Job Title:  Temporary Research Assistant or Intern – Summer/Fall 2021

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is seeking a Temporary Research Assistant or Intern to support our coal program. This position is located at our Washington, D.C. office and is available starting as soon as possible on a full-time (40 hr/wk) or part-time (24 hr/wk) basis.

EIP is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization established in 2002 to promote stronger enforcement of laws targeting pollution from the energy industry, including coal plants, oil and gas facilities and refineries. Our goal is to protect the environment and reduce pollution by improving compliance and shining a light on violations. EIP has a strong focus on gathering and analyzing pollution data and making it accessible to the public, as well as a commitment to helping reduce pollution in disadvantaged communities that are especially vulnerable to its adverse effects.

The Research Assistant/Intern will help EIP maintain and improve our website dedicated to tracking groundwater contamination at coal ash dumps, They may also be asked to assist with other projects at EIP, but the bulk of their time will be spent on work for our coal program. The ideal candidate will be a proactive, highly organized, and detail-oriented individual with a demonstrated interest in environmental advocacy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organizing and reviewing groundwater monitoring reports and other coal ash compliance records
  • Compiling and analyzing groundwater monitoring data through a combination of data entry and other methods to extract monitoring data from PDF documents
  • Drafting, editing, and updating narrative site descriptions
  • Updating with new site descriptions and groundwater monitoring data


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student studying environmental science, public health, environmental policy, engineering, data science, hydrogeology, or a related field (or 2-4 years of relevant work experience)
  • Comfortable using Microsoft Excel and Google Earth (technical skills with R and/or Python are a plus)
  • Able to work independently
  • Obsessive attention to detail
  • Able to enter and review data quickly and accurately


Academic credit or $17/hour

To Apply:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The application deadline is July 23rd, 2021. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Keene Kelderman at (please put “Research Assistant/Intern Application” in the subject line), or mailed to Environmental Integrity Project, Attn: Keene Kelderman, 1000 Vermont Ave. N.W. Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005. Please include whether you are interested in a full or part-time position and your preferred start and end dates in your cover letter. The position will be temporarily remote, with the expectation that Research Assistant/Intern will work in-person at EIP’s office starting after Labor Day. For any applicants starting school in the fall, know that we’re willing to work around your class schedule. Candidates who are invited to interview may be asked to complete a brief data entry and fact-checking exercise.


Job Title: Law Clerk

The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) is seeking law clerks for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 to advance environmental protections at the federal, state, and local levels under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and other federal and state environmental laws. The clerks’ duties will include legal research related to environmental, administrative, and information-collecting statutes and regulations, review of pollution permits and data, and production of legal memoranda, public comments, litigation documents, and issue-focused reports.  Candidates with a background or coursework in environmental/administrative law and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection are preferred. 

EIP is a nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for more effective enforcement of environmental laws. The organization has three objectives:  (1) to provide objective analyses of how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution and affects the public’s health; (2) to hold federal and state agencies, as well as individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with environmental laws; and (3) to help local communities obtain the protection of environmental laws.

Qualifications: Currently enrolled law students or recent law school graduates are eligible to apply. Candidates preferably should have completed at least one year of law school and have a strong interest in environmental advocacy. The ideal candidate will have a background or coursework in environmental/administrative law and a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection and/or non-profit advocacy. Previous experience with the Clean Air Act and/or the Clean Water Act, developing or litigating cases, commenting on or challenging permits or rules, policy analysis, media outreach, and/or coalition building would also be helpful. Candidates should be able to handle multiple tasks at once and work well with others, and must demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills.

Compensation / Hours: Academic credit or hourly wage. Full-time (Summer 2021); Full- or part-time (Spring 2021/Fall 2021).

To Apply: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), and three references.

Please address your cover letter/email to Sunny Lee, put your last name and “[Spring/Summer/Fall] 2021 Law Clerk Application” in the subject line of the email, and submit your application materials to