Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is seeking an intern with a passion for public interest law and immigrants’ rights to provide programmatic and administrative support to our Pro Bono Coordinating (PBC) team.  We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2020 positions.

The mission of CAIR Coalition is to serve as the primary source of legal assistance for detained immigrants in the D.C. metropolitan area. We are dedicated to providing free legal services to immigrants facing deportation in ICE and ORR detention facilities in this area. This internship offers exposure to immigration law, a deeper understanding of the nuts and bolts of nonprofit legal practice, and an opportunity to build relationships in both the immigration nonprofit and law firm spaces.



Our Pro Bono Coordinating internship requires a commitment of at least 12 weeks, starting on May 26, 2020. Part-time and full-time positions are available. All positions are unpaid, but CAIR Coalition is happy to assist with internship/externship credit administration. This internship will be located in our D.C. office at 1612 K St NW.


  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with our pro bono partners
  • Gathering, redacting, and sharing with pro bono teams best-in-class resources that will assist them in their immigration cases
  • Developing and/or updating internal resources such as pro bono case placement materials, mentoring guides, sample briefs and motions
  • Drafting summaries of available immigration cases for pro bono placement
  • Assembling initial case placement materials for pro bono teams
  • Coordinating meetings or events relating to CAIR Coalition’s mentoring of cases placed with pro bono teams or trainings on immigration law
  • Attending training opportunities
  • Preparing and submitting documents in immigration cases for detained adults or detained or released unaccompanied minors
  • Completing administrative or data-entry tasks related to the foregoing


  • Superior oral and written English communication skills
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with immigration law, particularly the area of removal defense, is strongly preferred.
  • Interns must be able to provide their own laptops for use during the internships.
  • Attention to detail and self-starter attitude
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to perform administrative work, such as organizing legal resources in internal databases and posting them online, that advances the mission of the organization


Please submit the following materials via email to, with subject line Pro Bono Coordinating Summer 2020 Internship:

  • cover letter describing your interest in this internship. If you are applying to more than one CAIR Coalition internship this semester, please indicate which ones in your email and in your cover letter.
  • resume; and
  • writing sample (up to five pages) that showcases your ability to write clearly and analytically.

Current law students and recent law graduates are likely best suited for this internship because it will involve substantial legal analysis, but nontraditional or other applicants are also welcome to apply.

Pro Bono Coordinating Internship (Summer 2020)
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