Immigration Legal Intern (Summer) MD/NY
HIAS seeks a Legal Intern to support HIAS' immigration legal service programs benefiting asylum-seekers, including child migrants fleeing violence in Central America, and other vulnerable immigrants in the United States. The Legal Intern will conduct research, writing and draft filings for the Immigration court and Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Legal Intern will be supervised by the Managing Attorney and work with HIAS' legal team including Staff Attorneys.
The position is unpaid but may be pursued for academic credit. A semester or quarter commitment is required.
• Conduct thorough legal and factual research on topics assigned by supervising attorneys.
• Write memorandums, briefs and other documents in support of HIAS' immigration legal cases.
• Develop client declarations and application forms through interviews.
• Draft responses to legal inquiries from HIAS stakeholders.
• Assist legal staff in drafting training manuals, presentations and other materials to support HIAS' legal program development.
• Maintain records and contribute to program reports in compliance with any applicable grants or other agreements.
Qualifications and Requirements:
• Current law student or recent graduate.
• Interests in refugee law and/or processing, human rights and international law.
• Resourceful, thorough and analytical in order to develop information and obtain materials relevant to the research requested.
• Excellent oral communication and writing skills.
• Sensitivity in working with clients of all backgrounds including various cultures, languages, ages and vulnerabilities.
• Demonstrated ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities under a strict time deadline.
• Proficiency in Spanish or another foreign language strongly preferred.
HIAS is a global Jewish nonprofit organization working in 14 countries across five continents to ensure that refugees and displaced persons are protected. Throughout the United States, we help refugees reunite with families, resettle and become self-sufficient. Guided by our values and history, we help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and security and advocate to ensure that all displaced people are treated with dignity.
HIAS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND COMPLIES WITH ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL EMPLOYMENT LAWS.