Open to: All law students
Location: Granger, WA
Application Process: Send a cover letter and resume to the contact below, with “Interns 2017” in the subject line.
Recommended Skills/Prerequisites: Fluency in oral and written Spanish is required
Application Deadline: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis
The Northwest immigrant Rights Project’s Granger office provides free and low cost immigration legal services to residents in Eastern Washington. Granger is about 30 miles east of Yakima, and within the heart of the agricultural industry in Washington State. Our offices are housed within the Northwest Communities Education Center, which is
home to numerous non-profit organizations providing services to farm workers, and Radio KDNA, which is the only public radio station in the state producing educational programming for the Spanish speaking community since 1979.
Interns will directly represent residents, primarily Latino farm workers in this region, who seek immigration legal services. Duties include appearing in immigration court hearings, preparing clients for court or interviews with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), preparing witnesses, gathering supporting documentation and preparing correspondence on behalf of clients with affirmative applications before USCIS, drafting legal briefs and making oral arguments in court or before adjudicators at local USCIS offices. In addition to their direct caseload, intern responsibilities include the following:
- Participation on monthly radio show on Radio KDNA and other community educational events or presentations.
- Conduct in person or telephonic intakes
- Identify legal issues and potential forms of relief for immigrants
- Perform a variety of administrative tasks.
The internship is open to first, second, and third year law students. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills, an interest in immigration law, an ability to work in a diverse and challenging work environment, and a commitment to advancing and defending the legal rights of low-income immigrants and refugees. Willingness to live in a rural community. Some travel is required. Applicant must be fluent in oral and written Spanish.
The internship is unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.
All interns will be provided a mentor and will be provided a mid-point and final evaluation by mentor and directing attorney.
How to Apply
Please send a resume and brief cover letter explaining your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Interns 2017” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until positions are filled.