Division of Social Justice
Environmental Protection Bureau – Buffalo
Reference No. EPB/SCI_BUF_EXT/UG_SPR_2021
Externship Opportunity for Graduate or Undergraduate Students
The Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) of the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) in Buffalo has an externship available during the spring 2021 semester for a graduate or undergraduate student. Interested students must be receiving course credit for their work at the OAG as part of an independent study or externship program. Students are encouraged to commit to work part-time (approx. 15 hours/week) for at least a semester (10-12 weeks) or the minimum stipulated by their externship or independent study.
The EPB is responsible for enforcing state and federal environmental laws and has the power to file lawsuits on behalf of the State of New York to protect the public health and environment. The Bureau enforces environmental standards and defends State agencies when their regulatory efforts are challenged in court. In addition, the Bureau’s attorneys and technical staff investigate and respond to citizen complaints, file lawsuits for public nuisance conditions, prosecute environmental crimes, enforce solid waste laws and prepare reports and brochures on environmental issues.
Students will assist the scientific and policy staff in exploring difficult and groundbreaking environmental and legal issues. Responsibilities include researching issues using the internet and scientific journals; briefing staff on technical issues and keeping them updated on the most recent developments; drafting reports and fact sheets; procuring technical information and undertaking scientific and data analyses; preparing presentations using Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint; and assisting staff in preparing for negotiations with violators of environmental laws.
In addition, students may gain experience working with Federal, State and Local government agency staff, non-profit environmental organizations, and experts. In the past, students have worked on issues regarding climate change, hazardous and solid waste management, toxic air emissions, public health, sustainability and energy related matters, drinking water quality, wetland management and many others. Students work under the supervision of the Buffalo office’s Environmental Scientist, and will work closely with other professional staff in the office who will provide mentoring, guidance and advice, thereby facilitating learning and performance. The key qualities we look for include a strong background in science, intellectual curiosity, strong initiative, effective writing and communication, and an interest in the quality of our environment.
- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be hosting an exclusively remote spring program.
- Students hired for spring externships may begin their placements on January 20, 2021 or after.
- At the time of hire, students are required to provide written confirmation from their schools indicating their acceptance into an externship program or an approved independent study.
- Additionally, this confirmation must indicate the following information:
- The appropriate externship contact at the school;
- The parameters of the externship including the employer’s responsibilities;
- The required minimum/maximum work hours to be completed by the student; and
- The number of credits the student will receive upon completing the externship.
- Students must be eligible to be employed in the U.S.
- U.S. citizenship and NYS residency are not required.
- Applicants are encouraged to learn more about the OAG prior to submitting their applications by visiting the Divisions and Bureaus and Media sections of the OAG website.