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Cavers Internship Program

by Ann Greaney-Williams on May 29, 2012

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has been protecting New England’s environment for over forty years. CLF advocates use law, science and economics to create innovative strategies to conserve natural resources, protect public health and promote healthy communities in our region. CLF seeks law students who are interested in dedicating a summer to advance cutting edge legal strategies and policy solutions.

Cavers interns are paired with an experienced attorney in one of our four program areas focusing on clean air, clean energy and climate change; clean water; ocean conservation; or transportation and environmental justice. Over the course of the summer, interns support CLF’s mission by researching legal issues and drafting documents ranging from internal strategy memos to public comments and portions of motions and briefs. Interns have the opportunity to meet with high level state and federal agency officials and work with other environmental organizations, local activist groups, and environmental justice communities in New England.

This program was created to honor the memory of David Cavers, a strong supporter of CLF. David worked with CLF from 1981 until his death in November of 2000. As a Director, he was integral in steering the organization through many of the tough battles that led to the prominence it enjoys today. During his time at CLF, David took great satisfaction in mentoring law students and preparing them for careers as effective environmental advocates.

The Cavers Internship requires a commitment of 12 weeks of full time work and includes a stipend.

Although CLF only provides funding for summer law clerks through the Cavers program, a limited number of additional unpaid internship positions may be available law students not seeking funding.

Acceptance of applications will begin November 1, 2011 and end on February 1, 2012. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.  Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

How To Apply: Your email header should state your Name and “Cavers Internship.”

Please send the following documents to Human Resources at

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 2-3 references
  • Law School transcripts
  • Writing sample

You may also write to the following address, although email is preferred.


Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Boston Intern Committee
62 Summer Street
Boston, MA  02110

In addition to our Boston office, CLF has offices in Portland, ME; Concord, NH; Providence, RI; and Montpelier, VT. If you are interested in a Cavers Internship at one of these offices, please send your application directly to the contact listed below. Deadlines, stipend and time requirements may differ from office to office.


Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Sean Mahoney
47 Portland Street, Suite 4
Portland, ME 04101

New Hampshire:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Christophe Courchesne
27 North Main Street
Concord, NH 03301

Acceptance of applications will begin September 1, 2011 and end on February 1, 2012.

Rhode Island:

Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Tricia Jedele
55 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI 02903


Conservation Law Foundation
Attn: Sandy Levine
15 East State Street, Suite 4
Montpelier, VT 05602

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