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 attacks on immigrants’ rights by bringing appeals and class-action lawsuits with the potential to improve laws applicable to the wider immigrant community. 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 in federal district court.
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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Summer 2021 internships will be remote. It is our goal to make all internships with the Immigration Impact Lab 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. While there will be no requirement that interns conduct any in-person work during their internships, interns may have the opportunity to appear in court telephonically, or in-person if they are comfortable doing so. Because of the remote nature of the Summer 2021 internships, we encourage applicants from law schools outside the D.C. area to apply as well.
The Legal Intern will assist with all aspects of our ongoing class actions and appeals related to asylum, the intersection of criminal and immigration law (“crimmigration”), and immigration detention, 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 may 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.
Adult Habeas Petitions
The Legal Intern will assist with drafting habeas petitions on behalf of detained immigrant adults and with preparing cases for placement with pro bono partners. This may include phone interviews with adult clients in detention facilities in Virginia and Maryland, collecting evidence, and technical support for case placement with pro bono partners.
Resources, Trainings, and Practice Advisories
The Legal Intern will help Lab develop its Fourth Circuit case law webpage, continue to implement trainings, and develop practice advisories to support and educate attorneys who work with detained immigrants. This may include working on crimmigration case analyses to assist criminal defense attorneys in Virginia and Maryland.
- Ability to commit 35 hours a week
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Lab Summer 2021 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. If you are applying to more than one internship, please apply to each internship independently.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 8, 2021