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CIEL Internship and Fellowship Programs

For over 20 years, CIEL has trained more than 350 Interns from 53 countries. During 2010, CIEL hosted 25 interns from around the world, including Jamaica, Chile, Turkey, Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom, as well as a Louis B. Sohn Fellow from Nepal.

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Internships & Fellowships In Washington, D.C.

About My Internship Experience at CIEL

"I learned as much at CIEL in one summer as I did in an entire semester of law school!  The projects were enriching and varied, and I really discovered the role that NGOs and civil society play in the political and legal process."

- Paula Kweskin, Summer 2009
Legal Researcher, NGO Monitor (Jerusalem, Israel)

The Center for International Environmental Law's intern/extern/fellowship program offers lawyers, law students and other exceptionally motivated students and graduates excellent opportunities to gain experience in the field of international environmental law. Externs work full or part-time during the school year, usually receiving credit from their schools. Summer interns typically work full-time during the summer months. Fellows serve full-time for varied terms.  Due to limited resources, internships, externships and fellowships are unpaid. We do not consider undergraduates for legal internships.

Responsibilities of an intern or fellow include researching and writing about areas of international law and policy; assisting with policy analysis and advocacy; attending meetings and conferences; assisting with the production of CIEL publications; and otherwise working closely with CIEL staff on various projects.

Successful applicants generally possess excellent research and writing skills and a strong dedication to public interest law, and have completed coursework on international human rights law, international environmental law, or have comparable real-world experience. CIEL actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds.

To apply for internships or fellowships in Washington, D.C., please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not legal memo from 1L writing class) to, or mail them to:

Center for International Environmental Law
Attention Intern Coordinator
1350 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20036

We accept applications on a rolling basis for Fall, Spring and Summer Internships. Please state your desired time period in your application.

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Law Fellowships & Working At CIEL

Timothy T. Jones“CIEL certainly had a full stable of highly talented environmental lawyers and activists. Working with CIEL prepared me to work for the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation and I look back on that year of work with very fond memories.

It’s interesting- -so many top leaders came through the doors of CIEL, from Greenpeace, academia, to industry and the best law firms. CIEL touched a lot of people who in turn have done great things for the environment all over the world .”

- Timothy T. Jones, Former Law Fellow, 1995 Environmental Attorney

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