Stanback Program

What is the Stanback Internship Program?

The Stanback Internship program provides Duke students with significant summer work experience in advocacy, environmental policy, grassroots conservation, and applied resource management. The program is run by the Nicholas School of the Environment through the generous support of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Stanback. The program is a partnership between the Nicholas School and targeted environmental organizations.

Stanback Internship positions are unique because they are open only to Duke students. Students earn a stipend of $5,000 for 11 weeks of full-time work. Many of the internships with Stanback sponsorship are for direct legal positions in litigation or corporate work, while others of interest that also build transferable legal skills include those in government or legislative affairs or policy.

Students do not have to be interested in environmental careers long term or have prior environmental experience but should see these internships as opportunities to develop a wide range of skills that are transferable to many practice areas.

For more general information about the Stanback Program, please visit the Nicholas School website. For questions and more information regarding positions available and suitable for law students, please email Emily Sharples or Stella Boswell


Stanback positions for 2L students will continue coming in, and the page will be updated for 1Ls after December 1.

In order to simplify the application process for law students, positions currently available, along with their deadlines, have been listed below and all can be found in Symplicity (tip: search "Stanback" in job postings and include the quotation marks). Please email Emily Sharples if you have any quesitons.

Organization/Position Title Location Deadline
Earthjustice: International Environmental Law to Protect People and the Planet San Francisco, CA December 29, 2014
NRDC: New York Program Intern New York, NY January 26
Earthjustice: Clean Water Act Tallahassee, FL January 31
Earthjustice: Earthjustice Coal Litigation Philadelphia, PA January 31
Earthjustice Northeast: Holding Industry Accountable for Clean Water Act Violations New York, NY January 31
Earthjustice: Agriculture & Clean Air Act Law Clerk Tallahassee, FL January 31
Earthjustice: Litigation & Policy Intern Washington, DC February 28
Earthjustcie: Clean Air and Clean Water Law Internship Wasthington, DC March 31
Defenders of Wildlife: Summer 2015 Conservation Law Internship Washington, DC March 31