For 50 years, 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 seeks an intern to support the Institute’s Development Office. The Development Intern will work directly with the Vice President for Development and Membership, Senior Manager for Foundations and Donor Relationships, and the Development Associate to help secure resources needed to meet future environmental challenges. A major focus will be the upcoming ELI Award Dinner, one of the premier environmental events held each year in the nation’s capital. This year’s event will take place Thursday, October 15th at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC and the internship will continue through that time.

The Development Intern’s activities relating to the Award Dinner and other Development priorities include:

  • assisting with donor outreach through emails, mailings, and phone calls
  • contacting U.S. Government Departments and officials about participation in ELI events
    assisting with all aspects of donor recognition and record keeping such as donor database entry
  • research into potential grants and funding sources for the Institute

ELI integrates interns into day-to-day operations of the Institute and encourages intern attendance at ELI policy events, seminars, and meetings on a variety of topics, including the renowned ELI Summer School introductory seminars designed to teach interns and law clerks about the legal foundations of environmental protection.

The position is 20 hours per week from May 18th – August 21st and would continue through October at 10 hours per week. Candidates must be in the DC area for the entire duration of the internship. Candidates should possess strong writing and interpersonal communication skills, as well as a desire to learn about the nonprofit sector and the environmental field. A strong academic background is required, but specific environmental or development experience is not necessary. Applicants must have completed sophomore year of college. Compensation is not available but a small transportation stipend is provided.

Submit an application package via ELI’s online application system. Simply visit to get started. Note that your submission must contain the following uploaded documents (Word or PDF format), as follows:

  • Cover letter, addressing your personal goals and interests, as well as your experience and interest in carrying out the duties outlined above.
  • Current resume

Candidates passing the initial applicant screening process may be requested to provide writing samples. Applications must be submitted no later than February 28, 2020. You must use ELI’s online application system; ELI cannot accept applications submitted by email, USPS or other shipping service, or hand delivery. No phone calls, please.

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.