The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is seeking a law student with a passion for public interest law, litigation, and immigrants’ rights for a Summer Legal Internship with its Immigration Impact Lab. The Immigration Impact Lab is CAIR Coalition’s appellate and federal litigation project. Through the Lab, CAIR Coalition responds proactively to the constant attacks on immigrants’ rights by bringing appeals and class-action lawsuits with the potential to improve laws applicable to large numbers of immigrants. The Legal Intern will assist our staff with representing detained adult and child immigrants in appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Legal Intern will also assist our staff with class action cases and habeas petitions. 

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2020. Our Summer Internship Program requires a commitment of at least 10 weeks, with a preferred start date of May 26, 2020. 

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

The full-time internship is available in our Washington D.C. office.  


Case Support 

The Legal Intern will assist with all aspects of our ongoing class actions and appeals, including conducting legal research and writing memoranda. 

Child Habeas Petitions 

The Legal Intern will assist with drafting habeas petitions on behalf of detained immigrant children and with preparing cases for placement with pro bono partners. This will include interviews with children in detention facilities in Virginia and Maryland, record review to check for habeas viability, and technical support for case placement with pro bono partners. 

Trainings and Practice Advisories  

The Legal Intern will help Lab continue to implement trainings and develop practice advisories to support and educate attorneys who work with detained immigrants. This includes working on crimmigration case analyses to assist criminal defense attorneys in Virginia and Maryland. 


  • Ability to commit 35 hours a week 

  • A laptop for personal use 

  • Strong legal research, communication, and writing skills 

  • Strong organizational and time-management skills and willingness to work quickly and effectively with a team 

  • Experience working in the area of immigration law and/or immigrants’ rights is a plus 

  • Competency in working with low-income adults and children with histories of trauma and/or previous interactions with the criminal justice system is a plus 

  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred but not required 

  • Driver’s license and ability to travel occasionally for work. 


To be considered for the internship, please submit the following materials via email to with the subject line “Lab Summer 2020 Legal Internship.”  

The following materials should be submitted in .pdf format:  

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

  • A resume;  

  • At least 2 references; and 

  • A writing sample. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 6, 2020 

Legal Internship - Immigration Impact Lab, Summer 2020
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