Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition seeks interns who are passionate about public interest law and immigrants’ rights to join our Pro Bono Coordinating (PBC) team.

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. This internship also presents a unique opportunity for cross-program collaboration with all of CAIR Coalition’s programs: the Detained Unaccompanied Children’s Program, the Detained Adults Program, and the Immigration Impact Lab.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2020. Our Fall Internship Program requires a commitment of at least 12 weeks, starting on September 8, 2020. Part-time and full-time positions are available.

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interns will work remotely. 

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

General Responsibilities:

  • 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 preferred.
  • 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

Required Resources:

Given the remote nature of this internship, all interns must also have access to:

  • A laptop or computer;
  • Reliable internet; and
  • 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:

  • cover letter describing your interest in this internship, your preferred start and end dates, and whether you seek a full-time (35 hours/week) or part-time (15 hours/week minimum) internship;
  • resume; and
  • writing sample (up to five pages) that showcases your ability to write clearly and analytically.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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

Pro Bono Coordinating Team Internship (Fall 2020)
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