The National Immigration Project is seeking applicants for legal internships in our Washington, DC office. For 49 years, the National Immigration Project has persistently promoted justice and equality of treatment in all areas of immigration law, the criminal justice system, and policies related to immigration. We provide technical assistance and support to legal practitioners, immigrant communities, community-based organizations, and all advocates seeking and working to advance the rights of noncitizens. Since its founding, the National Immigration Project has served as a progressive source for cutting-edge, advocacy-oriented legal support on issues critical to immigrant rights. Our success is built upon the membership and tax-deductible contributions of thousands of supporters nationwide.

Internship Overview

Legal interns are exposed to a wide range of legal research and writing projects, including amicus briefs, pleadings in affirmative lawsuits, practice advisories, legislative analyses, legal memoranda, and/or comments on proposed immigration regulations. Interns also assist with the National Immigration Project’s outreach and advocacy work.

Applicants must be law students who have completed at least one year of law school before the beginning of the internship. The National Immigration Project looks for candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to immigrants’ rights. Preference is given to those students who have taken an immigration law class or have past experience working on immigrants’ rights issues. Students with law school clinical experience are encouraged to apply.

These are unpaid positions. Academic credit may be available.

Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 Legal Internship Details

The internship is based in Washington, DC, although remote work may be necessary depending on public health recommendations. Interns can work full-time or part-time for the duration of the semester. Please note your availability in your cover letter.

To Apply

Interested candidates may apply by submitting cover letter, resume, list of references, and a writing sample of not longer than 10 pages by email to Hilda Bonilla. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early in order to be considered for the internship position. Please specify if you are interested in the Fall/Spring or Summer internship.

Summer 2021 Legal Internship Details

The internship is expected to be based in Washington DC, unless public health recommendations require remote work. Interns are expected to work full-time for a preferred duration of 10 weeks. Please note your availability in your cover letter. We may accommodate varying schedules on a case-by-case basis.

To Apply

Interested candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, list of references, and a writing sample (no longer than 10 pages) to Hilda Bonilla at hilda@nipnlg.org. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications early in order to be considered for the internship position. Please specify if you are interested in the Fall/Spring or Summer internship.