Summer Immigration Internship with AYUDA (Virginia office)

March 11, 2014

Ayuda’s Virginia office is currently accepting applications for Summer 2014 internships, and will interview and accept applicants on a rolling basis. Positions are open to all applicants (law students, graduate students and undergraduate students, or individuals holding an undergraduate degree). Summer internships will last from May through August, but start and end dates are flexible.  Ideal candidates will commit to working full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks. All internship positions are unpaid but Ayuda can work with you if you intend to obtain school credit or funding for your internship hours.

Immigration Intern Responsibilities:

  • Communicating with clients from all over the world in Spanish and English, and in other languages through the use of interpreters
  • Carrying active caseloads of immigration cases, under the supervision of experienced attorneys and paralegals
  • Preparing filings to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, including (but is not limited to) petitions for survivors of domestic violence (VAWA petitions), crime (U-visas) and human trafficking (T-visas), petitions for abandoned/unaccompanied minor immigrant children, political asylum applications, family reunifications petitions, adjustments of status to permanent residence, naturalization, Temporary Protected Status, work authorization, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  • Working closely with attorneys and paralegals in the preparation of cases for submission to the Immigration Court for clients in removal proceedings
  • Coordinating all aspects of a client’s case, including client communication, relevant research, translation, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing memos and briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies
  • Attending clients’ interviews with USCIS officers for immigration benefits, as an interpreter

Immigration Intern Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be bilingual in Spanish and English (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing)
  • Applicants who speak other languages (such as French, Amharic, or Thai), in addition to Spanish, are encouraged to apply
  • Previous experience working in immigration law is helpful but not require
  • Previous experience working with immigrant communities or with victims of domestic violence is highly desired
  • Applicants must work well independently and together with a team of attorneys, paralegals and social service professionals
  • Applicants must be detail-oriented, well-organized, responsible and personable

Location:
2755 Hartland Road, Suite 100, Falls Church, Virginia 22043. Please note that our office is metro-accessible and is located half a mile from the Dunn-Loring Metro Station.

How to Apply:
Please submit applications only via email to Cristina dos Santos at csantos@ayuda.com. Applications must include a resume, three references with up-to-date email and phone contact information, and a detailed cover letter describing your specific interest in Ayuda and how you would contribute to the work of Ayuda’s Virginia office. In the body of your email or in your cover letter, please also specify your desired start and end dates. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and positions remain open until filled.  No phone calls please.

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