Working at PHLP

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Working at PHLP gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of individuals; to influence rules and policies that impact vast numbers of people; and to protect the dignity and health care rights of the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians.

We are blessed with amazing staff, interns, and volunteers. Our team consists of driven, bright, compassionate individuals who bring great ideas, hard work, and a willingness to dive right in.

At PHLP, we are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace.  All applicants are invited to include in their cover letter a statement about how their unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and inclusive perspective of our staff and our work.

  • The Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) is seeking a law student intern to join our Philadelphia or Pittsburgh office on a hybrid basis for Summer 2024. Intern tasks include client interviewing, handling a small caseload of Medicaid eligibility and service denial cases under the supervision of a Staff Attorney, assisting attorneys and paralegals with case preparation, observation of both in- person and telephonic administrative hearings, research projects with a legal or public policy focus, and statewide health policy advocacy.

    The successful candidate will demonstrate the following qualities:

    • Commitment to and passion for PHLP’s mission of improving access to quality healthcare for all Pennsylvanians
    • “Self-starter” able to work independently without strict oversight
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Experience or interest in a client-facing role, working with individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds
    • Demonstrated interest in experiencing nonprofit legal/advocacy work from the inside

    PHLP particularly welcomes summer internship applications from law students interested in later seeking a post-graduate public interest fellowship.

    This is a full-time, 10-week internship based in either our Philadelphia or Pittsburgh office. We expect our intern(s) to work on a hybrid schedule for Summer 2024 with both in-office and remote work on a weekly basis.



    About PHLP:

    The Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm that represents Pennsylvanians who need help getting or keeping Medicaid (also known as Medical Assistance or MA).


    Through our Helpline, we serve thousands of individuals from across the state each year. We listen to our clients’ stories, and we translate their personal experiences into a legal problem to be solved. Sometimes that means challenging a decision to deny or stop Medicaid benefits. We also challenge Medicaid plans when they reduce or deny services.



    A stipend is available for summer interns who are not eligible for other sources of funding. Interns are strongly encouraged to apply for public interest funding programs available through their law schools.


    How to Apply:

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We begin reviewing applications in January and conduct interviews in late January to early February.


    To apply, send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Pamela Silver, Supervising Attorney, at


    PHLP is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment and is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and life experiences, especially those who have personal or lived experience with Medicaid or other public benefit programs.  In your cover letter, we encourage you to tell us how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity and cultural perspective of our staff and clients and enhance our legal practice.

    Download this posting here.

  • PHLP evaluates candidates for sponsorship for post-graduate fellowships on a rolling basis. Candidates interested in applying for an Independence Foundation Fellowship, Skadden Fellowship, Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Philadelphia Bar Foundation Fellowship, Martin Luther King Fellowship, or other post-graduate public interest law fellowship to work in the health law field may apply.

    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter indicating your interest in health law and any ideas you have for fellowship project proposals to Danna Casserly ( and Erin Guay ( 

    While ideas for project proposals are welcome, they are not required.

  • PHLP’s Philadelphia office welcomes school-year internship applications from undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. We require a 10-20 hour per week commitment and will work with your institution, if applicable, to arrange for course credit.

    Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to