Master's Externships

An integral part of the master's, LLM, and joint degree programs is gaining real world experience through externships. Our students explore environmental law, science, and policy in a wide variety of settings both locally and worldwide. Activities may include counseling, drafting regulations and legislation, preparing legal memoranda, drafting or commenting on environmental or land use plans, and fieldwork related to wetlands, endangered species, and other natural resource management and preservation issues.

Student Resources

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Contract Form Deadlines for 2017-2018 Externships

Vermont Law School Residential Students

Semester Deadline
Summer 2017 Friday, May 26th, 2017
Fall 2017 Friday, August 25th, 2017
Spring 2018 Friday, January 5th, 2018

Distance Learning Students

Semester Deadline
Summer 2017, Term 1 Friday, April 28, 2017
Summer 2017, Term 2 Friday, June 23rd, 2017
Fall 2017, Term 1 Friday, September 1st, 2017
Fall 2017, Term 2 Friday, October 27th, 2017
Spring 2018, Term 1 Friday, January 5th, 2018
Spring 2018, Term 2 Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Northeastern University School of Law Students

Semester Deadline
Summer 2017 Friday, May 26th, 2017
Fall 2017 Friday, August 25th, 2017
Winter 2017 Friday, November 21st, 2017
Spring 2018 Friday, January 5th, 2018

Recent Externships

Recent master’s degree students earned credit while working as interns for the following organizations:

  • American Wind Energy Association
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Embassy of Canada–Environment and Energy Section
  • Executive Office of the President of the United States
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Marine Fish Conservation Network
  • Navajo Nation Department of Justice
  • NOAA Office of the General Counsel for International Law
  • The Greater Yellowstone Coalition
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • United Nations Environment Program
  • United States Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor
  • Vermont Department of Agriculture
  • Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Environmental Change and Security Program
  • Worldwatch Institute


Students interested in First Nations environmental law might pursue externships at intertribal organizations such as the National Tribal Environmental Council or the National Congress of American Indians.

Students design their own MELP Externships with the advice and consent of a Faculty Supervisor. Each internship is carefully defined in a contract with the sponsoring organization. Contract Forms are completed by the student in accordance with the guidelines for MELP and LLM Externships in the Academic Regulations. Externship Contracts must meet the approval of the Externship Director of the Environmental Law Center and the faculty member supervising the internship.