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Internship Opportunities


Location: U.S. EPA East, Washington, DC (Federal Triangle metro stop)
Salary: Unpaid. Students may work as academic (for credit) interns or as unpaid law clerks or externs.
Hours: Full-time/semester-in-practice (40 hours per week) or part-time (at least 15 hours per week)
Other requirements: Must be a continuing law student and enrolled in law school for the semester following
the internship. Students must have U.S. citizenship.

Office Description: The Environmental Appeals Board (Board) is the final EPA decision maker on administrative
appeals under all major environmental statutes that EPA administers. The Board was created in 1992 in recognition
of the growing importance of EPA adjudicatory proceedings as a mechanism for implementing and enforcing
environmental laws. The Board’s four Environmental Appeals Judges are independent of all Agency components and
report directly to the Office of the Administrator. The judges, who are responsible for Board decisions, generally sit in
panels of three and make decisions by majority vote. The Board's caseload consists primarily of appeals from permit
decisions and civil penalty decisions, as well as petitions for reimbursement of costs incurred in complying with cleanup orders
issued under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). The
Board decides these matters pursuant to a delegation of authority from the EPA Administrator. Additional information about the
Board is available at www.epa.gov/eab.

Position Description: The Board seeks legal internsto assist both the Environmental Appeals Judges and
Counsel to the Board to conduct legal research, analyze applicable law and the administrative record, draft legal
memoranda, and prepare final decisions. In addition to excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills,
the Board seeks applicants with an interest in environmental law, administrative law, or appellate litigation.
Experience in any of these areas is a plus. The Board will consider applications from 1L and 2L law students;
rising 3L students who wish to work in the fall or winter/spring semester of their 3L year also may apply. Start
and end dates are negotiable. Summer positions are full-time only and require a commitment of at least eight
weeks. Fall and winter/spring positions may be full-time or part-time and require a commitment of at least ten

How to Apply:
• Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript, and references by the
appropriate deadline:
• Email transmission of application materials is preferred; please include your full name in the subject

Contact Person:
Susan Gardinier
Counsel to the Board
(202) 233-0122
Gardinier.Susan @ epa.gov

Intern-Extern Program 2014-15.pdfIntern-Extern Program 2014-15.pdf

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