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 Program. Legal Interns will assist our staff with representing detained children through meeting with clients, preparing filings, conducting detention site visits, and attending hearings.

Internships are unpaid, however CAIR Coalition can assist with internship credit administration.

This is a full time position. 


Representation of Detained Immigrants:

Legal interns will be assigned to work with the Detained Unaccompanied Children Program to provide direct representation to detainees seeking defenses against deportation. Interns will have the opportunity to meet with clients, conduct evidentiary assessments, prepare pleadings, and appear in immigration court. CAIR Coalition makes every attempt to ensure that interns are able to work on these types of matters.

Additionally, interns will 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.

Jail Visits:

Interns will accompany CAIR Coalition's staff on visits to immigration detention facilities in Virginia and Maryland. During these visits, interns will conduct individual intakes of newly arrived unaccompanied minors as well as complete follow up for existing or potential clients.


  • Currently enrolled in law school
  • Ability to commit 35 hours a week
  • Spanish fluency
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • A laptop for personal use
  • Experience working in immigration law and/or immigrant rights is an advantage.
  • Experience working with low-income clients with histories of trauma is an advantage.


To be considered for the position, please submit the following materials via email using the subject line "Summer 2020 DUCs Legal Internship Application" to If you are applying to more than one CAIR Coalition internship this semester, please indicate which ones in your email and on your cover letter.

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the position  and your preferred start and end dates
  • A resume; and
  • A writing sample.
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