Internships and Volunteers

Internships and Volunteers

Ayuda Internship Programs

Over the years, nearly 1,000 interns have participated in Ayuda’s highly respected internship and training program. 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 16 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 a communications, fundraising, or language access internship.


Ayuda Legal Internships

Ayuda hosts law student, undergraduate, and graduate interns year-round at both of our office locations for the legal programs listed below. All internship positions are unpaid, but Ayuda can work with you if you intend to obtain school credit or funding for your internship hours.


Qualifications

  • Spanish proficiency is required (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing).
  • Applicants who speak other languages (such as French, Amharic, Thai, Arabic), in addition to Spanish, are encouraged to apply.
  • Previous experience in immigration, domestic violence, family law, or consumer protection is helpful but not required.
  • Previous experience working with immigrant communities, victims of domestic violence, and/or LGBTI community is highly desired
  • You must work well independently as well as with a team of attorneys, paralegals, and social service professionals.
  • You must be detail-oriented, well-organized, responsible, personable, and comfortable working with diverse populations from a variety of backgrounds.

Internship Dates

Start and end dates may be flexible. Please apply even if your dates fall outside these ranges
:

  • Spring: January–April (ideally at least 16 hours per week)
  • Summer: May–August (ideally full-time for 10 weeks)
  • Fall: September–December (ideally at least 16 hours per week)
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

Submit all applications via email only to the addresses below. Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Please specify your desired start and end dates, availability during the week, and your preference for program and office location if interested in multiple programs.
 


  • Project END: Anne Schaufele at annes@ayuda.com
  • Domestic Violence/Family Law: Mary Stoney at marystoney@ayuda.com 

  • Immigration Legal: Josh Doherty (DC) at josh@ayuda.com or Madeline Taylor Diaz (VA) at madeline@ayuda.com.

In the subject line of your email, indicate DC or VA office placement preference. No phone calls please.
 Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and positions remain open until filled. Applications received by the above dates will be given priority.
 


Ayuda Language Access Internships

Ayuda’s Language Access Program hosts undergraduate interns year-round at our DC office. All internship positions are unpaid, but the Language Access Program can work with you if you intend to obtain school credit for your internship hours.

Language Access interns assist in conducting research on language access resources, communicating with the DC metropolitan area bilingual community on interpreter training opportunities, organizing social and networking events for interpreters, periodically updating Ayuda’s website and maintaining the Language Access Program’s online presence, program outreach, administrative tasks such as data entry and filing, and other tasks as assigned by program staff.


Qualifications

  • Applicants who speak other languages (such as Spanish, French, Amharic, Thai, Arabic) are highly encouraged to apply, but it is not required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Previous experience with data entry is preferred, but it is not required.
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Previous experience with Salesforce/CRM database, DocuSign, DemandTools, Sharepoint, and WordPress is a plus, but not required.
  • You must work well independently as well as with a team of language access professionals.
  • You must be detail-oriented, well-organized, responsible, personable, and comfortable working with diverse populations from a variety of backgrounds.
  • You must be committed to improving access to services for immigrant, limited-English proficient, and/or Deaf communities.

Internship Dates

Start and end dates may be flexible. Please apply even if your dates fall outside these ranges
:

  • Spring: January–April (ideally at least 16 hours per week)
  • Summer: May–August (ideally full-time for 10 weeks)
  • Fall: September–December (ideally at least 16 hours per week)
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

All applicants must submit their cover letter, resume, list of references, and writing sample via email only to the address below with the subject line, “Language Access Internship. Please specify your desired start and end dates and availability during the week.

  • Language Access: Marilyn Lovo at marilyn@ayuda.com

No phone calls please.
 Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and positions remain open until filled. Applications received by the above dates will be given priority.
 

Our DC office hosts legal interns for spring, summer, and fall internships. We also accept opportunities for sponsorship of fellowship applications.

Volunteer and pro bono opportunities are also available.

Internship

If you are interested in applying or would like more information about Ayuda’s DC immigration internship program, please contact Josh Doherty at josh@ayuda.com.

Pro Bono

For information about fellowships and volunteering with Ayuda’s DC immigration program or pro bono opportunities, please contact Lindsy Miles-Hare at lindsy@ayuda.com, beginning February 21, 2017.

Ayuda’s Project END would also like to hear from you. For more information about internships, fellowships, volunteer, and pro bono opportunities, please contact Anne Schaufele at annes@ayuda.com.

Ayuda’s Virginia office hosts legal and administrative interns for spring, summer, and fall internships. Long-term volunteer opportunities are also available.

Internship

For more information about the internship program, or to apply for the internship program, please contact Madeline Taylor Diaz at madeline@ayuda.com. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Pro Bono

For information about fellowships and volunteering with Ayuda’s DC immigration program or pro bono opportunities, please contact Lindsy Miles-Hare at lindsy@ayuda.com, beginning February 21, 2017.