Immigration Legal Intern
Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC is at work today in more than 40 countries and 24 U.S. cities. The IRC’s Resettlement, Asylum, and Integration (RAI) department creates opportunities for refugees and other vulnerable migrants to survive and thrive in the United States. RAI serves more than 40,000 individuals each year, including thousands of newly arrived refugees, through a diverse portfolio of programs aimed at achieving outcomes in five impact areas: Health, Safety, Economic Wellbeing, Education, and Power.
The IRC in Arizona has been serving refugees since 1994 in Phoenix and 1996 in Tucson, currently providing immigration legal services in the areas of citizenship, adjustment of status, family reunification, and other affirmative applications before US Citizenship & Immigration Services.
IRC Arizona is now part of a new program to expand legal services to asylum seekers, victims of trafficking, noncitizens in removal proceedings, and other individuals in desperate need of legal representation.
SCOPE OF WORK: Under the supervision of a licensed attorney, the Legal Intern will be part of the Arizona IRC Immigration Team, providing quality legal services to asylum seekers, victims of trafficking, noncitizens in removal proceedings, and other individuals in desperate need of legal representation.
- Conduct intake interviews.
- Assist with applications for legal relief.
- Draft legal filings.
- Perform legal research on specific immigration law questions as they relate to IRC clients’ needs,
- Assist with coordinating National Americans Campaign (NAC) citizenship events.
- Assist with citizenship applications.
- Keep accurate records for data entry.
- Opportunity for direct client engagement through rapid response projects, depending on need.
- Other duties as assigned.
- The intern will gain professional experience providing legal representation to noncitizens in non-detained removal proceedings.
- The intern will deepen their understating of immigration law and policy, particularly as it pertains to asylum seekers, the naturalization process, and immigration court systems.
- The intern will gain practical experience working in a fast-paced environment for a large NGO in a challenging policy environment for refugees and immigrants.