Waterkeepers Chesapeake is seeking an outstanding law student to join our team for the summer as a Law and Policy Intern. If chosen for this role, you will have a direct impact on our coalition of 17 independent Waterkeeper programs working in tandem to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. An ideal candidate will have great communication and legal research skills, an interest in environmental law and policy, and a commitment to equity and the principles of environmental justice.

Law and Policy Summer Intern Job Description:

  • Provide research and data for the development of Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Fair Farms policy agenda at the local, state, regional, and federal levels
  • Assist local Riverkeepers, Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Fair Farms with legal research questions, strategy, and process
  • Assist with monitoring the status of Waterkeepers Chesapeake’s active litigation and participating in the case development process
  • Identify key policies for Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Fair Farms to further campaign priorities
  • Draft comments, letters, blogs, fact sheets, research pieces, and other writings to advance Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Fair Farms campaign goals
  • Monitor key developments and participate or present in relevant conferences, conference calls, meetings, hearings, and public events related to Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Fair Farms work
  • Analyze and track any relevant legislative or regulatory activity in the Chesapeake Bay region
  • Implement activities, such as action alerts to achieve shared policy goals with other environmental organizations and within coalitions
  • Develop policy agenda and implement strategy for advancing policy goals, such as policy proposals, with key decision makers in the legislative and executive branches
  • Work with government officials and agency representatives to improve local, state and federal policies related to water, agriculture, and environmental policy*
  • Work with Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Fair Farms partner organizations on collaborative policy projects
  • Share legal and policy updates in internal organizational meetings such as staff and board meetings.

This non-staff intern role is paid, at an hourly rate. The intern should be available to begin working on or around May 20th, 2021.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To apply please submit a cover letter, resume and two writing samples to info@waterkeeperschesapeake.org.  Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.