Summer Legal Internship

The Southern Environmental Law Center is currently accepting applications for Summer Legal Internships. Interns will work in one of the following offices: Asheville, NC; Atlanta, GA; Chapel Hill, NC; Charleston, SC; Charlottesville, VA; Nashville, TN.

This position is intended for second-year law students, and it provides the opportunity to be an integral part of a team working on a full range of issues of particular importance to the South – clean air, clean and adequate water, energy, forests, coasts and communities. It is a 10-week assignment.

Interns can expect to do research and writing on litigation or 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 research and writing, interns will also participate in strategy sessions, document review, client meetings, site visits, and other aspects of case or project management.

Interns may also observe depositions, hearings, meetings on environmental policy with government officials and leaders of other environmental groups. We hold periodic seminars or lunch and learn sessions to introduce interns to a wide range of environmental issues and projects. Other special events and outings, including a summer hike or canoe trip, are regularly held.

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. For over thirty-three years, SELC has worked on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although our regional focus is the Southeast, much of our 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. The organization currently has a staff of over 150 individuals, with over 75 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at

SELC believes that a broad range of ideas, life experiences, and backgrounds enriches our workplace, drives innovative thinking, and attracts highly talented people who seek a work environment that values the unique contributions of individual team members. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this belief. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflects the rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment. We are looking for people to join us in this effort. Persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.

Criteria for Consideration:

  • Interest in environmental or non-profit career
  • Community service work
  • Academic achievement
  • A genuine interest in and commitment to helping SELC foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace
  • We value a demonstrated commitment to working with communities of color and other vulnerable communities


  • Must be a second-year law student attending and in good standing at an American Bar Association accredited law school
  • Must have a strong undergraduate and law school record
  • Must possess excellent writing skills

Compensation: Legal interns receive $750 per week from SELC for the 10-week summer internship. SELC does not reduce this amount if interns receive additional outside funding.

Applications: To apply, click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below to be directed to an online application process where you may upload your application materials.  Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript or grade report (with date of birth and social security number redacted), and three references.

Applicants also have the opportunity to apply for the Glynn D. Key Summer Intern Fellowship, which is part of our summer internship program. To learn more about the Glynn D. Key Fellowship, click here. Additional application documents are required to apply for this fellowship.

The application deadline for general internships is October 1. We encourage students to apply to the Glynn D. Key Summer Intern Fellowship by September 1, and we plan to extend those offers by September 15. We will accept and review applications for both opportunities on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

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