Internship Opportunities

SELC hires law clerks during the school year and in the summer at all three of our core offices - Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; and Atlanta, GA – as well as our satellite offices in Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Birmingham, AL; and Nashville, TN.

Clerks can expect to do research and writing on issues for litigation or for other environmental advocacy in a substantive area. Depending on the project area, research may include federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, and procedural and evidentiary issues. In addition to doing research, clerks also participate in strategy sessions and other aspects of case or project management. Clerks may also be involved in meetings on environmental policy with government officials and leaders of other environmental groups. We hold periodic seminars to introduce the clerks to a wide range of environmental issues and projects. Other special events and outings, including a summer hike or canoe trip, are regularly held.

I shadowed two staff lobbyists at the North Carolina State Legislative Building and attended town hall meetings with an attorney who specializes in sustainability and transportation. These experiences gave me a deeper understanding of the role environmental attorneys play at the local government level.”

—Anthony Alexander, SELC Intern 2017-2018

SELC believes that learning from actual experience is an important component of legal education. In addition to our summer internship program, we strongly urge second- and third-year law students to take advantage of our semester-long externship programs. Once a student has been accepted into this program, we will work with the faculty of the sponsoring law school to plan the program and ensure that all requirements for credit are met.

View a Northeastern Law School Magazine profile of Anthony Alexander’s rewarding internship experience in our Chapel Hill office. Read More »

About SELC: With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact. 

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. It currently has a staff of over 140 individuals, with over 80 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields.

I grew up with the forest as my home. It is close to heart, and something I want to continue to protect through work like I did this summer.”

—Hallie Lipsey, SELC Intern 2018

SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board.  We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment of the South. The South has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity. To better fulfill its mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff. We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.

Salaries for Summer Interns: Legal interns receive $750 per week from SELC for the ten-week summer internship. SELC does not reduce this amount if interns receive additional outside funding. Each Fellow will be guaranteed an interview for future associate attorney positions that become available within three years of completion of the fellowship.

Applications: The application consists of a cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript or grade report (with date of birth and social security number redacted) and a reference list. Students should send their applications only to the office where they would prefer to work at the addresses indicated below. Students who wish to be considered by more than one office should send their applications to each of the preferred offices. In this case, every cover letter should clearly state the various office locations where applications are being received.

Deadlines for applications from second-year law students is October 15 for the following summer. Final decisions are made by the end of the year.

For more information on SELC's Summer Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship.

Send applications for the Charlottesville office to:

Allison Love
Southern Environmental Law Center
201 West Main Street, Suite 14
Charlottesville, VA 22902

or email:
alove@selcva.org

Send applications for the Chapel Hill office to:

Lauren Fry
Southern Environmental Law Center
601 West Rosemary Street, Suite 220
Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2356

or email:
lfry@selcnc.org

Send applications for the Asheville office to:

Carter Lewis
Southern Environmental Law Center
48 Patton Avenue, Suite 304
Asheville, NC 28801

or email:
clewis@selcnc.org

Send applications for the Charleston office to:

Rachel Pruzin
Southern Environmental Law Center
463 King Street
Suite B
Charleston, SC 29403

or email:
rpruzin@selcsc.org

Send applications for the Atlanta office to:

Mary Margaret Pearce
Southern Environmental Law Center
Ten 10th Street NW
Suite 1050
Atlanta, GA 30303

or email:
mmpearce@selcga.org

Send applications for the Birmingham office to:

Gina Lowry
Southern Environmental Law Center
2829 Second Avenue South
Suite 282
Birmingham, Alabama 35233

or email:
glowry@selcal.org

Send applications for the Nashville office to:

Rachel Chu
Southern Environmental Law Center
1033 Demonbreun Street
Suite 205
Nashville, TN 37203

or email:
rchu@selctn.org

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.