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The Environmental Protection Division, Department of Natural Resources, State of Georgia (“EPD”) is the state agency charged with protecting Georgia’s air, land and water resources pursuant to its authority under state and federal environmental statutes and regulations. These environmental laws regulate public and private facilities in the areas of air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, water supply, solid waste, surface mining, underground storage tanks, dams, etc. EPD is headed by a Director and organized into three branches (Air Protection, Watershed Protection and Land Protection) located in Atlanta and seven district offices around the state. Among other things, EPD issues permits, performs compliance inspections and takes enforcement for violations. More information about EPD and its mission, vision and guiding principles can be found at

Externs who participate in an externship position with the Director’s office of EPD will be supervised by Counsel for the Director and will be asked to perform a variety of tasks, which may include: performing legal research and preparing memoranda for the Director and/or Branch Chiefs of EPD; meeting with the Director, Branch Chiefs and EPD staff; participating in compliance and enforcement meetings; observing committee meetings and/or other proceedings at the Georgia Legislature; attending meetings of the Board of Natural Resources, which is the policy and rule-making body for EPD; assisting in the preparation by EPD personnel for administrative hearings and/or observing administrative hearings and/or court appearances; and participating in a plant tour to observe pollution controls.



  • Environmental Law
  • Third-year students or second semester second-year students


  • Administrative Law
  • Corporations


Students will be required to undergo a background check.