Academic Year Law Student Externships and Fellowships

Applications for remote or in-person, part- or full-time law student externships and fellowships during the academic year are accepted on a rolling basis.  Pine Tree is enthusiastic about partnering with law students and recent law graduates to develop fellowship proposals as resources allow. The number of opportunities varies from year to year.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by email to Shannon Karam, Esq. (she/her/hers), Director of Pro Bono Services, at skaram@ptla.org.

Pine Tree is committed to creating an inclusive environment for staff and volunteers.  We encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, Black, indigenous and people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, immigrants, and people who have experienced poverty or homelessness.

Undergraduate Internships

Opportunities may include interviewing and presenting legal information to clients, and/or research, investigation, and assisting with development and program needs. PTLA also makes an effort to tailor responsibilities to each intern’s respective interests and goals. Interns can expect their experiences to enhance their understanding of Maine's civil legal system and of the obstacles people with low incomes face as they attempt to resolve often overwhelming legal matters.  

Interns will learn how PTLA and other nonprofit legal services providers work to overcome barriers to justice, while making valuable contributions toward this goal. Activities may include attending staff case review sessions, observing court cases, participating in our summer lecture series introducing many of our areas of practice, and participating in group projects.

Duties and Responsibilities may include:

  • Work closely with paralegals to intake new clients both in court and through call center hours.
  • Meet with clients and assist with preparation of necessary paperwork and the collection of relevant evidence, including gathering documents, and photographing living conditions.   
  • Attend case meetings (as schedule allows) where attorneys collaboratively review cases and develop legal strategies for litigation.
  • Shadow advocates at a variety of court proceedings, and possibly observe trial or law court arguments.
  • Participate in a weekly lunch lecture series, gaining exposure to practice areas at Pine Tree across the state and insight into how the various areas of practice work together to provide holistic legal services to low-income Mainers.
  • Assist with community outreach programs and research related to project and grant development.
  • Assist with administrative tasks (data entry, copying, filing, etc.) as assigned.

Requirements:
Pine Tree seeks highly motivated student interns, with a demonstrated interest in working with low-income individuals from diverse backgrounds. Interns should have strong research, writing and communication skills, and the ability to work independently and in a group.   

Summer Undergraduate Internships

The application and hiring process for our regular full-time summer 2022 undergraduate internships has now closed.  

New Short-term Summer Internship Opportunities!  (Posted May 3, 2022)

Pine Tree Legal Assistance has embarked on a new project to better understand eviction trends In Maine over the past few years, and we are seeking two student interns or community volunteers to assist with this project during the summer of 2022.  This is a very exciting opportunity to contribute to statewide eviction research to help Pine Tree, the Maine State government, and other organizations better understand eviction trends and the affected populations. Interns will work alongside Pine Tree’s Eviction Research Coordinator, Carter Ramquist, both in person and remotely to collect data in their assigned areas.

The position will entail in-person data collection in either:

  • Bangor District Court, or 
  • Caribou and Presque Isle District Courts.

The intern or volunteer will participate in a remote training before beginning independent data collection, and Carter will also be present for at least one day of joint research in court.  It will be the intern/volunteer’s responsibility to arrange transportation to and from each court.  We expect there to be approximately 120 hours of work for the Bangor position, and about 50 hours of work for the Aroostook County (Caribou/Presque Isle) position.   There is some flexibility, based on the intern/volunteer’s availability or preference, regarding start and end dates and whether to conduct the work on a full-time basis for a shorter period of time (less than four weeks in Bangor; less than two weeks in Caribou/Presque Isle) or on a part-time basis over a longer period of time.   These are unpaid short-term positions.

Responsibilities include: 

  • Attending a remote workshop on data collection at the start of the project 
  • Going to district court in person for data collection 
  • Searching public eviction files to find specific information 
  • Please note that the courts cannot guarantee a place to sit while reviewing files.

Attributes: 

  • Ability to think critically on the fly  
  • Strong communication skills by email, phone, and in-person 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Self-motivated and reliable 
  • At minimum a basic comprehension of Microsoft Excel 
  • Interest in data collection and/or fair housing  

Need to have: 

  • Reliable transportation  
  • Personal laptop  
  • Excel capabilities  

TO APPLY:  Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Mary Murphy, Pro Bono Program Paralegal, at mmurphy@ptla.org,  Applications will be accepted through 6/1/22 or until the positions are filled.

Academic Year Undergraduate Internships

Pine Tree sometimes has a limited number of part-time undergraduate internships during the academic year.  Applications for these positions are accepted on a rolling basis.   To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Mary Murphy, Pro Bono Program Paralegal, at mmurphy@ptla.org

Read what previous interns say about their time at PTLA