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International Rescue Committee Immigration Legal Intern in New York, New York

Requisition ID: req3418

Job Title: Immigration Legal Intern

Sector: Legal

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ

Job Description

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 in 24 U.S. cities. The IRC’s U.S. Programs (USP) department creates opportunities for refugees and other vulnerable migrants to survive and thrive in America. USP 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.

IRC’s Immigration Program serves approximately 15,000 clients each year through its network of US offices, focusing on citizenship, adjustment of status for refugees and asylees, family reunification, and other affirmative applications before US Citizenship & Immigration Services.

SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: With oversight from the Immigration Director, Immigration Program Manager, and Immigration Technical Advisor, the Immigration Legal Intern will provide analysis of new immigration policies to IRC’s network of field offices, assist in developing training materials, and assist with individual technical assistance requests.

COMMITMENT: 8-12 weeks in Summer 2019, 37.5 hours per week


  • Research and prepare legal memos and materials for dissemination throughout the network on immigration law and policy issues that impact IRC immigration clients.

  • Facilitate the development and maintenance of IRC’s training materials and training events for the network on immigration issues or other refugee and immigration issues to build capacity, promote program innovation, and support high-quality services.

  • Assist with the development of community outreach strategies as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  1. The intern will gain professional experience providing technical assistance and programmatic support to a network of immigration legal programs in the US.

  2. The intern will deepen understanding of immigration law and policy, particularly as it pertains to refugees and asylees in the US.

  3. 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.


  • Law student or 2019 law graduate.

  • Strong interest and experience working in immigration and refugee issues.

  • Very strong written communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way.

  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and manage time effectively.

  • Experience with website maintenance, social media, or newsletter development is a plus (not required).

This is an unpaid internship position. No financial compensation, including compensation for relocation, is available.

Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample with the subject line Immigration Legal Intern to .