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 school year calendar: 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.
Immigration Legal Program (DC & VA Offices)
Interns will be working directly with clients of various backgrounds, carrying active caseloads of preparing filings for US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Immigration Court under the supervision of experienced attorneys and BIA Accredited Representatives. Cases may also involve assisting attorneys in preparing custody, guardianship, or adoption filings in state courts for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications. Interns may also work with Ayuda’s Project END (Eradicating Notario Deceit/Eliminando Notarios Deshonestos), an 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. The work includes client communication, relevant research, translation, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing memos and briefs, drafting court motions and orders, advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies, attending USCIS interviews with clients as an interpreter, filing consumer complaints for victims of notario fraud, and assisting with civil litigation against businesses or individuals engaged in notario fraud.
Domestic Violence/Family Law Program (DC Office)
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. The DV/FL program represents clients in civil protection order, divorce, custody, and child support cases as well as advocates for clients who are witnesses in criminal cases in DC. 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. Applicants must be law students or graduates for this program.
- Spanish proficiency preferred (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing). Applicants who speak other languages (such as Amharic, French, Thai, Arabic) will also be considered.
- 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
- Must work well independently and together with a team of attorneys, paralegals and social service professionals
- Must be detail-oriented, well-organized, responsible, personable, and comfortable working with diverse populations from a variety of backgrounds
Start and end dates may be flexible – please apply even if your dates fall outside these ranges
- Spring: January – April (at least 16 hours per week)
- Summer: May – August (full-time for 10 weeks)
- Fall: September – December (at least 16 hours per week)
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
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How to Apply
Your application will not be reviewed if you do not follow the instructions below.
Submit all applications via email to LegalInternships@ayuda.com. Please be sure to use the subject line below in order to indicate your first choice of program and to ensure that your application is reviewed by the appropriate office. If you are interested in multiple programs, please indicate your secondary preferences in your cover letter ONLY.
Domestic Violence/Family Law Internship
Immigration Legal Internship DC Office
Immigration Legal Internship VA Office
Applications must include a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, 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.
No phone calls please.
Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, and positions remain open until filled.
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.
- 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.
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 a cover letter, resume, list of references and writing sample via email to Marilyn Lovo (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line, “Language Access Internship. Please specify your desired start and end dates and availability during the week.
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’s DC and Virginia offices host bilingual post-graduate legal fellows to work with our legal services program. 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.
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
- Applicants must be bilingual (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing).
- Admission or pending admission to a state bar is required.
- Admission or pending admission to DC or Maryland bar is strongly preferred (for DC office fellowship).
- Admission or pending admission to Virginia bar is strongly preferred (for VA office fellowship).
- Previous relevant legal experience is preferred but not required.
- Previous experience working with immigrant communities or with victims of violence is highly desired.
How to Apply
Please submit applications via email to Josh Doherty at email@example.com (for the DC office) or Madeline Taylor Diaz (VA) at firstname.lastname@example.org (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.