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INTERNSHIPS

Nearly a thousand interns have participated in Ayuda’s highly respected internship and training program over the years. Several have applied for jobs at Ayuda thereafter and joined our talented staff. Ayuda accepts undergraduate and graduate (including law and social work) students as interns. Ayuda internships are unpaid, but Ayuda is willing to assist the student in applying for externship/field placement credit and/or fellowships. All legal and social service interns have the opportunity to work directly with clients.

Ayuda internships tend to follow the scholastic year: fall semester, spring semester, and summer. Interns during the academic school year are generally required to work at least 15 hours per week, Monday - Friday, for 10-12 weeks. Summer interns are required to work 30-40 hours per week, Monday - Friday, for a minimum of 10 weeks.

All interns must be bilingual (Spanish-English) unless applying for an communications or fundraising internship.

Ayuda offers the following internship programs:

Domestic Violence/Family Law Internship- DC office

The Domestic Violence/Family Law unit is seeking part-time (minimum of 15 hours per week) bilingual Spanish-English (written and verbal) legal interns for Spring 2015 beginning mid-January to May. Responsibilities and qualifications are listed below:

Qualifications and Responsibilities
Ideally, applicants should have experience working with the immigrant community and domestic violence survivors.  Additionally, the candidate should be detail-oriented, well-organized, and work well with a team of attorneys and social service professionals.
 
The Domestic Violence/Family Law intern will have significant contact with clients from a variety of cultures and will work directly with the attorneys and clients in helping to prepare cases.  They will also perform tasks that include, but are not limited to: conducting client intake interviews, accompanying clients to court as an advocate, drafting legal documents (i.e. complaints and motions), conducting legal research in complex divorce and custody cases, translating documents in English and Spanish, assisting the paralegal with Pro Se family law cases, and assisting in DV/SA related immigration cases.
 
How to apply
If you are interested in the Domestic Violence/Family Law Unit, please apply by email to Cat Walker at cat@ayuda.com
 
In your email, please attach both your resume and cover letter describing your specific interest in Ayuda’s work and how you would contribute to our mission.  In addition, be sure to include your full contact information and specify your dates and times of availability. If you are applying for more than one internship at Ayuda, please state your placement preference in your cover letter.
 
Please submit applications via email only per instructions above.  No phone calls, please. 
Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, and positions remain open until filled. 


Immigration Legal Internships –Washington, DC Office

Ayuda’s Washington, DC office* is currently accepting applications for Spring 2015 internships, and will interview and accept applicants on a rolling basis. Positions are open to all applicants (law students, graduate students and undergraduate students, or individuals holding an undergraduate degree). Spring internships will last from January through May. Ideal candidates will commit to working a minimum of 16 hours a week during Ayuda’s office hours of Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. All internship positions are unpaid but Ayuda can work with you if you intend to obtain school credit or funding for your internship hours.

*Immigration Internships also available through Ayuda’s Falls Church, Virginia office.*

Immigration Intern Responsibilities:

  • Communicating with clients from all over the world in Spanish and English, and in other languages through the use of interpreters
  • Carrying active caseloads of immigration cases, under the supervision of experienced attorneys and BIA Accredited Representatives
  • Preparing filings to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, including (but is not limited to) petitions for survivors of domestic violence (VAWA petitions), crime (U-visas) and human trafficking (T-visas), petitions for abandoned/unaccompanied minor immigrant children, political asylum applications, family reunifications petitions, adjustments of status to permanent residence, naturalization, Temporary Protected Status, work authorization, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Working closely with attorneys and paralegals in the preparation of cases for submission to the Immigration Court for clients in removal proceedings
  • Coordinating all aspects of a client’s case, including client communication, relevant research, translation, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing memos and briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies
  • Attending clients’ interviews with USCIS officers for immigration benefits, as an interpreter


Immigration Intern Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be highly proficient or bilingual in Spanish and English (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing)
  • Applicants who speak other languages (such as French, Amharic, or Thai), in addition to Spanish,                         are encouraged to apply
  • Previous experience working in immigration law is helpful but not required
  • Previous experience working with immigrant communities or with victims of domestic violence is highly desired
  • Applicants must work well independently and together with a team of attorneys, paralegals and social service professionals
  • Applicants must be detail-oriented, well-organized, responsible and personable


How to Apply: Please submit applications via email only to Denise Hunter at denise@ayuda.com. Applications must include a resume and a detailed cover letter describing your specific interest in Ayuda and how you would contribute to the work of the Immigration team. Applicants should confirm their availability and state their desired start and end dates in their cover letter.  Applicants who are selected for an interview will be required to provide a list of three references with up-to-date email and phone contact information.
No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and positions remain open until filled.



Project END Legal Internships – Washington, DC

Spring/Summer 2015

Ayuda’s Project END (Eradicating Notario Deceit/Eliminando Notarios Deshonestos) is a new, and innovative direct legal services project aimed at remedying the harm caused by notario or immigration consultant fraud through advice, counsel, and representation of victims of notario fraud in civil, criminal, and immigration proceedings. For more information, please visit: http://www.ayudainc.org/index.cfm/project-end.

