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

Current Postings

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. Please email Stella Boswell if you have any quesitons. 

The following law-specific positions can be found on Symplicity by searching for "2017 Stanback Opportunity" (including the quotation marks):

Organization/Position Title Location Deadline
Defenders of Wildlife: Conservation Law Internship  Washington, DC January 29
Duke Law Environmental Law & Policy Clinic: Legal Intern Durham, NC January 29
North Carolina Conservation Network: Water Law & Policy Intern Raleigh, NC January 29
NRDC: Summer Clean Air Intern Washington, DC January 29
NRDC: Factory Farm Legal Intern Washington, DC January 29
NRDC: Pollinators Campaign Chicago, IL January 29
NRDC: Summer Wildlife Legal Intern Bozeman, MT January 29
SELC: Environmental Legal Intern Various Locations February 17
Earthjustice: Protecting Florida's Waters Law Clerk Tallahassee, FL February 28
Earthjustice: Working toward a Sustainable Future Law Clerk Tallahassee, FL February 28
Earthjustice: Environmental Litigation Clerk Washington, DC February 28

The following table displays positions that are on the Duke Environment Career Link site, and whose organizations have indicated they would interested in hiring a law student. Some of these positions may not be law specific, but would fit well with the skill sets that law students possess. Many positions in the policy, government affairs or legislative areas may be of interest to law students as well. Please note: there will be around 150 Stanback internships available; some are listed on this page, but be sure to check out Career Link to see the entire list. It is a manual process to gain access to the Career Link site, please fill out this survey.

Organization Description Location(s)
Conservation Trust for North Carolina The Government Affairs Intern and the Legal Assistant Intern positions would be good for law students. Raleigh, NC
Environmental Defense Fund The Conserving Marine and Coastal Ecosystems in Cuba Legal/Policy Intern position would be good for law students. Raleigh, NC
Environmental Working Group The Legal Intern position would be good, as well as the Government Affairs Intern.

Washington, DC

League of Conservation Voters (DC) The Law Clerk and the Policy and Lobbying position is a good government affairs position for a law student. The other positions are less ideal for a law student.  Washington, DC
League of Conservation Voters (NC) The Legislative and Policy Intern would be a good fit for a law student. Raleigh, NC
National Parks Conservation Association The legal position, along with the Clean Air Intern position, would be good for law students. Washington, DC
National Wildlife Refuge Association The Conservation Policy Intern would be a good fit for a law student. Washington, DC
North Carolina Conservation Network All positions could be good for law students. Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association The Energy Policy Intern and the Legal Policy Intern would be good for law students. Raleigh, NC
Population Connection The Public Policy Internship would be good for students interested in government relations. Washington, DC
Population Institute The Public Policy Fellow would be a good position for law students. Washington, DC
Rachel Caron Council, Inc. The Energy, Health and Environmental Justice Intern position would be good for law students. Washington, DC


Key Dates:

  • Review Summer 2017 internships on Duke Environment Career Link from January 1 - 29 using the Job Search Advanced Search feature for Stanback Internships.
  • Submit your resume, cover letter, and any other requested documents to any internships of interest by January 29. 
  • If selected for an on campus interview, attend the Stanback Interview Day at the Searle Center on Friday, February 24.

Miss the Stanback Program on January 13th?

Here is the Powerpoint presentation.