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Office of General Counsel Internships Program

Applications are now being accepted for Summer Internship through March 2019, unless all of the positions are filled.

Who should consider this internship?

We do give preference to students entering their third year, students with a demonstrated interest in environmental law, and students with a technical or scientific background. However, all applications will be reviewed and considered.

What is the Internship Program?

  • The number of legal internships varies depending on funding, space available, potential workload and other factors.
  • For the summer, legal interns are usually assigned to a particular bureau; however, due to the varying needs of the bureaus, sometimes interns are assigned to more than one bureau.
  • Legal internships are available for 37.5 hours per week during the summer for a 10 week program.
  • Summer legal internships are generally volunteer but may be paid, based on availability from various sources.
  • Our internship program has been approved for pro bono credit for the New York State bar.

Legal interns provide important support to NYS DEC attorneys in many different ways:

  • Organize discovery documents for enforcement cases and permit hearings;
  • Draft legal papers such as orders on consent;
  • Draft administrative pleadings and motions;
  • Attend Pre-Hearing Conferences in enforcement cases;
  • Assist with negotiations;
  • Attend internal meetings and meetings with external entities;
  • Generate letters to respondents and draft memoranda of law; and
  • Conduct extensive legal research using on-line resources and assorted treatises.

Legal interns may also be given the opportunity to conduct an administrative hearing, with a practice order in place and with the required supervision by a NYS DEC attorney. Legal interns receive feedback from their assigned attorney on a continuing basis.

During the summer:

  • We hold roundtable discussions with the legal interns every other week to provide them with the opportunity to discuss their current assignments and learn from each other's experiences.
  • We also coordinate presentations for the legal interns regarding emerging topics in the law, and specifically environmental law, as well as legal practice skills.
  • Additionally, we arrange educational field trips during the summer for the legal interns to demonstrate the application of the assignments.
  • All legal interns are also encouraged to attend continuing legal education courses offered for OGC attorneys.

When to Apply:

  • For the summer - beginning January 1st
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early in that timeframe as internship opportunities may be offered on a rolling basis.

Due dates for submission of information to the Internship Portal, mentioned below, vary from these due dates.

How to Apply:

  • Applications will be accepted by mail, fax and e-mail (https://nysinternships.cs.ny.gov/nnyl/).
  • Please send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and a writing sample (5 pages or less, double-spaced and an excerpt from a longer document is acceptable).
  • A list of references may also be requested upon further inquiry.
  • If the legal intern is participating in a for-credit program through their law school, please also provide information regarding the program requirements.

In addition, all interns must apply through New York Leaders:

Please be aware that there are additional requirements through the Student Intern Program that must be met in order to be an intern with state agencies, including OGC.

Please also be aware that the internship does not provide transportation, parking or housing.

Internship Coordinators: Carin Spreitzer, Esq. & Cristin Clarke, Esq.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at: OGCInternshipProgram@dec.ny.gov

The Intern Coordinators act in a supervisory capacity for all of the legal interns and provide administrative assistance for the program. The Intern Coordinators also monitor the program and work of the interns.

If you are interested in an internship in one of NYS DEC's regional offices, please contact that region directly.


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