2018 Summer Internship Call for Applications

Open until filled. 

The Organization

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is designed to incubate legal services start-ups in the area of environmental law for underserved, modest means clients. The purposes of the organization include the education of attorneys in serving modest means clients, increasing equal access to justice, and community empowerment for the Appalachian Basin (New York to Georgia). Fair Shake advances local, community decision-making about community health, environmental protection and cleanup, and development by providing access to justice for individuals and groups that are currently underserved.

Summer Internship Program

Fair Shake has a summer internship program in our Pittsburgh, PA and Akron, OH locations. We are looking for bright, motivated, and creative law students to join us for the summer to help us increase access to justice in environmental matters and public participation in environmental decision-making.

Summer interns can expect to gain experience in public speaking, collaborative case development, factual investigation, and legal analysis. Summer interns will work on a diverse scope of environmental matters, but may focus in areas of desired practice development. Fair Shake attorneys will provide feedback on each intern’s skills development in regular weekly meetings. Anticipated case matters include permit appeals, civil litigation, citizen suits, permit and rule comments, administrative petitions, land use hearings, gas lease reviews and negotiations, compliance counseling, community educational presentations, and opinion letter development.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates should have completed at least 1 year of law school.


Fair Shake works with law schools that provide summer fellowship funding. In addition, if available through a student’s school, Fair Shake can provide academic credit for summer internships.

To Apply

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and your CV or résumé (more than one page is welcome) to:

If applying to be considered at either office or the Akron, OH office:

James Yskamp

Supervising Attorney

159 S. Main Street, Suite 1030

Akron, OH 44308


If applying to be considered only at the Pittsburgh, PA office:

Patrick Auth

Supervising Attorney

3495 Butler Street, Suite 102

Pittsburgh, PA 15201


In your letter of interest, please address the following:

·       Your interest in environmental legal services;

·       Your level of experience with environmental law and policy;

·       Your level of experience with administrative agency process and law;

·       Your effectiveness in communication with people from diverse backgrounds;

·       What skills development you would like the Fair Shake summer internship experience to provide to you.

Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity in our workforce.

resident attorneys

We typically post a call for applications for Resident Attorneys in the Fall of each year.