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Law Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (PEAC)

Apply for PEAC’s Summer Externship!

January 27, 2012

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Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (PEAC) seeks applications for its summer of 2012 externship program. You can find information about PEAC and the work it does here.

PEAC has changed the structure of its program for giving students practical experience over the summer. Rather than hiring students as paid summer interns, PEAC will have a summer externship program that allows Lewis & Clark students to receive academic credit for their summer work. PEAC’s summer externs’ responsibilities will include assisting PEAC clinical professors in all aspects of public interest environmental litigation from legal research, drafting pleadings and motions, and potential for court appearances. PEAC now has one staff attorney based in the Northeast (Massachusetts), and it may be possible for one extern also to be based in the Northeast. PEAC externs will be expected to work a minimum of ten weeks, forty hours per week. Externs’ actual work schedule will be flexible, allowing for vacations and long weekends. Because the minimum time requirement for an externship is 8 weeks, it might be possible for a student to combine a for-credit 8 week externship with a paid 2-4 week internship funded by a PILP stipend.

Becoming a PEAC summer extern requires a two-step application process. Students first must apply directly to PEAC. After PEAC accepts their applications, the students will then apply for their externships through the Career Services Office. PEAC will assist the accepted students with the Career Services application process, but before applying to PEAC interested students should review Lewis & Clark’s general externship requirements to be sure they qualify. See Career Services.

PEAC will accept applications from any student who will have completed three semesters before their externship begins in late May or early June 2012. PEAC is looking for applicants with strong research and writing skills and a demonstrated interest in public interest environmental law.

Submit your application electronically to Tom Buchele, PEAC Managing Attorney at application should include a cover letter explaining your interest in externing at PEAC, your current resume, a transcript (unofficial is fine) and maximum 10-page writing sample. Do not send hard copies to PEAC. Please e-mail Tom with any questions. All applications must be received on or before February 10, 2012 at 5pm. Tom will acknowledge his receipt of all applications via e-mail.

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