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 summer of 2021. All NIJC internships will continue to be conducted remotely.
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 is seeking applicants for the following internship positions:
- The Counter-Trafficking Project is seeking a Spanish-fluent law or undergraduate intern to work remotely with our team in summer 2021. 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.
- NIJC’s Indiana offices (in Goshen and Indianapolis) are seeking undergraduate and law student summer interns. Law student interns will conduct intake consultations, prepare filings for immigration benefits, interview clients to write declarations and affidavits, collect evidence, conduct legal research, develop legal arguments, and assist with other office work, including some clerical tasks. Undergraduate interns will participate in some of the foregoing legal work, handle a larger share of clerical tasks, and assist in the planning on the third annual NIJC 5K for Immigrant Justice fundraiser.
- The Policy Team, based in NIJC's Washington, DC office, seeks an undergraduate intern with strong research and writing skills to support the team in our advocacy work in the legislative, regulatory, and executive action spaces. Projects are likely to include: research and writing support on policy briefs and advocacy materials; and administrative and substantive support to enhance our communication and strategic outreach to Members of Congress and their staff.
- The Pro Bono Program intern will support NIJC’s Pro Bono Program operations with a specific focus on data management and coordinating team support. NIJC operates one of the largest pro bono programs in the Midwest with over 2,000 active pro bono attorneys from 165+ partners. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in project coordination and data management. Experience with Microsoft Excel is necessary, as is the ability to multi-task with flexibility and focus. Activities may include: support program staff in updating information in Legal Server, NIJC’s database, and maintaining regular data reports; coordinate and update materials for pro bono attorneys and in-house Pro Bono Program teams, including organizing website materials.
- The San Diego Project seeks a legal intern for a full-time summer internship. The San Diego Project collaborates with the Federal Defenders of San Diego to provide immigration legal services to people dually impacted by the federal criminalization of migration and the deportation system at the U.S.-Mexico border, and contributes to litigation and advocacy efforts impacting non-citizens in the region. The intern will perform a variety of tasks including interviewing clients, drafting client affidavits, conducting legal research related to client cases, gathering country condition and secondary sources to support filings, drafting legal briefs, assisting in translations, and other tasks as assigned. Spanish fluency required.
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.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying which internship position(s) you are interested in from the list above and include the following materials:
- Cover letter
- Brief writing sample (3-5 pages on any topic and law students may choose to submit legal writings; 1-2 pages on any topic for Communications and Marketing internship)
- Contact information for at least one reference
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.