Internships

Summer 2024 Internship Opportunities

Legal Internship, Detained Adult Program - Direct Representation (Summer 2024)

Detained Adult Program  

Direct Representation Legal Internship 

SUMMER 2024 

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is seeking law students with a passion for public interest law and immigrants’ rights to be part of our internship program for the Detained Adult Program (DAP). The Detained Adult Program works with hundreds of adults who are detained by ICE in Maryland and Virginia, providing information, support, and legal representation. We provide trauma-sensitive, client-centered services, and deeply value our clients’ autonomy as they navigate the fundamentally inhumane immigration system.  

 

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2024. Our Summer Legal Internship Program requires a commitment of at least 10 weeks, starting on or about May 28, 2024. 

 

Internships are unpaid. However, CAIR Coalition will support students in seeking internship credit or funding from their law schools or outside programs. 

 

Remote Work:   

To keep our internships accessible to all students regardless of geographic location, all Summer 2024 internships will be remote. We encourage applicants from local law schools, as well as those from outside the D.C. area, to apply. While there will be no requirement that interns conduct any in-person work during their internships, interns may have the opportunity to appear in or observe court in-person if they are comfortable doing so. There will also be opportunities for occasional in-office work, in-person meetings, and events with staff and fellow interns. 

 

DESCRIPTION OF INTERNSHIP: 

 

Direct Rep Legal Interns working with the Detained Adult Program will have the opportunity to assist our staff in representing detained clients in their immigration proceedings. Examples of internship responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

  • Conducting legal research and writing in support of detained clients applying for relief before the immigration court; 

  • Conducting individualized country conditions research and collection of primary evidence in support of detained clients applying for relief before the Immigration Court; 

  • Assisting in the preparation and filing of applications for immigration relief; 

  • Assisting with interpretation and translation, if possible; 

  • Communicating with clients and their family members via telephone; 

  • Attending court hearings and/or visiting clients in detention 

CAIR Coalition is committed to ensuring that interns are able to work on a wide array of tasks and legal matters within the scope of CAIR Coalition’s work. 

 

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITES: 

  • Legal research and writing 

  • Client service and communication 

  • Evidence collection and assessment  

 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Currently enrolled in law school; 

  • Ability to commit at least 15 hours a week, but preferably 30-35 hours; 

  • Strong interest in human rights, social justice, and immigration rights issues; 

  • Excellent research and writing skills; 

  • Ability to work independently and within a team; 

  • Intellectually honest and curious; 

  • Willingness to work with individuals from low-income communities who might have criminal histories and/or mental health illnesses 

  • Fluency in Spanish or a second language is preferred. 

 

REQUIRED RESOURCES: 

 

Given the remote nature of this internship, all interns must also have access to: 

  • A laptop or computer (*); 

  • Reliable internet; 

  • A phone. 

 

*CAIR Coalition may be able to provide access to a temporary laptop as needed. 

 

Please apply to ONLY ONE department within CAIR Coalition. For example, if you apply for this internship with the Immigration Impact Lab, please do not apply for an internship with the Detained Adult Program. Please choose the department that best matches your interest, skills, and experience.   

 

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

To be considered for the internship, please fill out the application link below attach the following materials in .pdf format: 

 

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the position. Please describe what experiences, personal or professional, have motivated you to apply. 

  • A resume;  

  • At least 2 references; and 

  • A writing sample. In addition to legal memoranda and briefs, research papers and articles are accepted. Only one writing sample is required and preferred.  

 

APPLICATION LINK: https://forms.gle/aUEWKkNhtaGqZUWs6  

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, March 1, 2024. 

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews may be scheduled and offers given before the deadline, so please apply as soon as you are able. 

