Internships

Law Student Internship Opportunities in Los Angeles

WHAT WE DO

The National Immigration Law Center is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that all people should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of their color, where they were born, or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in litigation, policy, and communications, we address issues that affect the lives of low-income immigrants and work with communities across the nation, in courtrooms, and in legislatures to help advance policies that create a more inclusive, just, and equitable society for everyone. Find out more at www.nilc.org.

INTERNSHIPS

NILC seeks law interns to work in our Los Angeles office on projects benefiting low-income immigrants in one of NILC’s priority areas: defending immigrants threatened with loss of immigration status, detention, or deportation; fighting for access and fairness in immigration entry and sponsorship processes; and building power and pro-immigrant momentum through policy gains and narrative change. NILC’s recent work has focused on litigation against the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), exposing aggressive immigration enforcement strategies, and pushing back against the government’s proposed regulatory changes to “public charge.”

Summer internships are full-time and for 10 weeks. NILC does consider part-time internships during the academic year, and we prefer for the part-time internship duration to be at least 6 to 10 weeks, with a minimum of 10 hours per week. 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 in 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:

  • February 1, 2019 — for Summer 2019

To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, a list of three professional references, and transcript to [email protected]. Please use “L.A. Internship” as your subject line and specify the term for which you are applying.

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

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


FOR SUMMER 2018
First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship

www.FirstGENFellows.org

OVERVIEW

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) launched the First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship (FirstGEN) program during the summer of 2013, to coincide with the Lawyers’ Committee’s fiftieth anniversary. Shortly after, the Washington, DC, office of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) agreed to become FirstGEN partnering organizations. Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) became the fourth FirstGEN partner organization in 2015.

FirstGEN is a ten-week summer program for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education and who are passionate about pursuing careers in social justice. Fellows gain hands-on experience working on civil rights matters as full-time public policy and social justice interns, while also participating in a parallel training program. FirstGEN creates a greater community of advocates by linking emerging leaders with existing ones and by creating a FirstGEN alumni network. Each fellow receives a $1,500 stipend.

FirstGEN is a Lawyers’ Committee, NILC, CLINIC, and AAJC collaborative program, with the Lawyers’ Committee serving as program lead. The press release announcing the Lawyers’ Committee, NILC and CLINIC FirstGEN partnership is available here, and a PDF version of FirstGEN’s program overview is available here.

For more information about FirstGEN Fellows, visit www.FirstGenFellows.org, follow FirstGEN on Twitter and Instagram, and like FirstGEN on Facebook.

MISSION

To identify, support and advance emerging first-generation social justice leaders.

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SUMMER 2018: February 8, 2018

Application available at http://firstgenfellows.org/apply/.