Northwest Immigrant Rights Project – 2018-2019 Fall or Spring Tacoma Internship, open until filled

  Legal Intern
Open to: All law students
Location: Tacoma, WA
Time Commitment: At least 140 hours total per semester
Application Process: Send a cover letter and resume to with “2018-19 Fall (or Spring) Internship – YOUR NAME” in the subject line.
Recommended Skills/Prerequisites: Applicants with proficiency in Spanish are strongly preferred.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Tim Warden-Hertz,

Job Description

NWIRP’s Tacoma office provides legal services to immigrant detainees at the Northwest Detention  Center (NWDC), which holds up to 1575 detainees, 90% of whom are unrepresented. In addition,  NWIRP‐Tacoma has a unit‐serving individual who are not detained and who live in the Tacoma, South  Sound, Olympic Peninsula and Southwest Washington region.

We ask for a time commitment of at least 140 hours over the course of a semester. For fall/spring  interns, responsibilities will depend on the time available for the intern and may include the following:

  • Conduct “Know Your Rights” presentations at the NWDC to groups of detainees;
  • Conduct intakes with individual detainees;
  • Conduct workshops to assist detainees with applying for relief;
  • Identify legal issues and potential forms of relief for detainees;
  • Draft pro se briefs for detainees;
  • Perform a variety of administrative tasks.


The internship is open to first, second and third year law students. Applicants should have a sense of  humor, excellent written and oral communication skills, an interest in immigration law, a commitment  to working in a diverse and fast‐paced work environment, and value advancing and defending the legal  rights of low‐income immigrants and refugees. Applicants proficient in Spanish are very strongly preferred.