Job Type: Paid Internship
Salary Details: $25.45/hour
Deadline: Aug 27, 2023

Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food & Farming Program is accepting applications for one part-time scientific research intern for spring 2024. We will accept applications from graduate students who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. This is a paid position. The successful candidate may work remotely or on a hybrid schedule from one of Earthjustice’s offices. Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; preserve magnificent places and wildlife; advance clean energy; and combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals, and communities to engage in the critical environmental issues of our time and bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer. 

The Sustainable Food and Farming Program works to improve our nation’s food system, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural activities, incentivizing climate-friendly practices, regulating pollution from industrial animal facilities, and ensuring safer farming practices for farmers, farmworkers, communities, and consumers. The intern will work closely with our team’s staff scientist, policy and communication experts, and lawyers to support litigation and policy through scientific and technical research on environmental, climate, health, and social aspects of the U.S. food system.   


Under the supervision of a Staff Scientist, the intern will: 

  • Conduct research on a range of environmental issues related to the U.S. food system as determined by the needs of the team and student interest,  
  • Review federal and state agency reports, rulemakings and requests for comment,  
  • Synthesize scientific literature, perform spatial analyses, and develop data visualizations as needed, and 
  • Draft memos, technical summaries, sections of comments, and materials for educational and communication efforts. 


  • Must be enrolled in a graduate program during spring 2024. Programs that focus on environmental studies, environmental science, ecology, food systems, biology, biogeochemistry, animal studies or a related field are preferred.  
  • Must commit to 10-20 hours/week.  
  • Passion for social justice issues. 
  • Passion for the environment and a commitment to its protection. 
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.  
  • Outstanding research, writing, and oral communication skills. 
  • Ability to conduct basic quantitative data analyses and/or geospatial analyses. 
  • Ability to present complex information in a manner that is both scientifically sound and compelling for various audiences. 
  • Ability to conduct scientific literature reviews. 
  • Proficient user of MS Office programs, including Excel and PowerPoint. 


Internships at Earthjustice are paid. Graduate students will receive $25.45/hour, less applicable taxes.  


Interested candidates should submit the following materials by August 27, 2023 via Jobvite. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed beginning August 28 with offers extended no later than November 3.   

  • Resume  
  • One-page cover letter that addresses: (1) Why you want to work with Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food & Farming Program; (2) The number of hours, or a reasonable estimate, you are available to work per week; (3) Any information about yourself that is not apparent or fully explained in your resume; and (4) An indication of any applicable deadlines or requirements that are relevant to your submission or ability to accept an offer. 
  • Finalist(s) will be asked to submit 2 references, including one academic and one professional reference. 

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