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 of 2021.
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 currently accepting Fall 2021 internship applications for the following positions:
- The Asylum Project is seeking a Spanish-fluent law or undergraduate intern to work with our team in fall 2021, specifically working with our non-detained Unaccompanied Immigrant Children’s team. The intern would work directly with clients, assist with preparation of asylum, adjustment of status, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications, research issues related to client cases, and assist with Spanish interpretation and translation as needed. The intern would also be expected to complete certain administrative tasks including audits and mailing.
- 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 2021. Please follow application guidelines listed on this page but note that a 1-2 page writing sample is sufficient. Activities may include:
• Assisting with creating and implementing digital strategy for NIJC’s annual year-end fundraising campaign
• 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
- 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. This position is open to either undergraduate or law students.
- The Detention Project is seeking a law intern, with a strong preference for a Spanish speaking intern. The intern would directly (remotely) with client, research country conditions and legal issues related to client cases, assist with Spanish interpretation and translation as needed, as well as review completed intakes and input them in a database. Additionally, the law intern may have court appearances (with a supervisor).
- The Detention Project is seeking a Spanish fluent undergraduate student to work remotely. The intern would directly (remotely) with client, research country conditions and legal issues related to client cases, assist with Spanish interpretation and translation as needed, as well as review completed intakes and input them in a database.
- The Immigrant Legal Defense Project is seeking an undergraduate intern to assist with the VAWA/U Visa Pro Bono Project. The intern would assist with auditing cases, providing audit follow-up, and working with the Pro Bono team to prepare case referral packets and prepare cases for a U Visa Pro Bono Clinic. This position requires proficiency in Spanish.
- The Policy Team is seeking an Intern to support NIJC’s DC-based Policy Team in advancing legislative, regulatory, and executive branch advocacy projects. Projects generally will include supporting on legal research and writing, participating in coalition meetings, and analyzing policy developments. Specifically, the team is seeking a fall-term intern to assist with projects including: research and drafting to support the filing of a civil rights complaint regarding migration-related prosecutions at the southern border; and research and drafting to support NIJC’s comments in response to anticipating rulemaking regarding asylum processing and access.
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.
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.