Ohio Environmental Council

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Ohio Environmental Council Office


Location: 1207 Grandview Ave., Suite 201, Columbus, OH 43212

Credits: 4 or 6 Credit Hours for Fall or Spring Term; 3 or 5 Credit Hours for Summer Term

Prerequisites: RCC, minimum GPA 2.50, completion of at least 29 credit hours, and background investigation by the Agency.

The Law Center internship program has been a staple of OEC’s legal affairs team since 2003.  The goal of the internship program is to provide tomorrow’s environmental lawyers with the experience and educational opportunities needed to be effective advocates for environmental and human health.  The OEC strives to provide interns with a well rounded understanding of not only environmental/energy/natural resources law, but the entire non-profit environmental advocacy organization experience. 

This experience includes, of course, extensive legal and policy research and drafting, but also introducing the interns to how OEC and the Ohio Environmental Law Center uses many different channels to advocate for our positions.  Because of the location of this externship, the OEC is willing to allow students to work remotely.  Assignments will be made with each student.

As opportunities arise, we look to expose our interns to OEC’s:

· Statewide Policy work, including:  Internal meetings with policy staff, meetings with OEC member and colleague groups and executive staff

· State Legislative work:  Including assisting with analysis of state legislation, drafting legislative testimony; Attend committee hearings and meetings w/legislators

· Media work:  assist Public Affairs staff with research and drafting of press releases; attend and assist with press calls/press events

Further, OEC interns may have the opportunity to work research and drafting of OELC law review articles and other publications, and receive authorship credit.

Students may register for 4 credits (16 hours per week) or 6 credits (24 hours per week) in the fall or spring terms; in the summer term, students may register for 3 credits (24 hours per week) or 5 credits (40 hours per week). Students in this externship also participate in an Externship Seminar conducted at the law school by the externship faculty supervisor. Graded Pass/Fail.

Interested students must contact Office of Career Planning, LB 137 in the Student Services Center,216-687-6871, career@law.csuohio.edu.  An Externship application, a resume and writing sample must be submitted for consideration through Symplicity.  The supervising staff attorney at the Ohio Environmental Council will make the final selection of students