Legal Extern

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Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. 


The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


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Position Summary

National Audubon Society will work with one legal extern,  for academic credit, who will support our policy team’s work on advancing climate resilient communities and habitats for birds and other wildlife. We are looking for an individual interested in environmental conservation law and policy, climate resilience, coastal management, and/or marine conservation law and policy. The intern will provide legal and policy research and analysis to advance our policy program’s goals, which include informing legislative and administrative actions related to nature-based solutions, coastal management, disaster recovery, fisheries management, endangered species, environmental review, among other topics.

Essential Functions

This intern will contribute to the goals of the coastal program in a variety of ways, with many opportunities to dive deeper into projects based on interest and needs.



  • Gather and analyze information about priority policy issues.
  • Conduct legal and policy research and analysis of bills moving through Congress and regulatory actions that are being taken by federal agencies.
  • Contribute to Audubon publications on legal and policy aspects of using natural infrastructure solutions for enhancing climate resilience at the federal and state levels.
  • Write letters to support, improve, or oppose policies moving through Congress or the Administration.
  • Monitor congressional hearings, and work with Audubon policy staff to engage congressional offices on policy priorities.
  • Participate in Audubon coalition activities with other environmental groups.
  • Gain exposure to Audubon’s grassroots outreach programs and methodology; and
  • Help to plan engagement events for Members of Congress.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis to inform potential litigation in support of Audubon’s policy work.

This full-time unpaid externship will take place during the summer or fall semesters (dates are flexible and can follow University schedules/student needs) and goes toward academic credit.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong legal research and writing skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong work ethic with exceptional organizational skills and an eye for details.
  • A current student pursuing a law (JD) or master of laws (LLM) degree with a focus on or interest in environmental, climate change, marine or coastal, administrative, and/or land use law, or other relevant topics.
  • Adaptable and versatile; able to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
  • Proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word.
  • Genuine interest in conservation, the mission of the National Audubon Society, and social and environmental justice.
  • Understanding of GIS or other mapping software a bonus.


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