Who We Are:

The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is seeking a law student with a passion for public interest law, litigation, and immigrants’ rights for a Spring Legal Internship with its 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 class-action lawsuits 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 Spring 2021. Our Spring  Internship Program requires a commitment of at least 12 weeks, starting on January 19, 2021.

Internships are unpaid; however, CAIR Coalition can assist students seeking internship credit.

Remote Work:  

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Spring 2021 internships will be remote. It is our goal to make all internships with the Immigration Impact Lab as valuable an experience as possible for you.  Please note, it is CAIR Coalition’s policy that background checks be completed prior to an intern being able to interact one-on-one with minor clients. Understanding the limited access to fingerprinting given the current pandemic, combined with limitations on our ability to supervise and train interns virtually, CAIR Coalition’s remote internships will have less direct client contact than an on-site internship. While there will be no requirement that interns conduct any in-person work during their internships, interns may have the opportunity to appear in court telephonically, or in-person if they are comfortable doing so.

General Responsibilities:

Case Support

The Legal Intern will assist with all aspects of our ongoing class actions and appeals related to asylum, the intersection of criminal and immigration law (“crimmigration”), and immigration detention, including conducting legal research and writing memoranda.

Child Habeas Petitions

The Legal Intern will assist with drafting habeas petitions on behalf of detained immigrant children and with preparing cases for placement with pro bono partners. This will include interviews with children in detention facilities in Virginia and Maryland, record review to check for habeas viability, and technical support for case placement with pro bono partners.

Resources, Trainings, and Practice Advisories

The Legal Intern will help Lab develop its Fourth Circuit case law webpage, continue to implement trainings, and develop practice advisories to support and educate attorneys who work with detained immigrants. This includes working on crimmigration case analyses to assist criminal defense attorneys in Virginia and Maryland.


  • Ability to commit 12-15 hours a week
  • 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 and/or immigrants’ rights is a plus
  • Competency in working with low-income adults and children with histories of trauma and/or previous interactions with the criminal justice system is a plus
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred but not required

Required Resources:

  • A laptop or computer;
  • Reliable internet; and
  • A phone 

How to Apply:

To be considered for this internship, please apply via our Candidate Portal: https://recruiting.myapps.paychex.com/appone/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=3208427

You will be asked to upload the following materials in .pdf format:

  1. A cover letter indicating your interest in the position, your preferred start and end dates, and your availability;
  2. A resume
  3. At least 2 references; and
  4. A writing sample.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Interested in More Than One Internship?

If you wish to apply for more than one internship with CAIR Coalition this semester, please submit an application for your first choice internship. Then during the application process, you will be asked to indicate any other CAIR Coalition internships you are interested in and briefly describe your level of interest and suitability. Your interest in another internship will not affect your chances of being selected for your first choice internship. 

Immigration Impact Lab Internship (Spring 2021)
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