The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition is seeking law students with a passion for public interest law and immigrants' rights to become part of our internship program for the Detained Unaccompanied Children (DUCs) Program. Legal Interns working with the Detained Unaccompanied Children Program will assist our staff with representing detained children through meeting with clients, preparing filings, conducting detention site visits, and attending hearings.

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2021. Our Summer 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.


Representation of Detained Immigrants:

Legal interns will assist DUCs attorneys in providing direct representation to minor detainees seeking defenses against deportation. Interns will have the opportunity attend trainings, conduct legal research and evidentiary assessments, and prepare motions, pleadings, complaints, and applications for legal relief. 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.

Additionally, interns may assist with identifying potential cases for placement. Interns will be responsible for tasks including contacting family members of potential clients, analyzing criminal, medical, and immigration records, seeking and providing appropriate referrals, conducting legal research to identify relief, and writing placement memos for pro bono placement.

Remote Work:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Summer 2021 internships will be remote. It is our goal to make all internships with the Detained Unaccompanied Children’s (DUCs) Program 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. Notwithstanding this limitation, interns will still be assigned rewarding and significant substantive legal work.


  • Currently enrolled in law school;
  • Ability to commit 35+ hours a week;
  • Spanish proficiency;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team;
  • Ability to pass a background check;
  • Familiarity with immigration or family law is preferred, but not required;
  • 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 is a plus.

Required Resources:

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

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

How to Apply:

To be considered for the internship, please submit the following materials via email to using the subject line “DUCS 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 19, 2021

Legal Internship, Detained Children's Program (Summer 2021)
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