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Legal Intern

Ohio Environmental Council, February 2, 2021

Hours per Week: 20 – 25 hours per week (seasonal employment)

Schedule: May 31, 2021 for 10 (flexible start and end date permitted)

Location Columbus, Ohio

Supervisor Trent Dougherty, General Counsel

Deadline: March 1, 2021 

Remote WFH permitted, in-office work preferred, pending COVID-19 circumstances.

The Ohio Environmental Council wants to support the next generation of environmental legal champions. We are seeking legal interns for seasonal summer employment with a passion for environmental justice and the writing/research skills necessary to join the OEC’s Law Center. In addition to one paid legal internship position, we are also able to accept an additional legal intern who has external funding available. Applying for the paid position does not preclude an applicant from being accepted with external funding for the second position.


Legal Interns will assist the organization’s Law Center with its numerous projects. Potential work product could include the following activities:

  • Research legal questions that assist the OEC Advocacy Center 
  • Assist the General Counsel and Staff Attorney in drafting comments regarding proposed Ohio EPA Rulemakings
  • Write memos analyzing important issues in 501(c)(3) nonprofit law, elections law, and voter protection
  • Explore complex environmental legal questions that further the OEC’s mission


The paid internship is a seasonal position and will receive an hourly wage of $13 for 20 – 25 hours a week. We are also seeking an additional legal intern who has external funding available.


  • Enrolled at an ABA accredited law school
  • Strong passion for public interest law 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Able to work Independently and on a team
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills are highly desirable
  • Adheres to the highest ethical standards
  • Conducts work through the lens of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion to ensure all Ohioans have equal access to the environmental movement.

About the OEC

The Ohio Environmental Council is the state’s most comprehensive, effective and respected environmental advocate for a healthier, more sustainable Ohio. Our experts work daily to restore, protect, and strengthen the quality of life for families and communities — from the air we breathe and the water we drink to the food we eat and natural resources we enjoy. Find out more at

The OEC is committed to inclusion and diversity. We seek to hire and uplift staff that reflects the diverse communities and perspectives that comprise Ohio. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

The OEC prohibits discrimination of employment, promotion, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of gender, disability, race, age, national origin, color, creed, sexual orientation, sex (including marital and parental status), gender identity and expression, religion, economic status, ethnic identity, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject of “Legal Internship Application.” If you have external funding available, please make this clear in your cover letter. The application will close on March 1, 2021, with final decisions made by April 1, 2021 following an interview process.