TERM: Summer 2022

LOCATION: (Remote Telework)

REPORTS TO: Director of Hydropower Reform

APPLY HERE: https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=90


American Rivers believes that a future of clean water and healthy rivers for everyone, everywhere is essential. Since 1973, we have protected wild rivers, restored damaged rivers and conserved clean water for people and nature. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and 300,000 members, supporters and volunteers across the country, we are one of the most trusted and influential river conservation organization in the United States, delivering solutions for a better future. Because life needs rivers. For more information, please visit www.americanrivers.org.

At American Rivers, we embrace and celebrate 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. 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 and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.


The Hydropower Reform Coalition (HRC or Coalition) is housed within American Rivers and consists of more than 160 conservation and recreation organizations working to protect and restore rivers affected by hydropower dams, ensure public access to these lands and waters, and reform the federal licensing process to ensure public participation and improve the quality of the resulting decisions.


American Rivers seeks a law intern that will work under the supervision of the Director of Hydropower Reform in the Conservation-Hydropower Program. This program provides an excellent opportunity to gain familiarity with several key environmental laws, as well as expertise in the hydropower licensing process and energy policy. The intern will be afforded opportunities to join meetings with staff at other Non-Governmental Organizations, federal resource agencies, and congressional offices and committees.

The intern will be given a variety of short-term and long-term projects, including research and writing assignments in the form of research memos, advocacy pieces, letters, and quick verbal summaries. The intern will produce training materials that will be posted to the HRC website to help the public engage effectively in hydropower licensing proceedings.


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to explain legal concepts to people without legal training is a must.
  • Personable, detail-oriented, and able to successfully juggle multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Interest in hydropower, environmental law and policy, climate change, or energy policy.
  • Must be a current J.D. candidate

TIME COMMITMENT AND PAY: The Hydropower Reform Legal Internship requires a commitment of 25 to 30 hours per week during regular business hours. This internship is unpaid. American Rivers will provide a teleworking subsidy of $50 per month during the internship period to help offset the costs of personal telecommunications and internet services. A transit subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the intern’s commute if commuting into an American Rivers office. In addition, American Rivers will work with the intern to obtain academic credit where available.

APPLICATIONS: Internship applications will be accepted through March 1, 2022. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/. Please include in the cover letter why you are interested in the internship and your future career goals. No phone calls please. 

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply