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 Summer 2021. Our Summer Legal Internship Program requires a commitment of at least 10 weeks, starting on May 25, 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.

How to Apply:

To be considered for the internship, please submit the following materials via email to using the subject line “DAP Legal Internship Summer 2021.” Materials should be submitted 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. If you are applying to more than one internship, please apply to each internship independently.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 8, 2021

Legal Internship, Detained Adult Program (Summer 2021)
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