Position: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com
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.