Summer 2018 Legal Internships (Paid)

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks Legal Interns for both their Litigation Department and Maryland Office to be based at their Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD.

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis and Salisbury, Maryland; Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. CBF's headquarters office is in the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, a “cutting edge,” environmentally responsible building located in Annapolis, Maryland.

CBF's headquarters - the Philip Merrill Environmental Center – in Annapolis is the world’s first USGBC LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach; the Brock Center is the tenth certified Living Building and one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 226,000 members, volunteers, and other supporters. For more information on CBF please visit

Context of the Position

While legal interns with CBF work directly under attorneys, they also work with scientists, lobbyists, public relations staff, and planners.  Interns may work with outside staff from other environmental organizations or governmental agencies as well.  Work often involves some travel.  Interns have much independence and responsibility while working with CBF.  Interns are strongly encouraged to attend at least one of CBF’s educational field trips (canoeing, work boat, skipjack, etc.) for a direct experience with the natural resources CBF strives to protect.

Essential Functions

Legal intern activities with CBF involve a broad range of policy, legislative, regulatory and legal matters.  Duties may include:

•    Review materials including governmental agency records and reports in support of developing litigation
•    Prepare comments on proposed regulatory actions
•    Assist in the preparation of legal documents necessary to initiate or continue litigation such as administrative petitions, amicus briefs, motions and legal memoranda to courts
•    Help to prepare policy positions and presentations, craft proposed legislation, and monitor legislative study committees
•    Work with staff to investigate and critique implementation of state laws and regulations
•    Conduct legal research on a broad range of environmental issues
•    Work with staff to experience “on-the-ground” environmental activities 

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Applicants must be second or third year law students or LLM students and must have a good understanding of our available legal research tool, Lexis Advance.  Prior environmental law course-work is also strongly preferred.  We seek independent, creative thinkers who will help us to act wisely and in the public interest as we strive to “Save the Bay”.

Legal internships during the summer are expected to last 10-12 weeks and interns are expected to work full-time during this period.  Students may elect to receive credit for their internships through their colleges or receive a stipend through CBF.  Only one may be chosen and requests must be made clear prior to start of position. 

How to Apply

To apply, please send resume and cover letter explaining your interest in CBF and indicate the internship you wish to apply for (Maryland Office or Litigation Department) by March 1, 2018 to:

Human Resources/FY18-009-SLI
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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