Legal Research Intern for Renewable Energy/Public Utility

PROG · Columbia, South Carolina
Department PROG
Employment Type Part-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $20 per hour

Energy Program Intern


South Carolina Coastal Conservation League


The Coastal Conservation League is a nonprofit conservation organization that works to protect the threatened resources of the South Carolina coastal plain – its natural landscapes, abundant wildlife, clean water, and quality of life.  We work with citizens, government, and the private sector to develop comprehensive solutions to environmental and sustainability challenges.  We are passionate advocates who tackle issues such as climate change, increased flooding, improving transportation, and promoting responsible growth along the coast of South Carolina. We have operations in Charleston, Murrells Inlet, and Beaufort, and Columbia. We also operate a local food hub in the Charleston area, GrowFood Carolina.



Part time


Reports to

Ben Garris



10-20 hours per week at $20 per hour. Initial length of 3 months, with potential extension of 3 months dependent on job performance and availability. 



Aid and supplement the Energy Program’s strategy regarding electric/gas regulation in South Carolina. Assist with and perform legal and policy research to support the clean energy and climate goals identified by the Energy Program.  Monitor, summarize, and organize key filings for strategic dockets at the Public Service Commission. Work to support active policy development, litigation, and public engagement team to advance the clean energy transition in South Carolina.

Essential Functions

  • Monitor the Public Service Commission’s Docket Management System (DMS) and download/organize filings from dockets of strategic interest as identified by Energy Program staff.
  • Produce high-level and detailed summaries of regulatory filings, including but not limited to applications, letters, reports, testimonies, and proposed & final orders, as needed by Energy Program staff.
  • Research past cases relevant to ongoing work, including at the Public Service Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and at the courts. Search out and identify key findings that may be obscure and difficult to find.
  • Review and summarize recordings of meetings held at the Public Service Commission and state legislature.
  • Participate in meetings with Energy Program staff to discuss development of policies and strategies. Occasionally join meetings with allies at other organizations as needed. Prepared to take detailed but concise notes if requested.
  • Provide support for all other needs of the Energy Program to advance the clean energy transition in South Carolina.






  • Strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to produce well-written and organized documents.
  • Excellent research skills, including familiarity with public utility, environmental or climate law. Must be analytical and detail oriented. Proficient in use of technology to aid research.
  • Working knowledge of language used in legal and regulatory documents. Able to parse and quickly understand key points and communicate them in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others to identify and tackle serious regulatory and legal issues. Willingness to learn and engage with complex topics.
  • Passion for environmental and climate issues and desire to promote the development of clean energy in South Carolina.

Preferred Education and Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental- or energy-related field.
  • Current J.D. candidate at an accredited law school.


  • At least one year of J.D. program experience.
  • Proven academic track record at the undergraduate and law level, including but not limited to coursework in environmental and energy law, involvement in law review, and other related academic success.
  • Past work experience assisting with and conducting legal or policy research, including work similar to functions identified for this position.
  • Past work experience in energy- or climate-related fields is a plus.


Work Environment



Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands, and climb stairs.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Travel is not required.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  Other duties may be required in the job as requested by the Supervisor.


Equal Opportunity

Cultivating a diverse and inclusive team is an essential component of the Conservation League’s commitment to advancing equity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


The Coastal Conservation League is an equal opportunity employer. The Conservation League does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, protected veteran status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by state laws and/or federal regulations. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment based upon applicable qualifications, merit, and business need.

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  • Location
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $20 per hour