Intern- Legal

Bellevue, Washington, United States | Intern | Full-time


TITLE:                   Legal Intern (1L or 2L Law Students) 


LOCATION:          Bellevue, WA, USA         


TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company’s activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications – all for significant human health benefits.


TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes.  TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.


Legal Intern (1L or 2L Law Students)


The candidates will report to and work closely with our inhouse legal counsel and collaborate with other members of the TerraPower Legal team and other employees, to help to research relevant legal issues, and edit legal documents and contracts to both protect TerraPower and help use more our business forward. Qualified candidates will have an interest in the inhouse legal environment, and a demonstrated commitment to advanced nuclear projects. Interns will be exposed to a variety of areas, with a primary focus on contracts, intellectual property and legal compliance. Interns must have good research, writing, and interpersonal skills. 



  • Conduct legal research and assist in the preparation of legal documents, special projects, and reports.
  • Conduct marketplace and IP research to develop a comparative IP framework. 
  • Review various agreements to develop internal procedures for data and IP sharing. 
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to provide legal guidance, and answer contract-related inquiries.
  • Review, draft, and manage a wide range of lower-risk contracts and agreements, including but not limited to vendor contracts, software licenses, customer agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and other commercial agreements.
  • Pairing with inhouse attorneys who will serve as a managers during the internship and provide guidance on job duties, and special projects. 


Key Qualifications and Skills

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, and in their 1L or 2L year. 
  • Finished 1L law school year and completed contracts law coursework; IP law and international law coursework is preferred.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills, including documentation of findings and recommendations. 
  • High level of proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and SharePoint with strong computer skills to learn docketing and IP search software tools.
  • Ability to drive completion of due dates 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Critical thinking skills and ability to professionally address problems and initiate corrective action.
  • Keen accuracy and strong attention to detail; ability to multi-task.
  • Team player; consistently and proactively volunteer to assist where needed.
  • The successful candidate will possess a high degree of trustworthiness and integrity, communicate openly and display respect and a desire to foster teamwork.   


Job Functions 


Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position.  These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation.  Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations.  An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.


  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day 
  • Travel required: 0-5%


TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government.  TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements.  To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.  Government export authorization approval times vary.  Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.   

Job details

Hourly rate range**  $40.75 – $42.00


Job Type:  Intern


  • Competitive Compensation
  • Hourly pay rate
  • Weekly stipend for out of area Interns
  • Weekly commuter stipend for local area Interns
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
    • Interns accrue 1 hour of PTO for every 40 hours worked
  • Holiday Schedule
    • Paid holidays commensurate with Internship period and TerraPower Holiday Schedule
  • Relocation Assistance for out of area Interns

**Intern pay rate will be commensurate with degree path and academic year completed at start of Internship.


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