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Legal Student Intern/Externship, OGC (9921)


Work for Our Water Resources.

Help protect one of Florida’s most vital resources — water — with a career at the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District).
The District is a government agency whose mission is to protect water resources, minimize flood risks, and ensure the public’s water needs are met. We serve a population of nearly 6 million people in west-central Florida as directed by state law.

Join our Office of General Counsel

Here is your opportunity to work with our Office of General Counsel, gaining hands-on experience in legal research, analysis, writing, advising, advocacy, and litigation.
For helping to maintain our valuable water resources as a student, we offer:
  • Training and Development: Having a successful career takes more than technical training. The District helps our staff develop additional skill sets, such as emotional intelligence, time management, customer service, conflict resolution, communications and more. As an intern, you are eligible to attend these on-site trainings. 
  • Employee Assistance Program: Provides confidential assistance and support in a wide variety of areas important to an employee’s well-being, including but not limited to work and life balance, stress management, coping with family issues, financial advice, legal and workplace problems, addictions, student loan assistance and any other personal issues adversely affecting quality of life.
  • Wellness Program: Your Health Matters is designed to encourage employees to engage in healthier lifestyle behaviors through the achievement of health and fitness goals. The program includes classes on health and fitness topics, District campus walking routes, a fitness challenge, tobacco-cessation resources, an ergonomics program, discount programs, incentives and other resources. Participation in wellness program activities is voluntary. 

Essential Functions

  • Introductory intern/extern assignments under close, direct supervision including:
  • Legal Research: Review cases, statutes, rules, and other authorities. Interact with the District's technical staff to gather important facts.
  • Analysis: Synthesize and analyze facts, cases, statutes, rules, and other authorities into coherent, persuasive legal reasoning.
  • Writing: Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, motions, discovery, or other documents.
  • Advising: Discuss your work with our attorneys.
  • Advocacy: Help advance the District's policies and initiatives.
  • Litigation: May attend depositions, hearings, trials, or other proceedings.

Working Conditions

Work activity is primarily sedentary with ability to perform continuous repetitive tasks (to include keyboarding) with one or both hands. This position requires the ability to lift and carry objects up to 20 pounds. Must be able to frequently bend and reach above shoulder level. Must be able to operate automotive vehicle for 2 hours or more at a time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work environments vary by assigned business unit. 

Required Credentials for Office of General Counsel Student Extern

  • Bachelor's Degree (or higher)
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited law school
  • Maintain a minimum GPA per the requirement for the law school program
  • Upload Unofficial Transcript to application or profile
  • Valid driver’s license 

Application Process

The District will determine eligibility for employment solely from the information provided on a District employment application. All applicants are required to complete, in full, a District employment application. Any application that is not complete will not receive consideration for the position. A resume will not be considered as a substitute for the information requested on the application for purposes of qualification.

Additional Details

This is an unpaid internship/externship. Students seeking academic credit for an externship must coordinate through their participating law school.
This position is typically scheduled to work no more than 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, out of the Tampa, FL office, as class schedule permits. 

Travel Required

Some travel, using District vehicle, within District's coverage area.
Accepting applications until December 16, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. 
About Us
Managing the water resources for west-central Florida, our district includes approximately 10,000 square miles of territory spanning 16 counties and serving more than 5 million residents. Established in 1961 as a flood-protection agency, our objective is to meet the needs of current and future water users, protect and preserve our water resources, manage the water supply, protect water quality, and preserve water-related functions. 
Apply Now
The District prides itself on providing a positive work flexible environment that engages and supports our employees. This could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Click on the link to apply and put yourself to work for our water resources.


Equal Employment Opportunity/Veterans Preference/Drug-Free Workplace/Tobacco Free Campuses.
All applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment in employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, marital status, familial status, or medical condition. All recruitment, hiring, placements, transfers and promotions will be on the basis of individual skills, knowledge and abilities, and the feasibility of any necessary job accommodation(s).
The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) does not discriminate on the basis of disability in regard to job application procedures, hiring, and other terms and conditions of employment. It is further the policy of the District to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities in all aspects of the employment process. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing an application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to (352) 796-7211 or 1-800-423-1476 (FL only), ext. 4747; or email If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (Voice). In the event of a complaint, please follow the grievance procedure located at
The District participates in E-Verify employment eligibility verification. We will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
The District will not sponsor applicants for work visas.