The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is seeking undergraduate students with a passion for immigrants’ rights and a desire to learn more about the immigration detention system to be a part of our internship program for the Detained Adult Program.

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2020. Our Summer Internship Program requires a commitment of at least 10 weeks, starting on May 26, 2020.

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

Full-time internships are available in our Washington D.C office.


General Responsibilities:

  • Enter intakes and messages from jail visit onto our client database
  • Assist on preparation and breakdown for weekly jail visit
  • Staff the detention hotline
  • Research political, economic, and social country conditions articles for pro se asylum applicants
  • Prepare other informational materials distributed at each jail visit
  • Prepare documents for filing in immigration court

Occasional Responsibilities:

  • Go on a jail visit to one or more of five facilities we visit
  • Provide training and support for volunteers staffing the detention hotline
  • Participate in weekly review of intakes from jails/detention centers
  • Attend training opportunities within the office
  • Shadow trial prep and other various case follow up on a jail visit, through video teleconference, phone, or written messages
  • Expand our country conditions database
  • Observe immigration court hearings


  • Must be 18 or older
  • Spanish not required, but is a plus
  • Ability to work well both individually and as part of team
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups of people
  • Detail oriented
  • Self-starter


To be considered for the internship, please submit the following materials via email to using the subject line “DAP Summer 2020 Undergraduate Internship”. Materials should be submitted in pdf format.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the position, your preferred start and end dates, and your availability;
  • A resume; and
  • At least 2 references

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, April 10, 2020


Undergraduate Internship- Detained Adult Program, Summer 2020
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