Immigration Legal Program (DC Takoma, VA, and MD 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), a project aimed at remedying the harm caused by notario or immigration consultant fraud through advice, counsel, and representation of victims. 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.
Please note that for undergraduate interns, their duties will be mainly administrative in nature but will also include opportunities to work on legal projects.
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 one of the subject line options 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.
- Immigration Legal Internship DC Office
- Immigration Legal Internship VA Office
- Immigration Legal Internship MD 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.
Ayuda is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. It is Ayuda’s policy to be fair and impartial in all relations with employees and applicants for employment and to make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation, or any other categories protected by federal, state, or local law. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities.
Ayuda’s dedication to social justice means that all positions will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational, and vocational backgrounds.
No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and positions remain open until filled.
Positions may fill quickly, especially for the Summer session.
Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, and positions remain open until filled.
- Language Qualifications:
- Summer Internships: Spanish proficiency required
- Fall or Spring Internships: Spanish proficiency strongly preferred
- Proficiency means: speaking, oral comprehension, reading, and writing
- Internship interviews will include a Spanish portion to evaluate proficiency
- Previous experience in immigration, domestic violence, family law, or criminal law is helpful but not required.
- Previous experience working with immigrant communities, victims of crime, 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 26, 2020 (mandatory) – August 2020
- Fall: September – December (at least 16 hours per week)
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
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