Project END is currently accepting applications for part-time spring interns, and will interview and accept applicants on a rolling basis. The position will likely include a mix of legal and policy research, outreach, and direct services. Positions are open to all law students. Spring internships will last from January to late April. The start and end dates are flexible. Interns must commit to working a part-time schedule of 10-15 hours per week, between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. All internship positions are unpaid, but Ayuda can work with you if you intend to obtain school credit or funding for your internship hours.

Project END Intern Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting research on topics such as the U-visa (for victims of crime), state notario fraud statutes, and other remedies for victims of notario fraud.
  • Communicating with clients and potential clients in Spanish and English, and in other languages (as needed) through the use of interpreters.
  • Filing consumer complaints for victims of notario fraud.
  • Assisting with civil litigation against businesses or individuals engaged in notario fraud.
  • Working closely with an attorney on cases involving immigration remedies for victims of notario fraud (including Prosecutorial Discretion, U Nonimmigrant Status, etc.).


Project END Intern Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be highly proficient or bilingual in Spanish and English (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing).
  • Applicants who speak other languages (such as French, Amharic, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, a dialect of Chinese), in addition to Spanish, are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous experience working in immigration and/or consumer protection law is helpful but not required.
  • Previous experience working with immigrant communities is highly desired.
  • Applicants must work well independently and together with a team of attorneys and other public interest professionals.
  • A successful applicant should be highly motivated, flexible, self-directed, well-organized, responsible and personable.


How to Apply: Please submit applications only via email to Anne Schaufele at annes@ayuda.com. Applications must include a resume and a detailed cover letter describing your interest in Ayuda’s Project END and how you would like to contribute to the work of the project. Applicants should confirm their availability and state their desired start and end dates in their cover letter.
No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and positions remain open until filled.


Immigration Legal Internships - VA

Upcoming Opportunities:    FALL 2014
Ayuda’s Virginia office hosts bilingual (Spanish/English) interns   during the summer (full-time opportunities) and during the spring and fall semesters (full time/part-time opportunities). 
 
Ayuda’s Virginia office is currently accepting applications for Fall 2014 internships, and will interview and accept applicants on a rolling basis. Positions are open to all applicants (law students, graduate students and undergraduate students, or individuals holding an undergraduate degree). Fall internships will last from August through December, but start and end dates are flexible.  Ideal candidates will commit to working a minimum of 16 hours a week. All internship positions are unpaid but Ayuda can work with you if you intend to obtain school credit or funding for your internship hours.

Immigration Intern Responsibilities:

  • Communicating with clients from all over the world in Spanish and English, and in other languages through the use of interpreters
  • Carrying active caseloads of immigration cases, under the supervision of experienced attorneys and paralegals
  • Preparing filings to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, including (but is not limited to) petitions for survivors of domestic violence (VAWA petitions), crime (U-visas) and human trafficking (T-visas), petitions for abandoned/unaccompanied minor immigrant children, political asylum applications, family reunifications petitions, adjustments of status to permanent residence, naturalization, Temporary Protected Status, work authorization, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Working closely with attorneys and paralegals in the preparation of cases for submission to the Immigration Court for clients in removal proceedings
  • Coordinating all aspects of a client’s case, including client communication, relevant research, translation, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing memos and briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies
  • Attending clients’ interviews with USCIS officers for immigration benefits, as an interpreter

Immigration Intern Qualifications: 

  • Applicants must be bilingual in Spanish and English (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing)
  • Applicants who speak other languages (such as French, Amharic, or Thai), in addition to Spanish, are encouraged to apply
  • Previous experience working in immigration law is helpful but not required
  • Previous experience working with immigrant communities or with victims of domestic violence is highly desired
  • Applicants must work well independently and together with a team of attorneys, paralegals and social service professionals
  • Applicants must be detail-oriented, well-organized, responsible and personable 

Location:
2755 Hartland Road, Suite 100, Falls Church, Virginia 22043. Please note that our office is metro-accessible and is located half a mile from the Dunn-Loring Metro Station. 

 


Ayuda Immigration Legal Internships- Virginia Office


Upcoming Opportunities:    SPRING 2015
 


Ayuda’s Virginia office is currently accepting applications for Spring 2015 Internships, and will interview and accept applicants on a rolling basis. Positions are open to all applicants (law students, graduate students and undergraduate students, or individuals holding an undergraduate degree). Spring internships will last from January through May, but start and end dates are flexible. Interns must attend a mandatory Immigration Legal Training at Ayuda.  Ideal candidates will commit to working a minimum of 16 hours a week during Ayuda’s office hours. All internship positions are unpaid but Ayuda can work with you if you intend to obtain school credit or funding for your internship hours.

