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We’re hiring: Paid full-time legal intern

Published January 18, 2022

CUB is pleased to announce that the Minnesota State Bar Association, Public Utilities Section will be providing a stipend to partially support a paid legal internship with CUB for the summer of 2022. Interested law students can apply for the position by responding to the job posting below. Please spread the word!

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit consumer advocate, CUB serves two primary functions. First, we represent the interests of regular people to influence policy (including regulatory and legislative activities) affecting Minnesota’s public utilities. Our goal is to help ensure all Minnesotans have equal access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy – and to ensure consumers benefit from the transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy resources. Second, CUB serves as a resource for people trying to find answers to their energy-related questions. We educate consumers on resources, technologies, and programs designed to help them make their energy usage more efficient and more affordable, and we help them identify questions to ask utilities and venders to better understand their energy-related costs and benefits. 

The intern will be primarily supporting CUB’s policy work by engaging in legal research and writing and assisting CUB’s efforts to engage in and prepare for dockets under review by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC). For example, we might ask the intern to: (1) read numerous parties’ comments filed in a PUC docket and produce a concise summary of those comments; (2) research, and write a memo describing, how other state utilities commissions have addressed a novel legal question presented in a  docket before the Minnesota PUC; (3) research other states’ existing laws that relate to a  legislative initiative being addressed by the Minnesota Legislature; (4) summarize the effects and requirements of new energy-related legislation passed by, or likely to pass, the Minnesota legislature in 2022; and (5) draft blog posts about policy-related initiatives  CUB has participated in. When possible, we will invite the intern to observe proceedings before the Minnesota PUC and help us prepare any written or spoken comments we contribute to those proceedings. 

The intern will also have opportunities to work with our outreach and communications staff to learn more about CUB’s various initiatives to engage with and assist Minnesota’s residential energy consumers. 

Senior Regulatory Advocate, Brian Edstrom, will be the primary supervisor of the Legal  Intern.

Interested students can learn more about CUB, and the current initiatives we are working  on, by reading our blog:

Position Type: Law Student  

Practice Area(s): Public utilities  

Desired Class Level(s): This position is open to students completing their first (1L) or second (2L) year of law school. 

Salary: $6,800 ($17/hr) for 10 weeks employment in June through August 2022, 40 hours a week courtesy, in part, from a grant provided by the Public Utilities Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association.  

Location: CUB’s offices are located at 332 Minnesota St., Suite W1360, St. Paul, MN  55101. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CUB employees are currently working (mostly) remotely from their own homes. We try to meet in the office at least one day per week. As the internship approaches, we will assess whether it makes the most sense for the intern to work remotely or at CUB’s offices. 

Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume, List of Three References, Unofficial  Transcript, and a Writing Sample  

Posted On: January 18, 2022 

Applications Accepted Until February 11, 2022 

Please combine all required documents into one PDF and send to: 

Tram Nguyen (she/her/hers)  

Section Services Manager  

Minnesota State Bar Association  

(612) 278-6316

Author: Hannah Hoeger

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