying perspectives and backgrounds contributes to our success as an organization, and we strive to create an environment that fosters inclusiveness. As such, minority candidates and candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.