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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 Summer 2022. Priority consideration for Summer 2022 internship applications will be given to applications received by January 7, 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. 

Qualifications:

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.

Application Form

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.