Internship Opportunities

Annually SELC hires summer law interns, typically in our Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Asheville, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Birmingham, AL; and Nashville, TN offices.

Interns can expect to do a variety of legal research and writing on issues for litigation purposes or for other environmental advocacy efforts. Depending on the project area, research may involve federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, including procedural and evidentiary issues. In addition to doing research, interns are immersed in case and project management, and encouraged to partake in educational out-of-office opportunities. For example, interns may join meetings on environmental policy with government officials and leaders of other environmental groups, watch court hearings, attend depositions, or participate in public hearings. We hold periodic seminars to introduce our summer interns to a wide range of environmental issues and projects, and host other special events and outings, including a summer hike or canoe trip.

Learn how staffer Jean Zhuang went from intern to attorney.

About SELC: The Southern Environmental Law Center is one of the nation’s most powerful defenders of the environment, rooted in the South. With a long track record, SELC takes on the toughest environmental challenges in court, in government, and in our communities to protect our region’s air, water, climate, wildlife, lands, and people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, the organization has a staff of over 170, including more than 80 attorneys, and is headquartered in Charlottesville, VA., with offices in Asheville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Nashville, Richmond, and Washington, DC.

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

At our core, we are place-based, rooted in our region, and connected with the communities and clients we serve. We believe in an equitable and inclusive workplace that reflects the rich racial and cultural diversity of our region and allows diverse perspectives to come to the forefront. We approach our work with the highest level of integrity, holding ourselves to high standards with an emphasis on honesty, accountability, and thoughtfulness. We value collaboration and camaraderie, realizing we are strongest when we work together and knowing that everyone has a critical role to play. We strive for impact through a strategic, bold, pragmatic, and ambitious outlook that is dedicated to achieving powerful results. We believe in these values and in the power of SELC. We hope you consider joining us. Learn more at https://www.southernenvironment.org/.

Compensation 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.

To Apply: To learn more about our general Summer Internships and submit an application, click here.

To learn more about the Glynn D. Key Summer Intern Fellowship position, click here.

Questions? Contact hiring@selcva.org with any internship-related inquiries.