The Center will shape the program so that it engages student academic and career interests while furthering ongoing Center efforts. Above all, the program is flexible. The precise roles that interns play will depend upon intern preferences and the activities the Center has underway. In the past, for instance, interns have assessed the impact of Texas budget cuts on environmental enforcement and have assisted in cutting-edge research on hydraulic fracturing.
It is likely interns will assist in projects that arise from the 2013 session of the Texas legislature. During the session, the Center will be actively involved in discussions surrounding policies related to energy and the environment and particularly water supply. Interns may assist in researching policy proposals, developing best practices or other guidance for agencies implementing new legislation, or commenting upon rules the agencies are promulgating.
Additionally, students may assist in projects intended to improve regulatory processes and to shed light on environmental enforcement practices in Texas. Past interns, for instance, have assessed the impact of state budget cuts the Texas Council on Environmental Quality.
The Center is directed by Melinda Taylor, a law school senior lecturer who teaches courses in environmental law and coastal watersheds, and is affiliated with several other permanent and visiting faculty members who are experts in the fields of environmental, energy and natural resources law.
Law students will work closely with Professor Taylor and the Center’s research fellow, Jeremy Brown, and will have the opportunity to attend academic seminars, policy strategy sessions meetings and meetings with the Center’s board of advisors, many of whom are practitioners at leading Texas law firms.
The internship program is paid and will serve as sound preparation for a career in environmental or energy law and policy. If interested, please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Gena Dawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.