Office of State Rep. Khanh Pham (HD-46) Seeking 2 Law and Policy Externs

About the Office and Position

Representative-elect Khanh Pham has a bold legislative agenda centered on passing an Oregon Green New Deal, which combines economic, climate, and racial justice. Our office seeks a team of legal interns who will conduct research and analysis of federal, state, and local government policies, and prepare fact sheets, summaries, and comment letters. The position is a paid internship, for 15-20 hours/week. We are currently seeking applicants for the semester starting January of 2021. The work can be done remotely or in our office in Salem, Oregon.  Law and Policy interns will support researching specific aspects of an Oregon Green New Deal, including Energy Democracy, Housing, Transportation, Agriculture, Forestry, and more. 

Internship Responsibilities

  • Research laws, regulations, and policies, and analyze proposed amendments
  • Analyze proposed bills
  • Develop memos, position papers, and fact sheets
  • Draft bill language or amendments
  • Work with and deepen relationships with coalitions and stakeholders
  • Track the passage of bills into law in real time
  • Write external communications such as testimony or social media posts
  • Attend committee hearings


  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Legal research skills
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental, land use, or energy law
  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred

Desired education:

  • Currently enrolled student at a law school preferred but not necessary
  • Coursework or experience in politics, government, or environmental, land use, or energy law, highly preferred.

Compensation: Approx. $1,500 per semester if in conjunction with an accredited academic externship program; we will support law students in securing academic credit.

Application Process:

Apply by emailing a resume, brief one-page cover letter, and a short writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to: with your full name and “Law and Policy Internship” in the subject line. Please indicate in the cover letter the preferred number of hours/week, and whether your law or graduate school provides funding and/or credit for externships. Please also describe some of the previous coursework or research you have undertaken that would be relevant to this externship. Finalists for these legal externship positions may be asked for academic/professional references. We will consider applications for Spring 2021 during legislative session, as well as Summer and Fall of 2021 between sessions. Deadline for Applications for Spring 2021 (Jan-Apr) is December 1. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled.