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. Legal Interns working with the Detained Adult Program will assist our staff with representing detained adult immigrants, including going on jail visits, assisting with direct representation of clients, attending hearings, and providing pro se assistance.

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2020. Our Summer Legal Internship Program is full-time, and requires a commitment of 10 weeks, starting on May 26, 2020.

Internships are unpaid. However, CAIR Coalition can assist students in seeking internship credit.

Positions are available in our Washington, D.C., and Baltimore offices.


Representation of Detained Immigrants:

Depending on the availability of cases and scheduling, legal interns may be assigned to work with CAIR Coalition’s legal team to provide direct representation to detainees and/or assistance to pro bono attorneys who agree to represent detainees. While working on cases, interns will have the chance to meet with clients, conduct evidentiary assessments, prepare pleadings and legal briefs, and appear in immigration court.  CAIR Coalition makes every attempt to ensure that interns are able to work on these types of matters.

Jail Visits and Pro Se Assistance:

Interns will accompany CAIR Coalition’s staff on visits to adult detention facilities in Virginia and/or Maryland.  During these visits, interns will conduct individual intakes with detained immigrants.  Following intakes, interns will assist with case follow up, including contacting family members, obtaining criminal and medical records, seeking and providing appropriate referrals, and conducting legal research to assist staff in determining eligibility for relief and possible pro bono placement.  Interns will also provide pro se assistance, including providing instruction and information on guidelines, court procedure, and case law to assist a detainee represent himself/herself in immigration court or at the appeal level.


  • Ability to commit 35 hours a week
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred
  • A laptop for personal use
  • Experience working in the area of immigration law and/or immigrants’ rights is a plus.
  • Ability to relate to and work with low-income clients with histories of trauma and/or previous interactions with the criminal justice system is a plus.



To be considered for the internship, please submit the following materials via email to using the subject line “DAP Summer 2020 Legal Internship”. If you are applying to more than one CAIR Coalition program, please apply to each internship independently.

Please submit the following materials in pdf format:

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the position, your preferred start and end dates, location preference (Washington D.C or Baltimore) and your availability;
  • A resume;
  • At least 2 references; and
  • A legal writing sample.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Legal Internship -Detained Adult Program (DAP), Summer 2020
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