Who We Are:

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). Legal Interns working with the Detained Adult Program will assist our staff with representing detained adult immigrants through client interviews, relief eligibility screenings, preparing legal filings, and attending hearings.

We are currently accepting applications for Spring 2021. Our Spring Legal Internship Program requires a commitment of 12 weeks, starting on January 19, 2021.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interns will work remotely.


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 in immigration court (Baltimore and/or Arlington EOIR). 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.


  • Assist with case follow up, including contact family members and country conditions experts
  • Conduct legal research and evidentiary assessments
  • Analyze emerging immigration law trends
  • Prepare pleadings, legal briefs, and applications for legal relief
  • Updating case summaries
  • Tracking important court dates and deadlines
  • Obtaining criminal and medical records
  • Writing case referral memos for possible pro bono placement


  • Currently enrolled in law school;
  • Ability to commit 12-15 hours a week;
  • 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;
  • Spanish fluency required;
  • 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.


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

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


To be considered for this internship, please apply via our Candidate Portal: https://recruiting.myapps.paychex.com/appone/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=3208417

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

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the position, your preferred start and end dates, and your availability;
  • A resume;
  • At least 2 references; and
  • 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. 

Legal Internship, Detained Adult Program (Spring 2021)
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