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. Legal Interns would work with the Detained Adult Program Legal Orientation Program to assist our staff by participating in virtual jail visits, assisting with direct representation of clients, attending (virtually) hearings, and providing pro se assistance.

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

The internship is full-time and due to the ongoing pandemic, interns will work remotely.


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 and/or assistance to pro bono attorneys who agree to represent detainees. In working on cases, interns will have the chance to speak with clients, conduct evidentiary assessments, prepare legal briefs, and appear (telephonically) in immigration court. CAIR Coalition makes every attempt to ensure that interns are able to work on these types of matters.

Jail Visits and Pro Se Assistance:

Interns will also participate in CAIR Coalition’s virtual visits to adult detention facilities in Virginia and/or Maryland.  During these virtual visits, interns will conduct individual intakes with detained immigrants.  Following intakes, interns will assist with case follow up, including contacting family members, obtaining criminal and medical records, seeking and providing appropriate referrals, and conducting legal research to assist staff in determining eligibility for relief and possible pro bono placement.  Interns will also provide pro se assistance, including providing instruction and information on guidelines, court procedure, and case law to assist a detainee represent himself/herself in immigration court or at the appeal level.


  • Ability to commit 35 hours a week
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred
  • A laptop for personal use
  • Ability to work independently and within a team;
  • Experience working in the area of immigration law and/or immigrants’ rights is not required but a plus.
  • 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.


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 the internship, please submit the following materials via email to using the subject line “DAP-LOP Summer 2021 Legal Internship”.

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 8, 2021

Legal Orientation Program Internship (Summer 2021)
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