USCRI’s Legal Services Program provides low-cost immigration services to low-income refugees and immigrants. The intern will work closely with Legal Services staff to provide legal services to clients seeking family- and humanitarian-based immigration relief.
You Will Learn How To:
- Assist Legal Services Program staff in helping refugees and immigrants apply for various family- and humanitarian-based immigration relief and benefits such as, asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, work authorization, and adjustment of status;
- Assist Attorneys in conducting immigration consultations with prospective clients;
- Assist Attorneys with accurate completion of application forms for clients;
- Communicate with clients regarding status updates on their cases;
- Conduct legal and country conditions research;
- Draft memoranda, affidavits, and briefs;
- Access EOIR hotline to determine information regarding client’s cases;
- Other related duties as assigned by Legal Services staff.
What We Are Looking For:
- JD candidate/law student preferred; will consider an undergraduate or graduate student
- 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 refugees and immigrants 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.
This internship begins September 10, 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.
- 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
To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter, resume, and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only applications received via email will be considered for this position. No phone calls please!
- In the subject line of your email, write “LSP Intern – Your First and Last Name,” e.g., “LSP Intern – Jane Doe”
- In your cover letter, please state your interest and experience in working with immigrants and/or children and/or marginalized communities, and 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.