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2023-2024 Legal Internship

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is seeking interns to work in the Legal Affairs & SEM Unit between September 2023 and June 2024. Interns will have an exciting opportunity to work on several submissions at various stages in the trilateral Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process under the Environment Chapter of the USMCA/CUSMA as well as on other in-house legal matters relevant to the CEC’s work as an international organization.

Responsibilities

  • Legal interns will perform research and prepare legal memoranda on environmental issues in the US, Mexico, and Canada as well as international issues.
  • Legal interns will assist with reviewing submissions and associated documents, and preparing determinations, notifications, and factual records.

Location and Duration

  • Successful candidates will work under the supervision of the CEC Legal Officer at the CEC’s Headquarters Office in Montreal, Canada or remotely.
  • 12-weeks or more, starting at the end of September 2023. The CEC is open to extending the internship up to 18 weeks, depending on the candidate’s availability and the volume of work.
  • The proposed schedule is between 15 and 20 hours per week, based on the availability of the candidate and duration of the internship.
  • The CEC will provide a stipend between CAD$1,200 and CAD$2,500 to successful candidates, depending on the duration, modality (distance or in-person) and the weekly schedule.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be current law students on track to graduate in 2023,2024, or 2025.
  • Applicants should have completed coursework in environmental and/or international law.
  • Applicants should possess strong writing and legal research skills and be able to work both independently and with a team.
  • Applicants should have a general understanding of the SEM process and are encouraged to consult the CEC website at: cec.org/submissions.
  • Applicants should have working proficiency in at least two of the three CEC official languages (English and/or Spanish and/or French).
  • Applicants must be residents of Canada, Mexico, or the United States.
  • Successful candidates will be responsible for their own health insurance.

Application Process and Deadline

Please send a resume/CV, unofficial transcript, and a one-page statement of interest no later than September 1st 2023 to Doris Millan at: dmillan@cec.org.

Thank you for your interest in the CCA and please be advised that we will only contact those who are shortlisted.

Overview

Status

Active

Deadline

September 1, 2023 5:00pm

Salary/Budget

The CEC will provide a stipend between CAD$1,200 and CAD$2,500 to successful candidates, depending on the duration, modality (distance or in-person) and the weekly schedule.

Location

Headquarters Office in Montreal, Canada or remotely

About the CEC and SEM Process

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was created by Canada, Mexico, and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The CEC now operates under the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) as of July 1, 2020.

The CEC facilitates effective cooperation and public participation to conserve, protect and enhance the North American environment in support of sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Submissions on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process under Chapter 24 of the CUSMA allows any national of or entity established in Canada, Mexico, or the US to file a submission asserting that a Party to CUSMA is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws.

We appreciate your interest in the CEC and wish to inform you that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. All résumés will be kept on file for a six-month period and taken into consideration for any suitable vacancies occurring during that time.