Job title: Office of General Counsel
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Company: Massachusetts Trial Court
Job description: Proposed Duration:
Winter Program 2023 January – April
Because MassDEP is presently working remotely, candidates will work remotely, until staff return to the office. Candidates will need a computer with Windows 10 and Office suite and will be expected to work on their own computers. Candidates will also need to have internet access as a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection may be provided.
The MASSDEP is a state agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment by ensuring clean air and water, the safe management and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. The MassDEP is one of the agencies in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
DEP’s Diversity Vision and Mission
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in fulfilling its vision to advance diversity at the agency as we seek to hire, retain, and promote women and men from different racial, cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds regardless of their sexual orientation or disability status. Through effective and fully compliant affirmative action and equal opportunity policies, MassDEP strives to attract members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the environmental field and to increase the number of minority and women applicants for its vacancies.
Interns will gain hands-on legal experience while assisting the Office of General Counsel (OGC) in providing legal support to MassDEP. Interns will work on cases and matters involving a range of issues, including the protection of public resources, the remediation of contamination, promoting environmental justice to address disparate impacts to vulnerable communities, and mitigating the effects of climate change. In doing so, interns will gain experience in many different areas of law that may include environmental, administrative, real estate, contracts, public records, preemption, corporations, and litigation. Interns will also gain invaluable experience in legal research and writing as well as written and oral advocacy.
Description of Internship Duties
As part of their internship, students will research legal issues, analyze case law, draft legal memoranda, participate in OGC’s Legal Practice Group meetings, and present findings and analysis to MassDEP staff. Interns will also participate in substantive meetings with OGC and MassDEP staff and be exposed to administrative appeals.
A background in environmental law and administrative law is preferred, but any law student with an interest in environmental protection and environmental justice is encouraged to apply. Other legal coursework that will be beneficial includes real estate, contracts, public records, preemption, corporations, and litigation.
The Value of a MassDEP Internship
MassDEP’s Volunteer Internship Program creates a “win-win” experience by providing experiential learning for interns while allowing the agency to cultivate a diverse applicant pool for legal employment opportunities in the environmental field.
MassDEP’s goal is to provide a growth-oriented opportunity for all interns. Interns will receive invaluable real-world experience, intellectual challenges, problem solving skills, and contacts in their field of interest. Interns are considered an integral part of the Office of General Counsel.
This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Applicants are required to:
This is an intern contracted position for up to 22.5 hours per week
$26.00 an hour
Employees must have the ability to commute to MassDEP Massachusetts locations.
All job applications must be submitted online through MassCareers to be considered.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Please see Preferred Qualifications.
When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future.
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Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role.