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 staff attorneys, editors, scientists, and economists on a variety of projects. Substantive areas of focus include domestic and international policy and law such as: land use, biodiversity, air quality, public health, hazardous waste and brownfields, wetlands and watershed, 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, roundtable, and other events. In addition, interns will develop and complete an independent research project under the guidance of ELI staff.

Positions are available throughout the academic year (minimum 15 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters) and during the summer (full-time). This position is for summer 2021 and will be fully remote.


 Candidates for the summer internship must be available to work full time (at least 40 hours/week) for at least 10 consecutive weeks. 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, but specific environmental experience is not. Candidates must have completed their first year of college. Compensation is not available, but ELI will provide a transportation stipend (inapplicable for fully remote internships). ELI is committed to supporting candidates in their efforts to secure external funding for the position. ELI will work with candidates using the internship for class credit to achieve learning outcomes and complete paperwork.


 Applications for the summer internship will be accepted until 11:59 pm EST Friday, March 5, 2021, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates can 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)
  • 3-5 page analytical writing sample

Candidates invited to interview will also be asked to complete a 1-2 hour skills assessment.

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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.