Fellowships and Internships

Guarini Center Summer Internships in Public Interest Environmental and Land Use Law

We represented victims of land grabbing and environmental degradation that would otherwise have no voice.

This program, available to up to ten first and second year NYU Law students, is designed to provide students with public interest environmental law experience through summer internships, mentoring by the School’s environmental and land use law faculty, and exposure to leading practitioners in the field. The Program provides grants in the amount of $7,000 for 2Ls and $5,000 for 1Ls, for summer internships with environmental groups, government agencies, and other public interest law practice institutions in the United States or abroad.

The Center’s internship program provides students with unique opportunities to work on national, regional, and global environmental problems. These internships create valuable training and networking opportunities that help students secure full-time positions following graduation. Students have worked for organizations such as NRDC, Lawyers for Equal Justice in Honolulu, the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, the Mexican Center for Environmental Law, the Institute for Environmental Law and Economics in Paraguay, Earthjustice, the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous state and environmental departments.

I had the chance to represent the poorest and most marginalized Cambodians, those who are on the front lines of the battle to save the country’s natural resources and traditional cultures from devastation.

Interns must attend a specialized workshop by faculty before their summer internship. In the fall following their placements, interns are also invited to attend a series of workshops held by NYU’s environmental and land use law faculty; distinguished public interest environmental law practitioners will also participate. For more information about this program and the Public Interest Law Center, follow this link.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the program, you will be required to complete (1) the Public Interest Summer Internship Funding registration due on December 1, 2014 and (2) submit the Guarini Center for Environmental and Land Use Law Fellowship application due on February 3, 2015. Selections will be made by a faculty committee consisting of Professors Vicki Been, Richard Stewart, and Katrina Wyman. To apply, please submit a resume, unofficial transcript, and statement of interest in public interest environmental and land use practice including information about placements secured or contemplated to Professor Stewart’s assistant, Michelle Wolfson at michelle.wolfson@nyu.edu. Students are responsible for finding their own placements, but the faculty listed above will be happy to provide suggestions and other help.

Post-Graduate Fellowships for Academic Careers

Responding to the needs of alumni interested in pursuing teaching careers in environmental and land use law, the Center offers post-graduate research fellowships to help promising young scholars embark on academic and public service careers. These fellowships are awarded from time to time to NYU Law alumni, based on their academic commitment and excellence, and depending on a good match between their research interests and those of Center faculty. Under close faculty supervision, Center fellows work on research projects that culminate in law review articles and other publications, and thereby develop a credential essential for securing teaching positions in law schools.

Post-Graduate Research Fellowships

In addition, the Center provides fellowships for law graduates to undertake research and other activities in support of current Center projects. For example, Bryce Rudyk, NYU LLM ’08 served as a Center Research Fellow and is currently a director of the Climate Finance Project. His research focuses on financial mechanisms and architectures to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions on both the domestic and international levels and the corresponding regulatory and institutional structures. In collaboration with several faculty, research fellows, and students, Bryce helped lead preparations for the “Climate Change: Financing Green Development” conference in Abu Dhabi, May 2009 and co-edited the book that emerged from the conference and co-wrote the lead chapter. He is currently continuing to research and write on climate finance and its governance.