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 "2016 Stanback Opportunity" (including the quotation marks):

Organization/Position Title Location Deadline
Defenders of Wildlife: Conservation Law Intern Washington, DC or Denver, CO January 26
League of Conservation Voters: Law Clerk Washington, DC January 26
NRDC: Summer Clean Air Inter Washington, DC January 26
NRDC: New York Program New York, NY January 26
NC Sustainable Energy Association: Legal Policy Intern Raleigh, NC January 26
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy: Legal Conservation Intern Asheville, NC January 26
Earthjustice: Clean Air & Clean Water Law Internship Washington, DC February 29
Earthjustice: Northwest Litigation & Policy Clerk Seattle, WA February 29
Earthjustice: Protecting Florida's Waters Law Clerk Tallahassee, FL February 29
Earthjustice: Working toward a Sustainable Future Law Clerk Tallahassee, FL February 29
Earthjustice: Food System Intern New York, NY February 29

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 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)
American Rivers Southeast Energy/Climate Intern would likely be good. Charlottesville, VA
Audubon North Carolina The climate policy intern could be of interest to those looking for policy work. Chapel Hill, NC
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
Clean Water for North Carolina The Research Intern position would be good for further developing research and writing skills. Asheville, NC
Conservattion Land Trust of North Carolina Government Relations intern in Raleigh would likely be good. Raleigh, NC
Dogwood Alliance Forests & Climate Intern would be a good position for law students. Asheville, 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 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 political intern position would work well for a law student; the legislative research and data analysis position is less ideal, but would build research skills. Raleigh, NC
National Parks Conservation Association The two legal positions, along with the Policy Research Fellow position, would be good for law students. Washington, DC
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 position 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


Key Dates:

  • Review Summer 2016 internships on Duke Environment Career Link from January 1 - 25 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 25. 
  • If selected for an on campus interview, attend the Stanback Interview Day at the Searle Center on Friday, February 26.

Miss the Stanback Program on January 15th?
Here is the Powerpoint presentation.