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Masters Externships

An integral part of the MELP program, the MERL program, the LLM programs, and the 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:

Download the Masters Externship Handbook. (.pdf)**
Download the Masters Externship Contract Form. (.pdf) **
Download the Masters Externship Student Evaluation Form. (.pdf) **
Download the Learning Plan.
Download the Midterm Self-Evaluation.
Download the Final Self-Evaluation.

** Mac users, please be sure to open the Contract Form and the Student Evaluation Form in Adobe and not Preview (if you complete the form in Preview, it will appear blank when you send it via email to a PC user).

Contract Form Deadlines for 2014-2015 Externships:

Vermont Law School Residential Students
Fall '14: FRIDAY AUGUST 22, 2014
Spring '15: TUESDAY JANUARY 6, 2015
Summer '15: FRIDAY MAY 22, 2015

Distance Learning Students
Summer '14 Term 2: TUESDAY JULY 1, 2014
Fall '14 Term 1: FRIDAY AUGUST 22, 2014
Fall '14 Term 2: MONDAY OCTOBER 27, 2014
Spring '15 Term 1: TUESDAY JANUARY 6, 2015
Spring '15 Term 2: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Summer '15 Term 1: FRIDAY MAY 22, 2015
Summer '15 Term 2: MONDAY JUNE 29, 2015

Northeastern University School of Law Students

Fall '14: FRIDAY AUGUST 22, 2014
Winter '14: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2014
Spring '15: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2015
Summer '15: FRIDAY MAY 22, 2015


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.