Region 1: EPA New England
FOR CURRENT LAW STUDENTS ONLY / AVAILABLE FOR SPRING 2013 and SUMMER 2013
EPA New England offers a unique opportunity for law students to join an office dedicated to protecting public health and the environment in New England. The Region has innovative initiatives addressing environmental justice, brownfields redevelopment, and urban environmental issues, as well as comprehensive programs to protect our air, water, and land. EPA New England's legal offices value diversity and a collegial work environment. Legal interns will be supervised by attorneys with regionally and nationally recognized expertise.
EPA New England
EPA New England, located in Boston, MA, is one of ten regional offices of the Environmental Protection Agency. The mission of the Agency is to protect public health and to preserve the environment.
EPA New England employs approximately 700 people who are responsible for implementing the federal environmental statutes and programs in the six New England states. The staff includes scientists, environmental engineers, environmental protection specialists, and attorneys.
EPA New England attorneys provide legal advice on the implementation and enforcement of federal laws administered by EPA, including laws relating to air and water pollution, the control of toxic substances, and the management and disposal of hazardous wastes.
Approximately sixty attorneys in EPA New England work on a full range of legal matters including:
- enforcement actions brought administratively or in federal district court against violators of federal environmental protection statutes and regulations;
- defense of EPA in lawsuits filed against it;
- review of the statutes and regulations of states and Indian tribes seeking delegations of authority from EPA to have primary responsibility for federal environmental programs;
- legal advice concerning the operation of the regional office; and • legal advice concerning the administration of EPA grant programs.
The attorneys are housed in two separate offices. Enforcement of the federal environmental statutes is managed through the Office of Environmental Stewardship. All other legal work is managed through the Office of Regional Counsel.
LEGAL INTERN PROGRAM
EPA New England is seeking motivated law school students with strong academic credentials for legal intern positions. Only currently enrolled law school students are eligible to apply for the program. We are particularly interested in students planning careers in the public sector or seeking experience in environmental law. Legal interns will have the opportunity to work on a challenging range of issues involving environmental protection and public policy throughout New England.
Summer internships are ten week full-time positions. There is a summer program that includes weekly meetings introducing the legal interns to a broad range of regional activities, field trips, and training sessions.
It is likely that all positions in Summer, 2013 will be volunteer. Students are encouraged to apply for outside sources of funding (i.e., scholarship, fellowship, or grant funds) or students may receive law school credit, if it can be arranged through their school.
SPRING 2013 LEGAL INTERNSHIPS
Spring legal internship must be for at least 32 hours/week. Applications for internships for Spring 2013 only should be submitted electronically to the EPA New England legal internship e-mail box prior to November 16, 2012. If interested in a Spring 2013 legal internship, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and transcript to: email@example.com
SUMMER 2013 LEGAL INTERNSHIPS
EPA New England’s hiring process for summer legal interns has changed from past years. This year, EPA New England will be hiring primarily through public interest job fairs. EPA New England will be attending the following job fairs:
Massachusetts Law Consortium, Careers in Government/Public Interest Program – open to law students at eight member Massachusetts law schools
Boston College Law School October 15—16, 2012
Suffolk University Law School January 28—29, 2013
Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair, Washington DC. – October 26-27, 2012 – open to students attending the conference.
Public Interest Law Center (PILC) at New York University Law School, Public Interest Legal Career Fair , New York City - February 9 and 10, 2012 – open to law students at twenty-one member law schools in the Northeast.
EPA New England expects to accept approximately ten volunteer legal interns for the summer of 2013. In addition to participating in the legal job fairs, EPA New England may carry out additional recruiting measures. Advance notice will be given if EPA New England chooses to accept applications through this website. Currently, however, EPA New England will not be accepting applications for Summer 2013 intern positions through our legal internship e-mail box.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an equal opportunity employer. EPA encourages people of color to apply. If you are a veteran, please include in your application appropriate documentation such as DD214 (copy 4), your VA letter, or Standard Form-15 (disabled veteran).
Questions about the legal internship program should be directed to:
Barbara Barrett/Office of Environmental Stewardship
U.S. EPA, New England Region
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: OES04-5
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Please be sure to include the mail code (OES04-5) in our address.
Legal intern positions are not open to any undergraduate students or to those post-graduate students who are not currently attending law school.