Internships and Fellowships
Crag offers various internship and legal fellowship programs aimed at grooming future leaders in advancing environmental justice.
Training the Next Generation
Crag’s office is buzzing with energy with the arrival of summer associates and interns. From legal research to revamping our website, Crag benefits immensely from the skills and dedication that these volunteers bring. It is our hope that we, in turn, help these incredible people on their paths to becoming effective environmental advocates. Read our various programs to see how Crag can help you develop your own passion for protecting the environment.
People come to our organization with differing backgrounds and experiences. All of them share a passion for the environment and a commitment to social justice and they look to the Crag to help put their skills to work in the public interest.
Legal Interns/Externs and Summer Associates
Through our Summer Associate and year-round Internship and Externship programs, Crag provides opportunities for law students to gain hands-on experience working at a public interest environmental law center with the option of earning academic credit. Law students work one-on-one with a Crag staff attorney, gaining exposure to a full case docket, engaging with clients, and producing legal documents for our active cases.
The Summer Associates work with their supervising attorney on litigation and client projects often involving federal and/or state environmental laws, including NEPA, the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Forest Management Act, land use laws, the public trust doctrine, and more. The work involves conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, memoranda and/or correspondence, and assisting the attorneys in preparing for argument in state and federal courts. Summer Associates are also involved with organizing client campaigns, outreach and education activities, site visits, and fieldwork. Past interns and associates have moved on to leadership positions with conservation groups, as well as legislatures and environmental enforcement agencies.
Legal Fellow Program
In recent years, we have developed and grown a successful legal fellowship program that provides young attorneys a unique opportunity to establish a career in public interest environmental law.
In 2013, thanks to two generous seed grants, Crag launched our Legal Fellow program, creating two positions for recent law school graduates who are just beginning their legal careers. In establishing this program, our goal was to expand Crag’s capacity to meet the growing demand for our legal services while providing young attorneys with on-the-ground professional experience to launch their careers in public interest environmental advocacy. The program has proven to be far more successful than we ever imagined. Our first two legal fellows–Maura Fahey and Oliver Stiefel–excelled in their positions, securing important victories for our clients while also making meaningful contributions to the overall organizational outreach and fundraising efforts. Because of each of the fellows’ successes, after each completed a two-year fellowship, we were able to offer both Associate Attorney positions at Crag. With the additional capacity, we have been able to better serve our existing clients as well as create new relationships with local organizations and communities throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
DukeEngage Summer Internship Program
We are entering our eighth year as a partner with DukeEngage-Portland, a service-learning program that engages Duke University students in an 8-week summer internship with sustainability-focused Portland-based nonprofits and government agencies. Starting in January of each year, Crag’s Development Director submits a job description and workplan for Crag’s DukeEngage position, which is based in our Development and Communications office. The DukeEngage Program uses that information to interview and select students to place with us for the summer. Typically one to two DukeEngage students have been placed with Crag each summer.
Every summer, Crag’s Development Director will work with the DukeEngage students to develop individualized workplans that build on the student’s interests and skills while providing a well-rounded experience of communications and fundraising work at a small non-profit environmental organization.
If you want to do more for the environment or aspire to be at the frontier of environmental justice in the future, please email xxxxxxxxx to xxxxxxxxx to apply.