The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is looking for an intern to support our efforts to reduce pollution in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC with a focus on frontline communities most affected by our continued dependence on fossil fuels.


The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. Our mission is to build the kind of movement it will take to put our region on the path to climate stability, while using our proximity to the nation’s capital to inspire action in neighboring states, around the country and around the world.


CCAN’s legal intern will expand our organization’s litigation and regulatory capacity. The legal intern will gain hands-on experience associated with regional energy issues along with internal nonprofit-related legal matters. CCAN is engaged in lawsuits against three fracked-gas pipelines in Virginia and Maryland under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Natural Gas Act, and the Endangered Species Act. We actively monitor and comment on air and water permit renewals for coal plants and other polluting facilities and we are challenging the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of several environmental protections. CCAN’s legal intern will assist CCAN’s general counsel with one or several of these matters. 


CCAN’s legal intern should expect involvement in various projects which may include drafting briefs, legal research memos, regulatory filings, writing articles and fact sheets, commenting on proposed state and/or federal agency regulations or draft pollution permits, preparing legislative and regulatory testimony and comments, attending state and federal regulatory hearings and meetings with congressional members, state legislators, regulators and executive branch staff. 


  • Must be at least a 2L in law school
  • A driving passion to enact structural change to address the causes of climate change and win
  • Excellent research skills
  • A willingness to work hard
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to conduct a variety of tasks related to advocacy, research, and general nonprofit management


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CCAN team is working from home until health professionals lift social distancing and telework guidelines. 


Internships are typically 15-20 hours per week. Exact timing to be determined based on your course schedule.

Internships at CCAN are primarily education-focused, to arm you with experience toward your career and life goals. Interns receive a limited reimbursement for incidental expenditures. We encourage you to pursue course credit for this internship, or external grant opportunities if those are available, and we will support these pursuits in any way we can.


To apply, please fill out this Google Form Application, where you will be prompted to upload your resume. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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