POSITION: Immigration Intern
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a non-governmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, seeks Immigration Interns to provide support to USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children). The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) screens undocumented, unaccompanied immigrant children who are in removal proceedings for eligibility for legal relief from deportation; recruits and trains volunteer attorneys; and matches children with attorneys. For more information on the program, please visit www.refugees.org.
USCRI is dedicated to ensuring a mutually beneficial relationship with its interns. USCRI offers interns a student-friendly environment and flexible schedule. Interns are provided opportunities to learn more about the organization and the non-profit sector and enhance their professional development through weekly Brown Bag presentations and mission-related film screenings.
Interns at ICLP play a pivotal role in serving immigrant children. The basic duties of the position along with application procedures are as follows:
• Conduct telephone intake interviews with children up to age 18, typically in Spanish;
• Write one to three page memos on each child’s case in English;
• Orient children and their sponsors to the immigration court process;
• Recruit pro bono attorneys through email and phone calls;
• Update ICLP’s website by posting resources and information on developments in immigration law.
• Interns must be fluent or highly advanced in Spanish speaking and comprehension;
• Excellent analytical and English language writing skills;
• Preference will be given to interns who can commit at least 35 hours per week for 10 weeks, but all applicants, including part-time applicants, will be considered;
• Interns must be available to begin on September 10 and continue interning through at least mid-December.
• Familiarity in working with immigrant, refugee, or low-income communities;
• Prior experience working with children or children’s issues;
• High level of professionalism;
• Ability to multitask; and
• A sense of humor.
• Law students, graduate students or college graduates preferred.
• Full-time (30+ hrs. per week): $100 stipend per month
• Part-time (20-30 hrs. per week): up to $80 stipend per month
• Local travel expenses to and from the office are also reimbursed
To apply, please send the following materials in the specified format to firstname.lastname@example.org, Attn: Internship Coordinator. Only applications received via email will be considered. No phone calls, please!
• In the subject line of your email, write “Immigration Intern – [Your Name]”
• Resume or C.V.
• Cover letter stating your qualifications for this position and describing your interest and experience in working with immigrants and/or children and/or marginalized communities
• Please include whether you are interested in a part-time and/or full-time internship.
• Please include a brief description of your ability to speak Spanish, e.g., “fluent Spanish,” “advanced Spanish,” etc.
Now accepting applications for internships beginning on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Deadline for first round of interviews: Friday, August 2. If positions remain unfilled, a second round of interviews will consider candidates who apply before Tuesday, August 20.
*Internships require a minimum 10 weeks and 15 hours per week commitment. The internship is located in the Washington DC metropolitan area, Crystal City.
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is an equal opportunity employer.