Who We Are:

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. We do this through a mix of in-house representation and external placement and mentorship of cases with pro bono attorneys from law firms and corporate legal departments.

Internship Description:

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/corporate spaces. This internship also presents a unique opportunity for cross-program collaboration with all of CAIR Coalition’s legal programs: the Detained Unaccompanied Children’s Program, the Detained Adults Program, and the Immigration Impact Lab. We also work closely with our Communications and Development teams. A PBC team intern thus gets a holistic view of our organization. We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2021. Our Summer Internship Program requires a commitment of at least 12 weeks, starting May 25, 2021. 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 likely are 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:

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with our pro bono partners
  • Gather, redact, and share with pro bono teams best-in-class resources that will assist them in their immigration cases
  • Develop and/or update internal resources such as pro bono case placement materials, mentoring guides, sample briefs and motions
  • Draft summaries of available immigration cases for pro bono placement
  • Draft social media items to celebrate our pro bono teams and promote awareness of our work and pro bono representation opportunities
  • Provide support for meetings or events relating to CAIR Coalition’s mentoring of cases placed with pro bono teams or trainings on immigration law
  • Attend training opportunities
  • Prepare documents in immigration proceedings for detained adults or detained or released unaccompanied minors
  • Conduct legal and non-legal research to support the foregoing
  • Complete 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, preferred
  • Strong legal research and legal writing skills 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

How to Apply:

To be considered for the internship, please submit the following materials via email to hrintern@caircoalition.org using the subject line “DUCS Summer 2021 Undergraduate Internship.” Materials should be submitted in pdf format.

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

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates may also be asked to provide an unofficial transcript and contact information for three references.

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

DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 5, 2021

Pro Bono Coordinating Team Internship (Summer 2021)
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