Fall 2022 (September – November)

For five decades, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, both domestically and internationally.

ELI is hiring interns to support the research and publications departments of the Institute. Interns work directly with research associates, staff attorneys, editors, scientists, and economists on a variety of projects. Substantive areas of focus in domestic and international policy and law include: climate change, land use, biodiversity, air quality, public health, hazardous waste and brownfields, wetlands and watersheds, armed conflict and the environment, environmental management systems, public participation, environmental justice, Indigenous issues, and environmental enforcement.


Interns conduct in-depth secondary and primary research, attend and report on outside events, analyze, edit, and synthesize scholarly material, assist with preparation for environmental training courses, and provide limited administrative support. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the Institute, and interns are encouraged to attend ELI-sponsored workshops, seminars, roundtables, and other events. In addition, interns will develop and complete an independent research project under the guidance of ELI staff.

Part-time positions (minimum 15 hours/week) are available for the fall semester. ELI will provide interns an hourly wage of $16.10 for 10 weeks. In order to participate in the paid internship program, you must be physically present in the DC metro area (where ELI’s office is located) during the internship. ELI is in the process of reopening its office, but is cautiously approaching reopening in an effort to protect the health and safety of the ELI community from Covid-19. It is our hope that Covid will be under sufficient control by the fall of 2022 to allow for an in-person or hybrid internship experience then and beyond.


Candidates for the fall internship must be available to work at least 15 hours/week for at least 10 consecutive weeks. Candidates should possess superior research, writing, and interpersonal communication skills, as well as a deep desire to gain knowledge of the environmental field. A strong academic background is required, but specific environmental experience is not. Candidates must have completed their first year of college. Compensation is available at $16.10/per hour. ELI will also support candidates in their efforts to secure external funding or course credit for the position.


Applications for the fall internship will be accepted until 11:59 pm Friday, July 22, 2022, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates must apply online through ELI’s application portal by simply clicking the Apply button. Applications must include the following materials:

  • Cover letter (including hours per week and number of weeks available)

  • Résumé (including overall GPA)

  • 3-5 page analytical writing sample

Candidates invited to interview will also be asked to complete a 1-2 hour skills assessment. Reasonable accommodations are available during the hiring process.

Please direct all inquiries to internsearch at eli.org. Phone calls are not accepted. For more information on the Institute, visit www.eli.org.

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.