Serving others is more important than ever. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that WRA is actively hiring for the following position. Join our committed staff as we stay home, stay healthy, and continue to fight to protect the West’s land, air, and water.

Position Summary

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) seeks a curious and driven law student to join our Clean Energy Team this Summer as an intern. This role will focus on energy law and policy, particularly as it relates to climate change, as well as administrative law and potentially appellate work. The Clean Energy Legal Intern will report to WRA staff attorneys and analysts, with opportunities to learn and grow while working with other conservation professionals.

About Western Resource Advocates

Founded in 1989, Western Resource Advocates is dedicated to protecting the West’s land, air, and water to ensure that vibrant communities exist in balance with nature. We use law, science, and economics to craft innovative solutions to the most pressing conservation issues in the region within three core program areas: Clean Energy, Healthy Rivers and Western Lands.

In the face of population growth and climate change, the Western United States needs a strong and effective advocacy voice at the regional level to address changes that are already underway and to steer the West towards a sustainable future. WRA has aggressive plans to tackle these challenges. We envision a future in the West where:

  • Western rivers and lakes will have abundant clean water to support habitat for fish and wildlife, communities and agriculture, and world class recreational opportunities. The Colorado River will flow to the sea;
  • Our homes, buildings and transportation systems will be powered by clean energy. The West will prosper in a zero-carbon economy;
  • Half of western landscapes and habitat will be protected and connected to support thriving wildlife populations and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy the West’s natural beauty; and
  • The West will have clean air and clean water to support healthy communities and vital habitat.


This position will be based in Santa Fe, NM. WRA employees and interns are strongly encouraged to work from home during COVID-19.

Responsibilities and Activities

  • Conduct legal research on varied subjects associated with WRA’s energy policy work, primarily related to public utilities law and other environmental laws.
  • Assist staff attorneys with administrative law cases before the NM Public Regulation Commission and NM Supreme Court, including legal research, discovery drafting, hearing preparation, or other projects dependent on WRA’s workload.
  • Support, review and preparation of legal briefs or portions of legal briefs under supervision of WRA staff attorneys.
  • Research and summarize existing or proposed laws and rules that impact WRA’s mission.
  • Occasionally accompany staff on advocacy meetings, stakeholder engagement activities, and other related activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in law school and demonstrated academic achievement.
  • Excellent communicator, written and verbal.
  • Legal research, analytic ability, and project management skills.
  • Use of legal research tools (Lexis Nexis and/or Westlaw) as well as file and document management software.
  • Motivated to take ownership of projects and demonstrate follow-through to complete tasks requested by supervising attorneys.
  • Sound judgment, attention to detail, and integrity in preparing assigned project work.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Desire to learn technical, sometimes “wonky” areas of the law, with confidence to ask questions when necessary.
  • Genuine passion for the mission and work of WRA.


Interns are paid at $12.50 per hour. This is a full-time internship with an expectation to work 32-40 hours a week. WRA regularly works with students to help them obtain school credit for their internships.


The internship will take place during the Summer of 2021. While the specific dates of this internship are flexible, the start date will be around early June and will go through mid-August. COVID-19 considerations and safeguards will affect the nature of the work this year.

Deadline to Apply: Monday, March 1, 2021

Diversity and inclusion are a critical component of our business strategy, mission and vision. We welcome candidates from an array of backgrounds and experiences to join our team. Learn more about our commitment here: 

Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion,  gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.

Apply to be WRA’s Clean Energy Legal Intern!

Thank you for your interest in the Clean Energy Legal Internship with Western Resource Advocates. Complete both forms below to apply for the position. You will need to upload the following in PDF format:

  • Compelling cover letter to the attention of Meagan Kadlec, Recruitment and Hiring Manager, explaining how your qualifications and skills match the needs of the position;
  • Resume; and
  • Two references, including at least one former supervisor, with contact information and a brief description of your relationship. (WRA will not contact references without first checking with the applicant.)