Summer Internship/Fellowship: Southern Environmental Law Center, Summer Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship (Deadline: Sept. 15, 2016, Location in various SELC offices in NC, GA, AL, TN)

This seems like a plum fellowship with a second-largest public interest environmental law firm in the country.  Note the $10K award that seems to be awarded at successful completion of fellowship.


The Southern Environmental Law Center is accepting applications for its 2017 Summer Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship. This is a new position to SELC and 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 – in addition to working with our Diversity Coordinator to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  It is a 10 week assignment.

The Fellow can expect to do research and writing on litigation or other environmental advocacy in a substantive area as well as on diversity in the workplace. Research may include federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, procedural and evidentiary issues as well as legal and non-legal research on diversity. In addition to research and writing, the Fellow will also participate in strategy sessions, document review, client meetings, site visits, and other aspects of case or project management. At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow will give an oral presentation on a substantive environmental issue and receive extensive feedback.

The Fellow 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 the Fellow to a wide range of environmental issues and projects. Other special events and outings, including a summer hike or canoe trip, are held each summer.

About SELC:

With offices across the region (core offices in Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; and satellite offices in Asheville, NC; Charleston, SC; Birmingham, AL; Washington, DC; Richmond, VA; and Nashville, TN), SELC uses law and policy expertise to protect the South’s natural resources and to preserve our rural countryside and community character. Although our regional focus is the Southeast, much of our work is national in scope and impact. Our legal and policy staff comprises some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields, and over its 30 year history, SELC has earned a reputation as one of the most effective environmental organizations in the country.  We currently have a staff of over 100.

Criteria for Consideration:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Interest in environmental or non-profit career
  • Community service work
  • Academic achievement


  • 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


The selected Fellow will receive $500 per week from SELC for the ten-week summer fellowship. SELC does not reduce this amount if the fellow receives additional outside funding. The Fellow will be guaranteed an interview for future associate attorney positions that become available within three years of completion of the fellowship.


The Diversity and Inclusion Fellow will receive a nonrenewable award of $10,000* for his/her community service, academic achievement, and demonstrated diversity work. The $10,000 award is contingent upon accepting and successfully completing the summer fellowship.

*$10,000 less applicable payroll and withholding taxes

To Apply:

Applications should include a cover letter emphasizing your interest in this fellowship, resume, writing sample, transcript or grade report (with date of birth and social security number redacted) and a reference list. The cover letter should include office preference(s) (Chapel Hill, Charlottesville, Atlanta, Charleston, Asheville, Birmingham or Nashville) and should specify whether you would also like to be considered for our Summer Clerkship. Applications are due by September 15, 2016. Applications received between September 16 and October 15 will be considered for our Summer Clerkship. Submit applications to:

Brienne McKay
Southern Environmental Law Center
601 West Rosemary St., Suite 220
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. We strongly encourage applications from persons of all backgrounds.


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