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The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) offers internships to law students and undergraduate students to work in a variety of its different legal services programs. The internships present an excellent opportunity to learn more about U.S. immigration law and policies while making a difference in the lives of people who are in need of legal representation. NIJC is currently accepting internship applications for fall 2022.
NIJC has garnered a national reputation for providing quality free and low-cost legal services and advocacy for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. NIJC’s trainings, publications, and technical assistance reach a diverse constituency of pro bono lawyers, non-profit organizations, policymakers, and government officials. NIJC’s office is located in downtown Chicago and many of the internships may be done remotely (please see the specific position descriptions for more details). NIJC will support individuals in obtaining outside compensation.
NIJC offers internships to law students and undergraduate students to work in variety of legal services programs. The internships present an excellent opportunity to learn more about U.S. immigration law and policy, while making a difference in the lives of low-income and impoverished individuals who are in need of legal representation.
In general, an internship may include the following activities:
- Interview clients telephonically and in-person to collect factual information related to their cases;
- Input case-related information into client database and prepare case summaries and legal immigration documents and materials;
- Conduct follow-up interviews with clients throughout the case preparation process;
- Assist NIJC attorneys in preparing for hearings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review; and
- Ensure copies of all relevant documentation are routed to the client’s case file.
NIJC also offers internships with our development, communications, and pro bono projects.
Fall Internship Opportunities:
Communications & Marketing: The Communications and Marketing internship is an opportunity to learn strategies for engaging audiences through digital channels such as social media and email, create engaging content, gain experience developing and executing an online fundraising appeal that provides critical funding for programs, and understand how to use data and analytics for more effective programs. Applicants with fundraising experience and design skills a plus but not required. This is a part-time and remote internship for the fall 2022. Activities may include:
- Assisting with creating and implementing digital strategy for NIJC’s annual year-end fundraising campaign; C Creating and scheduling content for NIJC’s social media, emails, and website
- Collecting, editing, and organizing client stories from program staff
- Pulling and analyzing data from NIJC’s social media accounts and email marketing statistics
- Assisting with special projects as needed
Counter-Trafficking Project: NIJC’s Counter-Trafficking Project (CTP) provides immigration legal services to survivors of human trafficking, including representation before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Chicago Immigration Court. The intern will support CTP’s legal services by drafting client affidavits, conducting research related to client cases, gathering country condition and secondary sources to support filings, drafting legal briefs, communicating with clients, and other tasks as assigned. Spanish proficiency required. The position is part-time and can be fully remote or with occasional in-office work based on the interns preference.
Federal Litigation Unit: Interns with the litigation team conduct legal research, write legal memos, work with clients who have pending (or soon to be pending) federal-court matters. Client facing work includes writing declarations and interviewing clients primarily. Legal writing experience includes memos and potential court documents like motions.
Policy: The Policy Intern will support NIJC’s DC-based Policy Team in advancing legislative, regulatory, and executive branch advocacy projects that advance the rights of immigrant communities. Projects generally will include supporting on legal research and writing, participating in coalition meetings, and analyzing policy developments. NIJC’s Policy Team’s advocacy priorities are decarceration and decriminalization in the immigration context and access to asylum. The Intern will be working remotely. The Internship is open to undergraduate or law students.
Interns must have a passion for our issues and excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ideal candidates are independent, detail-oriented, and highly organized. Experience with Windows XP, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word is a must. Database experience is very helpful. Oral comprehension and proficiency in both English and Spanish or French is preferred. Applicants must be open to evolving responsibilities.
Thank you for your interest in an internship at the National Immigrant Justice Center! Please complete the following application to be considered for an internship position. All fields are required. NIJC is currently accepting internship applications for fall 2022.
The National Immigrant Justice Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applications of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated.