Stanback Internship Program

Main Content


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.

Past Opportunities

This list is for reference purposes. Please log in under "Current Students" for current postings. 

Earthjustice: Environmental Litigation Clerk (Washington, DC)
Earthjustice: Protecting Florida's Water Law Clerk (Tallahassee, FL)
Earthjustice: Working toward a Sustainable Future Law Clerk (Tallahassee, FL)
Defenders of Wildlife: Conservation Law Intern (Washington, DC)
Duke Law Environmental Law & Policy Clinic: Legal Intern (Durham, NC)
National Resources Defense Council: Clean Air Legal Intern (Washington, DC)
National Resources Defense Council: Pollinators Campaign Legal Intern (Chicago, IL)
National Resources Defense Council: Factory Farm Legal Intern (Washington, DC)
National Resources Defense Council: Wildlife Legal Intern (Bozeman, MT)
North Carolina Conservation Network: Water Law & Policy Intern (Raleigh, NC)
Southern Environmental Law Center: Environmental Legal Intern(Various Offices)