Environmental Justice Intern

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Santa Monica, CA, US


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


Position Summary:


NRDC is seeking a Summer Intern to work with the Environmental Justice team in our Santa Monica office.  The internship will be full-time for approximately 10 weeks and could begin in May or June. The intern will be paid a salary of $6,000.


The intern will work under the supervision of Environmental Justice team attorneys to support advocacy efforts, case development, coalition work, and factual research. The work will be primarily focused on addressing disproportionate pollution burdens facing communities of color and low-income communities in the Southern California region and supporting EJ partner organizations. The intern will be given tasks that will help them develop their ability to conduct factual and policy research, review documents, distill and disseminate information to other attorneys and non-legal frontline partners, and draft sections of advocacy documents. Their work-product will be reviewed to provide them with concrete and constructive feedback


  • Current undergraduate student or recent graduate;
  • Strong writing and analytical skills;
  • Strong oral communication skills;
  • Enthusiasm for teamwork;
  • Creativity and resourcefulness;
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, equity, social justice, and/or environmental justice; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people across different social identities and backgrounds

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/careers and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.