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 Fall 2020. Our Fall Legal Internship Program requires a commitment of 12 weeks, starting on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interns will work remotely.

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


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. Interns will have the opportunity to attend trainings, conduct legal research and evidentiary assessments, analyze emerging immigration law trends, prepare pleadings, legal briefs, and applications for legal relief, and appear 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.

Interns will assist with case follow up, including contacting family members and country conditions experts, updating case summaries, tracking important court dates and deadlines, obtaining criminal and medical records, and 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 strongly preferred;
  • 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.

Required Resources:

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:

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.

If you are applying to more than one internship, please apply to each internship independently.  


Legal Internship (Fall 2020), Detained Adult Program
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