U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance, Washington, D.C.

Fall-Winter-Spring-Summer Interns WELCOME!


The EPA Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance (OECA) offers qualified and highly motivated law students (including LLM candidates) the opportunity to work side by side with practicing environmental lawyers and technical professionals in its Washington, D.C. headquarters office. A limited number of positions for college and post graduate college students are also available. Students work as academic (for credit) interns, under a variety of school or institution-sponsored public service or academic fellowships or as unpaid volunteer law clerks or interns. We do not anticipate being able to offer any paid positions in 2016-2017.  Since 1990, more than 3,550 law clerks and interns have been part of this program, representing 197 law schools and over 35 colleges and universities.


Law clerks and interns work in one or more of the designated practice areas in OECA, including:

Clean Air Act Enforcement

Clean Water Act Enforcement

Toxics & Pesticides Enforcement

Hazardous Waste (RCRA) Enforcement

Hazardous Waste Site Remediation Enforcement (Superfund/CERCLA)

Criminal Environmental Law Enforcement

NEPA/Environmental Impact Statement Review

International Environmental Law Enforcement; Imports/Exports; NAFTA implementation

Federal Facilities Environmental Law Enforcement

Administrative Litigation and Appellate Review

Environmental Justice

Enforcement Targeting & Data Analysis

Enforcement Policy, Planning & Legislation

Compliance Assurance and Outreach



Additional positions may be available in other EPA offices including the Office of Suspension & Debarment, Office of Civil Rights, Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention, Office of Children’s Health Protection; American Indian Office and Office of Legislation.


Each law clerk or college intern works under the direct supervision of a practicing attorney or technical professional in one of the practice areas listed above, performing a wide variety of activities including legal or technical research, policy analysis or technical writing assignments. Each intern is expected to develop a written assessment of their activities, documenting accomplishments, works in progress and anticipated issues.  During the school year we welcome full time “semester in Washington interns” as well as part time participants, where the minimum time commitment is 15 hours per week for 10 weeks. Longer service is encouraged. Students are assigned to work in one or more practice areas based upon their resume, a preference and skills questionnaire and the number of positions available in individual practice areas. Qualified college students are welcome along with 3L, 2L and 1L law students and LLM candidates. For more information about US EPA/OECA, see www.epa.gov.gov/enforcement.

The majority of the positions are located in the EPA’s  William Jefferson Clinton Federal Office Building located at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20460. The building is located at the Federal Triangle Metro Subway Station, which includes the Blue and Orange Line Trains. We are located a short distance from the White House, FBI Building and Smithsonian Institution museums. A Metro bus or subway transit subsidy is available to all participants, regardless of appointment category, of up to $230.00 per month.

Throughout the year, we are pleased to offer a series of unique, specialized training sessions on a wide variety of issues regarding environmental protection, safety and law enforcement. These seminars are 90 minutes long and taught by top EPA lawyers and technical professions. Examples of such programs include:


  • Contemporary Issues in Environmental Justice
  • Building a Strong Case: Challenge Proof Evidence for Environmental Crimes
  • EPA as a Global Environmental Leader
  • Walking the Talk: Life Ecology for a Cleaner Tomorrow
  • Uncle Sam as a Polluter: Enforcement at Federal Facilities
  • ADR: Standard Operating Procedures for Resolving Disputes
  • EPCRA: America’s Largest Neighborhood Watch Program
  • License to Kill: Pesticide Regulation and Enforcement
  • Working Effectively with Tribal Governments to Protect Public Health
  • Water & Wetlands: Current Developments & Challenges
  • Finding Your Dream Job in a Tight Market: Resumes, References & Results



  1. Accurate, current resumes, references and a short cover letter highlighting the specific knowledge, skills and interests that you have in environmental law enforcement should be sent directly to [email protected]. Positions are competitive. We look for candidates with superior records of achievement who have shown a commitment to environmental and law enforcement work. We look for candidates who work well in teams. Working collegially with lawyers and technical professionals is a plus. State your case clearly.
  2. The deadline for submitting applications for Spring 2017 is December 1, 2016. Telephone interviews can be scheduled for out of town candidates. We are hiring now for Spring 2017.
  3. The deadline for submitting applications for Summer 2017 is March 15, 2017. Telephone interviews can be scheduled for out of town candidates. We are hiring now for Summer 2017.
  4. The deadline for submitting applications for Fall 2016 is August 15, 2016. Telephone interviews can be scheduled for out of town candidates.
  6. Please state your name in the subject line of email submittals.
  7. We gain our strength as people and professionals through inclusion and do not discriminate based upon based upon race, religion, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veterans or marital status.
  8. Questions may be directed to Mike Walker at [email protected],


We are grateful for your interest in working with US EPA!