About CAIR

CAIR Coalition is an independent nonprofit organization that established in 1999. As an organization, we strive to ensure equal justice for all immigrant men, women, and children at risk of detention and deportation in the DC metropolitan area and beyond through legal representation, know your rights presentations, impact and advocacy work, and the training of attorneys defending immigrants in the immigration and criminal justice arenas. In the last decade, CAIR Coalition has more than doubled in size and has added new programs to complement our original work in serving detained adult immigrants.

The Detained Children’s Program provides legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children who are held in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in Maryland and Virginia. The facilities include ORR long-term foster care programs, large shelter programs, and secure detention facilities. Each year, CAIR Coalition serves hundreds of detained immigrant children, ranging in age from 1 to 17.

The services CAIR Coalition provides to unaccompanied minors include “Know Your Rights” presentations, individual consultations, and accompanying children to their first immigration court hearing. We also provide direct representation in removal proceedings to children seeking repatriation, children reunifying from ORR programs in Virginia and Maryland with family members in DC, Maryland and Virginia, and to children facing prolonged detention. We serve children through a combination of in-house representation and pro bono placement with local law firms.


Internship Description

The social services team is seeking an outgoing and empathetic intern to work with released unaccompanied minors in the D.C. metropolitan area. Based out of CAIR’s DC office, the intern will work directly with the social services coordinator to help clients meet varying needs. The intern will be supervised by the social services coordinator; but will also learn about CAIR’s legal services. The intern will complete the following tasks with some flexibility depending on the requirements of program and/or interests.

  • Assist with referrals for basic needs like food, medical/mental health services, clothing, housing, school enrollment etc.
  • Accompany clients to meetings/appointments when needed
  • Conduct needs assessments over the phone and in-person
  • Follow up with clients as needed
  • Contribute to the resource database
  • Complete data entry to our database
  • Assist with administrative duties such as maintaining case notes, reporting, etc.


  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social sciences or a degree in related field. Students pursuing a Master’s degree will be consider on a case-by-case basis depending on supervision needs/requirements.
  • Must be proficient in Spanish
  • Committed to immigrant rights, social justice, or human rights issues, and be an ardent support of CAIR’s mission.
  • Preferred experience working with immigrant populations, trauma survivors, or individuals with mental health issues is a plus.
  • An independent, hard-working team player with who is flexible, patient, and respectful.
  • CAIR is seeking a full time candidate for Summer 2020. The start date is May 26, 2020. Part time applicants will be considered as long as applicant can commit to a minimum of 17 hours per week. This internship is unpaid.

How to Apply

1. Resumé

 2. Cover Letter

 3. Two references – professional, personal, or academic.

Please submit all application materials to hrintern@caircoalition.org. If you are applying to more than one CAIR Coalition internship, please indicate which ones in your email and cover letter. 

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