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Children’s Legal Intern

New York City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date:

Requisition ID: req46426

Job Title: Children’s Legal Intern

Sector: Youth Services

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Compensation: USD 0.00 - 0.00 Hourly

Location: New York RAI

Work Arrangement: Hybrid

Job Description

BACKGROUND: International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst
humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in more than 40
countries and over 20 U.S. cities, the IRC provides resettlement, education and empowerment
support to refugees and displaced people.

SCOPE OF WORK (Children’s Legal Intern): The Children’s Legal Services (CLS) program in
New York provides legal representation to unaccompanied children. To be eligible for services,
unaccompanied children (UC) must be under the age of 18 at the time they enter the CLS
program, have no immigration status, and, have been officially designated as an
unaccompanied child by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The CLS team helps UC
understand the immigration systems, prepare them for hearings, evaluate and advise them on
the types of immigration applications they can file, and assist them with preparing their filings.
Many cases involve representation at New York Immigration Court and some cases will also
involve hearings in NY state court.


• Support in building and fostering relationships with clients by being part of client
meetings, drafting supporting documents, and assisting with translation and
interpreter services.
• Provide administrative support to the Children’s Legal Services team, including
checking for upcoming court hearings, communicating regularly with clients,
preparing applications, and support in filing with appropriate agencies.
• Perform research on immigration issues, country conditions, case law, and other
relevant projects.
• Obtain certificates of completion for attending virtual immigration law trainings
and webinars.
• Assist the NY CLS Team by coordinating with other IRC NY programs to get
additional support for unaccompanied children who need case management
assistance such as educational resources.

1. Legal Intern will gain exposure and understand various immigration processes
and immigration humanitarian reliefs available to unaccompanied children.
2. Legal Intern will gain exposure to NY Family Courts and procedures.
3. Legal Intern will learn how to manage client cases within established deadlines.
4. Legal Intern will develop problem solving skills, client services skills, and
intercultural social work skills

• Bilingual in Spanish is required.
• This internship is for a law student.
• Equivalent work experience working with children and or serving low-to-moderate
income immigrant populations (including refugees, asylum seekers, etc.) highly
• Motivated, flexible, manages time effectively, and can work independently as well
as within a team dynamic.
• IRC orientation and full background check (Live Scan & HireRight) required.

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