Immigration Intern Responsibilities:

  • Communicating with clients from all over the world in Spanish and English, and in other languages through the use of interpreters
  • Carrying active caseloads of immigration cases, under the supervision of experienced attorneys and BIA Accredited Representatives
  • Preparing filings to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, including (but is not limited to) petitions for survivors of domestic violence (VAWA petitions), crime (U-visas) and human trafficking (T-visas), petitions for abandoned/unaccompanied minor immigrant children, political asylum applications, family reunifications petitions, adjustments of status to permanent residence, naturalization, Temporary Protected Status, work authorization, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Working closely with attorneys and paralegals in the preparation of cases for submission to the Immigration Court for clients in removal proceedings
  • Coordinating all aspects of a client’s case, including client communication, relevant research, translation, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing memos and briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies
  • Attending clients’ interviews with USCIS officers for immigration benefits, as an interpreter
Immigration Intern Qualifications:
  • Applicants must be highly proficient or bilingual in Spanish and English (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing)
  • Applicants who speak other languages (such as French, Amharic, or Thai), in addition to Spanish, are encouraged to apply
  • Previous experience working in immigration law is helpful but not required
  • Previous experience working with immigrant communities or with victims of domestic violence is highly desired
  • Applicants must work well independently and together with a team of attorneys, paralegals and social service professionals
  • Applicants must be detail-oriented, well-organized, responsible and personable
Location: 2755 Hartland Road Ste 100, Falls Church, VA 22043. Our office is metro-accessible, a mile from the Dunn-Loring Metro.

 
How to Apply:
Please submit applications via email to Cristina dos Santos at csantos@ayuda.com. Applications must include a resume, three references with up-to-date email and phone contact information, and a detailed cover letter describing your specific interest in Ayuda and how you would contribute to the work of Ayuda’s Virginia office. In the body of your email or in your cover letter, please also specify your desired start and end dates.

No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and positions remain open until filled.




Post-Graduate Immigration Legal Fellowships- DC and Virginia Offices
 
Ayuda’s DC and Virginia offices frequently host bilingual (Spanish/English) post-graduate legal fellows to work with our immigration team.  Ayuda encourages applicants for post-graduate fellowship funding to submit applications to Ayuda to act as their host organization. Start and end dates are flexible. Candidates must commit to working a minimum of three months. Ideal candidates will commit to working six months to a year.
 
Ayuda’s Immigration Legal Program
Ayuda’s immigration legal team represents low-income immigrants from all over the world in immigration matters before the Baltimore and Arlington Immigration Courts, local Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, the Arlington Asylum Office, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Our work includes, but is not limited to, asylum applications, Violence Against Women Act petitions, U visa petitions (for victims of crime), T visa petitions (for victims of human trafficking), Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions (for abused, abandoned, and neglected children), family petitions, adjustments of status to permanent residence, naturalization (citizenship), Temporary Protected Status, work authorization, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
 
Fellowship Proposals
Former fellowship proposals have ranged from particular areas of practice to general projects that involve assisting our legal team with the full range of our immigration practice. Ayuda has multiple areas of expertise and need. These include, but are not limited to, representing vulnerable youth, representing LGBTQ clients, representing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and representing survivors of human trafficking.
 
Examples of Post-Graduate Funding Received by Current and Former Ayuda Fellows:
 
Equal Justice Works Fellowship
Skadden Fellowship
American University Washington College of Law JD Distinguished Fellowship
Yale Law School Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship
Michigan Law Bridge Fellowship
University of Miami School of Law Legal Corps Fellowship

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be bilingual in Spanish and English (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing)
  • Admission or pending admission to a state bar required
  • Admission or pending admission to DC or Maryland bar strongly preferred (for DC office fellowship)
  • Admission or pending admission to Virginia bar strongly preferred (for VA office fellowship)
  • Previous experience working in immigration law is preferred but not required
Previous experience working with immigrant communities or with victims of violence is highly desired

Locations:

DC OFFICE: 6925B Willow St. NW, Washington, DC 20012 (Closest metro: Takoma Park)
VA OFFICE: 2755 Hartland Road, Suite 100, Falls Church, Virginia 22043 (Closest metro: Dunn-Loring) 

How to Apply:

Please submit applications via email to Denise Hunter at denise@ayuda.com (for the DC office) or Cristina dos Santos at csantos@ayuda.com (for the Virginia office). Applications must include a resume, three references, and a detailed cover letter describing how you would contribute to Ayuda’s work. Please specify your desired start and end dates. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.



 


There are currently no internship opportunities available. Please check back soon or reach out to one of our contacts below.


Immigration Legal: for more information regarding legal internships at Ayuda, please contact Denise Hunter at denise[at]ayuda.com

Project END: for more information regarding legal internships at Ayuda, please contact Anne Schaufele at annes[at]ayuda.com

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Legal: for more information regarding legal internships at Ayuda, please contact Cat Walker at cat[at]ayuda.com

Social Services: for more information regarding social service related internships at Ayuda, please contact info[at]ayuda.com

Communications and Fundraising: for more information regarding administrative and fundraising internships, please contact Sarah Block at sarah[at]ayuda.com