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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 of 2020.

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:

  • Asylum Project Intern: The Asylum Project is seeking a Spanish-fluent law or undergraduate student to work remotely with our team this fall, specifically working with NIJC’s non-detained unaccompanied immigrant Children’s Protection Project team. The intern would work directly (remotely) with clients, assist with preparation of asylum, adjustment of status, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications, research legal issues related to client cases, and assist with Spanish interpretation and translation as needed. Preference to candidates able to commit at least 15 hours/week.
  • Counter-Trafficking Project Intern: The Counter-Trafficking Project intern will assist the project in providing direct legal immigration services to immigrant survivors of human trafficking, who the project represents before U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). This may include drafting client affidavits for immigration applications, conducting legal research related to client cases, gathering country condition and secondary sources to support filings, drafting legal memos, communicating with clients, and other tasks as assigned. This internship is open to law or undergraduate students and requires Spanish proficiency. This internship is part-time and can be remote.
  • Immigrant Children Protection Project Intern: The Children’s Protection Project is seeking a Spanish-fluent law intern to work remotely with unaccompanied immigrant children, including assisting with pending asylum cases (preparing legal cover letters/briefs, affidavit work with clients and clients’ family members, country condition research, etc.). The intern will also have the opportunity to represent detained unaccompanied children in court for master calendar hearings and/or to represent an unaccompanied child for their asylum interview, under the supervision of one of NIJC’s supervising attorneys. This position can be remote and is an estimated 20-40 hours per week, with flexibility depending on the candidate's availability.

  • Communications and Marketing Intern: The Communications and Marketing internship is an opportunity to: learn strategies for engaging audiences through digital channels including 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. Activities may include: Assisting with creating and implementing digital strategy for NIJC’s annual year-end fundraising campaign; crafting content for NIJC’s social media accounts, 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; and assisting with special projects. Applicants with fundraising experience, design skills and experience with Adobe Creative Suite software a plus. This is a part-time, remote internship.


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.

To apply:

Please send an email to specifying which internship position(s) you are interested in from the list above and include the following materials:

  • Resume
  • 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)
  • Transcript
  • 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.