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Law Student Internship Opportunities in Los Angeles

HISTORY

As a national legal advocacy organization working for social justice, NILC’s mission is to promote and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Since 1979, NILC has established a national reputation for its expertise on immigration law and the public benefits, health care, and employment rights of low-income immigrants. We conduct policy and legal analysis, advocacy, and class action and impact litigation, and provide training, publications, and technical assistance to a broad range of groups throughout the U.S., including immigrants’ rights coalitions, legal aid programs, community and faith-based groups, worker advocates, community and labor organizers, government agencies, policymakers, and the media. NILC is headquartered in Los Angeles and has a federal policy office in Washington, DC.

WHAT WE DO

NILC envisions a society in which all people — regardless of race, gender, immigration or economic status — are treated fairly and humanely. To achieve this vision, NILC engages in policy analysis, litigation, education and advocacy. NILC’s policy advocacy has played a key role in promoting and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. Since 2001, NILC has led efforts to pass the DREAM Act and played a key role in the passage of the DREAM Act in the House of Representatives in 2010.

NILC has also played a leadership role nationally in challenging the increase in harsh immigration enforcement policies by providing rapid response support to local groups, providing strategic assistance and trainings/strategy sessions in support of local organizing, and conducting administrative advocacy with federal agencies. NILC has also been coleading the litigation strategy challenging state anti-immigrant laws in Arizona, Utah, Indiana, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.

INTERNSHIPS

NILC seeks law interns to work out of our Los Angeles office on projects benefiting low-income immigrants in one of NILC’s priority areas: immigration enforcement, workers’ rights, access to public benefits, access to health care, or access to legal status. NILC has a particular need for interns to assist with our litigation against state anti-immigrant laws and with our work on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA,” the Obama administration policy allowing DREAMers to remain in the country temporarily).

Internship duration is about 6 to 10 weeks, with a minimum of 10 hours per week. Full-time internships may be considered.

There is no monetary compensation. Academic credit may be available, depending on the school or institution in which the intern is enrolled.

NILC provides a rich environment for law student interns to learn about the immigrants’ rights movement and to work alongside attorneys and policy analysts involved in national policy analysis, impact litigation, community education, and advocacy.

TO APPLY

Applications will be accepted from law students interested in working from our Los Angeles office. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible in order to secure placement as a NILC intern.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to students who apply on or before:

  • August 15 – for Fall Semester
  • December 1 – for Winter Semester
  • February 14 – for Summer

To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, a list of three professional references, and transcript to jobs@nilc.org. Please use "L.A. Internship" as your subject line and specify the term for which you are applying.

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Law/Graduate Student Internship Opportunities in Washington, DC

HISTORY

As a national legal advocacy organization working for social justice, NILC’s mission is to promote and advance the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Since 1979, NILC has established a national reputation for its expertise on immigration law and the public benefits, health care, and employment rights of low-income immigrants. We conduct policy and legal analysis, advocacy, class action and impact litigation, and provide training, publications, and technical assistance to a broad range of groups throughout the U.S., including immigrant rights coalitions, legal aid programs, community and faith-based groups, worker advocates, community and labor organizers, government agencies, policymakers and the media. NILC is headquartered in Los Angeles and has a federal policy office in Washington, DC.

WHAT WE DO

NILC envisions a society in which all people — regardless of race, gender, immigration or economic status — are treated fairly and humanely. To achieve this vision, NILC uses multiple strategies to advance its mission, including policy analysis, litigation, advocacy, communications, and education. Advocates across the country rely on NILC’s unique ability to employ these integrated approaches in its work, and provide them with the tools and information they need to shape their own advocacy efforts.

INTERNSHIPS

NILC seeks law students and graduate students for law and policy internships in its Washington, DC, office. Interns provide research support to NILC policy analysts and attorneys in one of NILC’s priority areas: immigration reform, economic justice, workers’ rights, and health. Other duties include preparing drafts, summaries, and charts, and helping prepare NILC publications; and attending, analyzing, and helping to organize public congressional or advocacy events.

Internship duration is up to 10 weeks, with a minimum of 10 hours per week. However, preference will be given to those who can commit to a full-time internship. Please note your availability in your cover letter.

There is no monetary compensation. Academic credit may be available, depending on the school or institution in which the intern is enrolled.

NILC provides a rich environment for law or other graduate student interns to learn about the immigrants’ rights movement and to work alongside attorneys and policy analysts involved in national policy analysis and advocacy.

TO APPLY

Applications will be accepted from law students and graduate students interested in working in our Washington, DC, office. Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible in order to secure placement as a NILC intern.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to students who apply on or before:

  • August 15 – for Fall Semester
  • December 1 – for Winter Semester
  • February 15 – for Summer

To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, a professional reference list, and transcript in PDF format to dcjobs@nilc.org. Please use “DC Internship” as your subject line and specify the term for which you are applying.

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