Letter from the Coordinator
Dear Prospective Internship Sponsor:
Let me introduce you to the Internship Program at the Environmental Law Center and encourage your sponsorship.
Students in our Master’s and joint Juris Doctor/Master’s degree programs work in a wide variety of settings. Regular sponsors span the public service sector from the U.S. Department of Justice to the Vermont Land Trust. Environmental groups, public agencies, small and large law firms, private consulting firms and corporations all benefit from our interns. Our interns’ wide-ranging experiences help to keep Vermont Law School among the best environmental law schools in the country.
Most interns are candidates for the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), a graduate degree. Some are enrolled in both the JD and MELP programs; some are attorneys who are enrolled in the MELP program after years of practice. The curriculum requires students to take courses in the areas of resource planning and management, regulatory affairs, ethics, policy and alternative dispute resolution.
The Environmental Law Center faculty and staff have an "open door" policy and advise students on an individual basis. For example, many students meet individually with their faculty advisor, Career Services staff, and the Director of Internships while determining what type of internship would be best for them, which specific internship they will pursue, and how to approach sponsors. The Environmental Law Center maintains an internship resource center, and any new internship openings are posted in our monthly newsletter to students.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions, and/or visit the Environmental Law Center online.
Very truly yours,
MELP/LLM Internship Coordinator
Environmental Law Center
Vermont Law School