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Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunities

 

Fellowship Sponsorship Announcement

JUNE 2013  |  Download Adobe PDF icon

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) invites third-year law students or judicial clerks to apply for NILC sponsorship of applications to the Equal Justice Works, Skadden, or other post-graduate fellowships.

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 its intersection with health care, public benefits, and employment rights of low-income immigrants. We conduct policy and legislative advocacy on the national, state, and local levels, as well as class action and impact litigation; and we provide training, publications, and technical assistance to a broad range of organizations 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 seeks fellowship applicants to work on a project 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 will work closely with the selected applicant to ensure that the project proposal is integral to NILC’s priorities and meets a core need in the immigrant community. The fellow will work out of either our Los Angeles or Washington, DC, office. For more information on NILC, see www.nilc.org.

To apply, please submit a detailed cover letter describing your commitment to and experience in issues affecting low-income immigrants and to social and economic justice, as well as your proposed project idea, if you have one. Your cover letter should also address your motivation for pursuing a career in immigrants’ rights.

Applications will be taken on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by July 29, 2013. Please send your cover letter, résumé, transcript, three references, and writing sample to jobs@nilc.org and use “FEL0713” as your subject line. Please, no phone calls, and do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Internship Opportunities

 

Law Student Internship Opportunities in Los Angeles

2013–2014

JULY 2013  |  Download  Adobe PDF icon

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 2013
  • December 1 – for Winter Semester 2013
  • February 14 – for Summer 2014

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 FallLA2013 as your subject line.


 

Law/Graduate Student Internship Opportunities in Washington, DC

2014

OCTOBER 30, 2013  |  Download Adobe PDF icon

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:

  • December 1 – for Spring 2014
  • March 15 – for Summer 2014
  • August 1 – for Fall 2014

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.