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 Emily Sharples if you have any quesitons. 

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

Organization/Position Title Location Deadline
NC Conservation Network: Legislative Monitoring & Policy Analysis Intern Raleigh, NC January 26
NC Conservation Network: State Toxics Regulations, Comparative Analysis Intern Raleigh, NC January 26
NC Conservation Network: State Water Rules Analysis Intern Raleigh, NC January 26
NC WARN: Energy Policy & Legal Issues Intern Durham, NC January 26
NC WARN: Energy Research Intern Durham, NC January 26
NRDC: New York Program Intern New York, NY January 26
NRDC: International (India) Intern Washington, DC January 26
NRDC: Mid-West Intern Chicago, IL January 26
NC Sustainable Energy Association: Legal Policy Intern Raleigh, NC January 26
Sierra Club: Environmental Law Program Internships San Francisco, CA 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

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 are over 180 Stanback internships available; some are listed on this page, but be sure to check out Career Link to see the entire list.

Organization Description Location(s)
Appalachian Voices Best position for law students would likely be Grassroots Organizing Fellow. Charlottesville, VA
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League Multiple positions with research and legislative tasks
Various locations
Clean Air Carolina Likely not good for law students, though some legislative work Charlotte and Chapel Hill, NC
Conservation Land Trust of North Carolina Government Relations Intern in Raleigh would likely be good. Raleigh, NC
Clean Water for North Carolina The Research Intern position would be good for further developing research and writing skills. Asheville, NC
Environmental Working Group The Legal Intern position would be good, as well as the Government Affairs Intern.

Washington, DC

Greenpeace Interns will engage in legal research in areas such as environmental issues or criminal matters for activists who engage in non-violent disobedience. Washington, DC
League of Conservation Voters LCV created a new Legal Intern position that will be good for law students. The Policy and Lobbying position is a good government affairs position for a law student. The position as a campaign intern will have some government affairs work but is likely less ideal for a law student. The position as a communications intern is not a good position for a law student. The Fundraising Research, State Capacity Building and Campaigns Field Internships are not good positions for law students. Washington, DC
National Parks Conservation Association The two legal positions, along with the Policy Research Fellow position, would be good for law students. Washington, DC
NC Sustainable Energy Association Very good position for law students. Raleigh, NC
North Carolina League of Conservation Voters Both policy internships would be good for law students. Raleigh, NC
National Wildlife Refuge Association The Conservation Program and Conservation Policy Internships would be good for law students. Washington, DC
North Carolina Coastal Federation The Policy Associate position will improve research and writing skills, as well as knowledge of coastal advocacy law and policy. Newport, 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 positions for law students. Washington, DC
Southern Environmental Law Center The Summer Legal Internships would be good for law students and are in various offices. There are three possible internships for students. Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia