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Legal Intern (ID: 110013) for Summer 2024


Dept of Environmental Conservation

625 Broadway
Albany , NY 12233
E-Mail: OGCInternshipProgram@dec.ny.gov

Division/Unit: NYS DEC, OGC


Web Site: www.dec.ny.gov(New Window)


Proposal Information


At this time, all summer 2024 internship positions have been filled. Only those students who have received and accepted an offer should apply to this posting once instructed to do so.

For¿Summer 2024, legal interns will be working both in-person and remotely using Office 365 applications including¿Microsoft Teams and SharePoint and will be provided¿with¿a DEC email address. Legal interns will be working in the office at least once a week. ¿Legal interns working for DEC's Office of General Counsel (OGC), Central Office in Albany, New York will provide important support to DEC attorneys by, among other things, conducting extensive legal research using online resources and assorted treatises; drafting memoranda of law;¿drafting legal papers such as orders on consent, motions, notices of hearing and complaints; attending Pre-Hearing Conferences in enforcement cases;¿organizing discovery documents for enforcement cases and permit hearings; and generating letters to respondents or permittees. Legal interns also¿attend¿internal meetings¿with other attorneys and technical staff¿and meetings with external entities.¿¿Legal interns receive feedback from their supervising and assigned attorneys on a continuing basis.

During the summer, round table discussions are held with the legal interns every week to provide them with the opportunity to discuss their current assignments and learn from each other's experiences. Presentations for the interns regarding emerging topics in the law, and specifically environmental law, as well as legal practice skills are also arranged. Additionally, if the situation allows, educational field trips will be scheduled to demonstrate the application of the assignments. Further, legal interns will present on a legal matter they worked on during the summer internship. All legal interns are also encouraged to attend continuing legal education courses offered for OGC attorneys.



Legal Research




Internship Areas: Environmental Conservation

Logistical Information

Payment? Paid

Number of Hours: 30 or more

Location: Albany

Number of Interns Needed: 3

Desired Candidate Profile

Preferred Standing 2nd Year Law Student

Minimum Standing: 1st Year Law Student

Degree Concentrations: Agricultural Studies, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Construction Technology, Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, Cultural Studies, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Financial Studies, Health Services, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physical Science, Psychology/Psychiatry, Public Administration, Recreational Studies, Social Science