REPORTS TO: General Counsel

LOCATION: Washington, DC


Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 275,000 members, supporters and volunteers.  For more information please visit

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.

POSITION SUMMARY: American Rivers seeks law interns that will work under the supervision of the General Counsel in the Legal Department.  This program provides an excellent opportunity to gain direct experience dealing with the legal issues of a national nonprofit environmental organization, including contracts, government grants and agreements, ethics, employment law, conflict of interest, non-profit corporate governance and tax compliance, corporate sponsorship, and charitable solicitation regulation. Though the student may also have the opportunity to carry out some research and writing in environmental law, this internship focuses mainly on transactional work.

The intern will be given a variety of short-term and long-term projects, including research and writing assignments in the form of legal briefs, informal research memos, and quick verbal summaries.


  • The ideal candidate for this internship is personable, detail-oriented, and possesses a sense of urgency.
  • Strong technical writing skills and the ability to explain legal concepts to people without legal training is a must.
  • Must be a current J.D. candidate or recent J.D. graduate.

TIME COMMITMENT AND PAY: This internship will begin in mid-May 2019 and continue through early August 2019. We request a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week, but prefer full-time, 40-hours per week. Internships are unpaid; however, a travel subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the costs of the intern’s commute. In addition to the travel subsidy, where available we will work with the intern to gain school credit.

APPLICATIONS: Please submit a cover letter and resume to

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.