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Legal Internship (Spring and Summer)

Hours per Week: 10 – 20 hours
Schedule: February 12, 2024 to July 26, 2024
Location Columbus, Ohio (Remote Work is possible)
Supervisor Chris Tavenor

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.


Legal Interns will assist the organization’s Law Center with its numerous projects related to Energy, Democracy, Water, Lands, and other matters of nonprofit law. Potential work product could include the following activities:

  • Research legal questions that support the OEC’s cases in various venues, particularly the Ohio Power Siting Board and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
  • Assist in drafting comments regarding proposed administrative rulemakings at the Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and other agencies
  • 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


  • 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.


The paid internship is a seasonal position and will receive an hourly wage of $15 for up to 20 hours a week.

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.” Top candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis, and we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The Application Window will close on January 12, 2024.