USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

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Immigrant Children’s Legal Program 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 interns to provide support to USCRI’s Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (formerly the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children). Our office is located in Crystal City, part of the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program (ICLP) assists undocumented immigrant children ages 0-18 who are in removal proceedings. ICLP screens children 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

ICLP hires five interns each semester. The basic duties of the position along with application procedures are as follows:

Responsibilities
• All interns will conduct hour-long, telephonic intake interviews, mostly in Spanish, with children up to age 18;
• Write memos on each interviewee’s case in English;
• Orient children and their sponsors to the immigration court process; and
• Attend regular brown bag lunches featuring presentations by USCRI staff to gain familiarity with practices and concepts relevant to nonprofit and government organizations assisting immigrants and refugees.
• Additional duties handled by individual interns include: staffing a hotline for immigrants; updating the website by posting immigration law news and resources; recruiting pro bono attorneys through email and phone calls; and maintaining and updating ICLP’s database and assisting with case assignment.

Requirements
• Interns must have strong, advanced, or fluent Spanish speaking/comprehension abilities; and
• Excellent analytical and English language writing skills.
• Preference will be given to interns who can commit 35 hours per week for 10 weeks, but all applicants, including part-time applicants, will be considered.
• Interns must be available to begin on May 27 or June 2 and continue through August or September.
• PLEASE NOTE: 99% of interviews are conducted in Spanish; 1% are conducted in English directly or with an interpreter. APPLICATIONS THAT DO NOT DESCRIBE SPANISH ABILITY WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Preferred Qualifications
• 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 in related fields, or college graduates preferred.

Compensation
• 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.

Application Instructions
To apply, please send the following materials in the specified format to apply-internship@uscridc.org, Attn: Internship Coordinator. Only applications received via email will be considered. No phone calls, please!
• In the subject line of your email, write “ICLP Intern – Your First and Last Name,” e.g., “ICLP Intern – Jane Doe”
• 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
• State whether you are interested in a part-time and/or full-time internship
• YOU MUST INCLUDE a brief description of your ability to speak Spanish, e.g., “fluent Spanish,” “advanced Spanish,” “advanced intermediate Spanish,” etc.

Application deadline for first round of interviews: Monday, March 24. If positions remain unfilled, we will continue to interview candidates who apply before Monday, May 19 on a rolling basis. Internships begin on Tuesday, May 22, or Monday, June 2.

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