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 in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, but this may be curtailed due to COVID-19. 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. Legal intern activities with CBF involve a broad range of legal matters.

Essential Functions

  • Analyze federal and state environmental laws, regulations, and administrative processes
  • 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
  • Work with staff to investigate and critique implementation of state laws and regulations
  • Conduct legal research on a broad range of environmental issues
  • Participate in staff meetings, strategy sessions, and at least one CBF filed experience.

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Applicants must be second- or third-year law students and must have a good understanding of our available legal research tool, Lexis Advance. Prior environmental law coursework 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”. Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Ability to receive and give supportive feedback to foster equity and inclusion in working relationships.