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ELI Externship

ELI Logo The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) externship affords one Vanderbilt Law student each semester a remarkable opportunity to work on cutting-edge environmental law issues with a talented, experienced group of environmental law and policy experts at ELI's office in Washington, D.C.

ELI is an independent, non-partisan, environmental education and policy research center that has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy and management, domestically and abroad. ELI is governed by a Board of Directors that presents a balanced mix of leaders within the environmental profession. Support for the Institute comes from individuals, foundations, governments, corporations, law firms and other sources.

Duties of the ELI Legal Extern

The extern works directly with ELI staff attorneys on projects involving domestic and international environmental and natural resource protection law. Specific subject areas may include wetlands and watershed policy, air and water pollution, environmental enforcement, sustainable land use law and policy, and international environmental policy. The extern may conduct library and internet research, assist with preparation for environmental training courses, conduct telephone interviews, attend and report on outside events, and review and summarize scholarly material. In addition, the extern works on an annual conference convened by Vanderbilt Law School and ELI that brings together academics, practitioners and policy-makers to explore the best environmental law and policy ideas from the academy each year. The extern also assists with the editing and production of ELI publications, including the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), the National Wetlands Newsletter (NWN), and The Environmental Forum (TEF). Externs support editors of these periodicals by conducting research, blue booking, and monitoring and summarizing current events. The extern also attends ELI seminars and events during the externship.


To be considered for the ELI externship, candidates must demonstrate:

  • Superior research and writing skills
  • Strong academic performance
  • Strong communication skills

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit the following via email to Linda Breggin, Senior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute:

  • Cover letter that addresses your personal goals and interests, as well as your experience and interest in environmental law and policy
  • Resume
  • List of references
  • Writing sample

Submit your application before November 30 to be considered for the spring semester and before July 30 for the fall semester.

The Environmental Law Institute is strongly committed to providing equal employment opportunities and to achieving an inclusive, diverse workplace that values every individual. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.