The Advocacy & Policy team at USGBC provides community leaders and policymakers, at every level of government with the tools, strategies, and resources they need to inspire action toward a sustainable built environment.
The legal intern will conduct research and analysis of federal, state, and local government policies, and prepare fact sheets, summaries, and comment letters.
The position is an unpaid part-time internship, approximately 8- 20 hours/week, open to law school students only. USGBC welcomes participation in school public interest law programs offering law student stipends, or school programs offering credits for internships; and we will complete any required documentation and evaluations. We are currently seeking applicants for Fall 2022.
To apply: Please email email@example.com your resume and a letter of interest and cc: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email subject line must include: Your last name, Law and Policy Intern, semester applied for.
Subject: Jones, Law and Policy Intern, Fall 2022
Please indicate in the cover letter the preferred number of hours/week, and whether your law school provides funding or credit for internships.
Applications not meeting these requirements will not be considered.
The learning objectives of this internship include:
- Understanding the benefits of green building and operations practices
- Developing experience in non-profit workplace and sector
- Enhanced understanding of legislative and regulatory process through tracking and analyzing policy development
- Developing ability to identify relevant provisions of law and regulation and to clearly express implications of bills and proposals through research and writing projects, as well as outreach to advocates and stakeholders about policy priorities
- Understanding of how USGBC expands the market for LEED and green building through policy and advocacy
The intern will receive appropriate guidance and training, and with supervision will take on responsibilities which may include:
- Identifying and tracking bills and policies using data systems and analyzing impacts
- Researching laws, regulations, and policies, and analyzing proposed amendments
- Support advocacy projects through such tasks as analyzing proposed bills, developing letters or position papers, drafting bill language or amendments, developing fact sheets and other collateral, identifying decision makers and stakeholders, and participating in outreach to allies and stakeholders
- Virtually attending one or more Congressional hearings or meetings
- Writing blogs/articles relevant to assignments
- Assist in teamwide projects and events, such as policymaker and advocate outreach for Greenbuild, LEED Top Ten, etc.
- Excellent analytical and writing skills;
- Legal research skills;
- Knowledge of how a bill becomes a law;
- A demonstrated interest in environmental, land use, or energy law, and the public sector; and
- Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred.
EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES
- Currently enrolled student at a law school
- Coursework or experience in politics, government, or environmental, land use, or energy law, highly preferred.