Legal Internship, Immigration Impact Lab (Summer 2024)

Immigration Impact Lab Legal Internship 

Summer 2024  

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is seeking a law student with a passion for immigrants’ rights, litigation, and public interest law for a Summer Legal Internship with our Immigration Impact Lab. The Immigration Impact Lab is CAIR Coalition’s appellate and federal litigation project. Through the Lab, CAIR Coalition responds proactively to attacks on immigrants’ rights by bringing appeals and federal district court actions with the potential to improve laws applicable to the wider immigrant community. The Legal Intern will assist our staff with representing detained adult and child immigrants in appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Legal Intern will also assist our staff with class action cases and habeas petitions in federal district court. 

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2024. Our Summer Internship Program requires a commitment of at least 10 weeks, starting on or about May 28, 2024. 

Applicants from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. If relevant, please discuss in your application how your background motivates your interest in this position or otherwise affects your career goals. 

Internships are unpaid. However, CAIR Coalition will support students in seeking internship credit or funding from their law schools or outside programs, and we are happy to assist interns interested in careers in public interest law by providing guidance and sharing our experiences. 

Remote Work:  

To keep our internships accessible to all students regardless of geographic location, all Summer 2024 internships will be remote. We encourage applicants from local law schools, as well as those from outside the D.C. area, to apply. While there will be no requirement that interns conduct any in-person work during their internships, interns may have the opportunity to appear in or observe court in-person if they are comfortable doing so. There will also be opportunities for occasional in-office work, in-person meetings, and events with staff and fellow interns.  

General Responsibilities: 

Appeals 

The Legal Intern may assist with all aspects of our ongoing appeals at the BIA and federal circuit courts related to asylum, the intersection of criminal and immigration law (“crimmigration”), and immigration detention, including conducting legal research and writing memoranda. 

Habeas Petitions 

The Legal Intern may assist with drafting habeas petitions to secure the release of detained immigrant adults, as well as preparing habeas cases for placement with pro bono partners. This assistance may include legal research, phone interviews with detained clients, evidence collection, and collaboration with community advocacy groups.  

Resources, Trainings, and Practice Advisories  

The Legal Intern may help Lab develop its Fourth Circuit case law webpage, conduct trainings, and draft practice advisories to support and educate attorneys who work with detained immigrants. This may include working on crimmigration case analyses to assist criminal defense attorneys in Virginia and Maryland or developing our index of nationwide habeas law.  

Qualifications: 

  • Ability to commit a minimum of 15 hours a week, but preferably up to 35 hours 

  • Strong legal research, communication, and writing skills 

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills and willingness to work quickly and effectively with a team 

  • Experience working in the area of immigration law, immigrants’ rights, or related fields 

  • Competency in working with low-income adults and children with histories of trauma and/or previous interactions with the criminal justice system 

  • Background in community organizing/political lobbying is a plus but not required 

  • Spanish fluency preferred but not required. Fluency in other languages, such as French, Portuguese, or Arabic, is welcomed.  

Required Resources: 

  • A laptop or computer (*); 

  • Reliable internet; and 

  • A phone 

 

*CAIR Coalition may be able to provide access to a temporary laptop as needed.  

 

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

To be considered for the internship, please fill out the application link below and attach the following materials in .pdf format:  

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the position. Please describe what experiences, personal or professional, have motivated you to apply. 

  • A resume;  

  • At least 2 references; and 

  • A writing sample. In addition to legal memoranda and briefs, research papers and articles are accepted. Only one writing sample is required and preferred.  

 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews may be scheduled and offers given before the deadline, so please apply as soon as you are able. 

 

APPLICATION LINK: https://forms.gle/aUEWKkNhtaGqZUWs6   

 

 

Please apply to ONLY ONE department within CAIR Coalition. For example, if you apply for this internship with the Immigration Impact Lab, please do not also apply for an internship with the Detained Adult Program. Please choose the department that best matches your preference, skills, and experience.  

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, March 1, 2024. 

 

For any questions specific to the Lab internship position, please reach out to Austin Rose, austin.rose@caircoalition.org 

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