Immigrant Children's Legal Program Intern

USCRI is looking for an Immigrant Children’s Legal Program intern who is interested in pursuing an opportunity to assist immigrant children seeking legal assistance. As the Immigrant Children’s Legal Program intern, you will assist our staff attorney with a wide range of projects related to assisting undocumented immigrant children who are in removal proceedings, support screens of children eligible for legal relief from deportation, recruit and train volunteer attorneys, match children with attorneys, as well as other project-driven tasks. This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. The Immigrant Children’s Legal Program intern will learn how to take his or her knowledge and skills from the classroom and directly apply them to our work environment. The intern will assist under the direction of our Staff Attorney.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Conduct hour-long, telephonic intake interviews, mostly in Spanish, with children seeking legal representation
  • Write referrals memos on each interviewee’s case
  • Orient children and their sponsors to the immigration court process
  • Conduct initial informational calls with interested pro bono attorney volunteers
  • Mainline the hotline and provide brief services for callers
  • Access EOIR hotline to determine information regarding client’s cases
  • Complete change of venue and change of address forms

What We Are Looking For:

  • Advanced proficiency or fluent Spanish required
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with immigrants, low-income communities, children, survivors of domestic violence, survivors of sexual assault, or gender-based violence
  • Organized, with an ability to multi-task various projects and prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Ability to take initiative and self-motivate to meet goals and deadlines
  • Dedication to human rights of refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers and displaced people

USCRI is dedicated to ensuring a mutually beneficial relationship with its interns. We value all of our interns and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career interests and goals. You will gain a better understanding of immigration processes. You will have the opportunity to help children seeking legal representation and make a difference. Interns are also provided opportunities to learn more about the organization, our department leaders and other professionals in the non-profit sector, and enhance your professional development through weekly Brown Bag presentations and mission-related film screenings.

Internship Details:

This internship begins January 17, 2017 and requires a 20 hour per week commitment. USCRI internships require a minimum of 20 hours per week and interns may not be in the office more than 8 hours per day. The internship is located in Crystal City-Arlington, VA, 15 minutes from DC.

Compensation:

  • Part-time (20-30 hrs. per week): up to $160 stipend per month
  • Full-time (30-40): $240 stipend per month
  • Local travel expenses to and from the office are also reimbursed, up to a maximum of $20 per day

Application Instructions:
To apply for this internship, please send the following materials to apply-internship@uscridc.org. Only applications received via email will be considered for this position. 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”
  • In your cover letter, please state your interest and experience in working with immigrants and/or children and/or marginalized communities
  • 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.

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