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MD Legal Interns (Summer 2017- Paid)
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation seeks Legal Interns for both their Litigation Department and Maryland Office to be based at their Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters located in Annapolis, MD.


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional non-profit conservation organization working solely to save the Bay. Established in 1967, CBF has a staff of approximately 185 employees working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C., and in 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF's headquarters office in Annapolis, MD is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened The Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, VA. The Brock Center is one of the most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings in the world.

CBF has an annual budget of approximately $21 million and is supported by more than 200,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF please visit


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.  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.

Essential functions include:

Legal intern activities with CBF involve a broad range of policy, legislative, regulatory, and legal matters.  Duties may include:

  • Prepare comments on proposed regulatory actions
  • Help to prepare policy positions and presentations, craft proposed legislation, and monitor legislative study committees
  • Work with staff to investigate and critique implementation of state laws and regulations
  • Review documents in support of litigation
  • Assist in preparation of administrative petitions, amicus briefs, and litigation documents
  • Conduct legal research on a broad range of environmental issues
  • Help with management of legal projects
  • Work with other staff to experience “on-the-ground” environmental activities


Applicants must be second or third-year law students or LLM 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”.

Legal internships during the summer are expected to last 10-12 weeks and interns are expected to work full-time during this period.  Students may elect to receive credit for their internships through their colleges or receive a stipend through CBF.  Only one option may be chosen and requests must be made clear prior to starting the position. 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter explaining your interest in CBF and indicate the internship you wish to apply for (Maryland Office or Litigation Department) by March 1, 2017 to:

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