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
NRDC: New York Program Intern New York, NY October 31
Earthjustice: Protecting Alaska's Forest and Other Natural Resources Juneau, AK October 31
Earthjustcie: Clean Air and Clean Water Law Internship Washington, DC November 15
Earthjustice: Northwest Litigation & Policy Clerk Seattle, WA November 15
Earthjustice: Clean Water Act Tallahassee, FL November 30
Earthjustice: Earthjustice Coal Litigation Philadelphia, PA November 30
Earthjustice Northeast: Holding Industry Accountable for Clean Water Act Violations New York, NY November 30
Earthjustice: Litigation & Policy Intern Washington, DC November 30
Earthjustice: Agriculture & Clean Air Act Law Clerk Tallahassee, FL November 30
Defenders of Wildlife: Summer 2015 Conservation Law Internship Washington, DC March 31, 2015