The Ohio Environmental Law Center strives to provide legal education and experience to tomorrow’s environmental attorneys. Unlike other internship opportunities, the OELC provides law students with the entire non-profit, environmental-advocacy experience.

To apply, contact the OELC at or (614) 487-7506.

When: Each semester during the school year: September 1 to December 1 (fall) and January to April (spring)

Who: OEC has a relationship with many of Ohio’s top law schools providing law students with real world non-profit environmental law experience.  Second- and third-year students from Capital University Law School, Ohio Northern University Law School, University of Toledo School of Law, The Ohio State University’s Moritz School of Law, University of Cincinnati Law School, and Cleveland-Marshall School of Law are encouraged to contact their school's externship coordinators and sign up for the OEC’s program.

What: The OELC internship program has been an integral part of the OEC since the program’s inception in 2003. The goal of the internship program is to provide tomorrow’s environmental lawyers with the experience and educational opportunities needed to be effective advocates for environmental and human health.

It always has been and will continue to be a goal of the internship program to provide our interns with a well-rounded understanding not only of environmental law, but also of the entire non-profit environmental advocacy organization experience.

This experience includes extensive legal and policy research and drafting on the most important issues facing Ohio’s Environment, and attending court proceedings.  We also introduce interns to how OEC and the Ohio Environmental Law Center uses many different channels to advocate for our positions and on behalf of all Ohioans. 

Law Interns at the OEC learn about:

1) Policy work

  • internal meetings with policy staff
  • meetings with OEC member and colleague groups
  • meetings with executive agency staff 

2) Legislative work

  • assisting with analysis of state legislation
  • drafting testimony
  • attend committee hearings and meetings with legislators

3) Media work 

  • assist Public Affairs staff with research and drafting of press releases
  • attend and assist with press calls/press events