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Legal Intern

Department: U.S. Legal Services
Location: Silver Spring, MD

POSITION SUMMARY: 

HIAS seeks a Legal Intern to assist HIAS’ direct legal services programs, which benefit forcibly displaced immigrants seeking asylum and other relief in the United States. The intern will conduct research, writing and draft filings for submission to the Immigration Court, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and state courts. Through this internship, the intern will learn about U.S. immigration law and the practice of law in a nonprofit setting. They will report directly to the Managing Attorney, and they will work with the Staff Attorneys and the Associate Director, Pro Bono & Partnerships.  

Note, this position is unpaid, but may be pursued for academic credit or a public interest stipend. We ask that applicants be available for 15-20 hours/week for a 4-month period beginning in January 2022. In order to be considered, please submit your resume, cover letter and a brief writing sample (10 pages or less, double-spaced) along with your application.  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Conducts thorough legal and factual research on topics assigned by Staff Attorneys. 

  • Writes memorandums, briefs and other documents in support of HIAS’ immigration legal cases. 

  • Researches and develops materials to train Pro Bono Attorneys on substantive legal issues in immigration and asylum law. 

  • Develops declarations and application forms through interviews with clients. 

  • Assists the legal team in preparation and presentation of asylum claims (affirmative and defensive), special immigrant juvenile cases, U-Visa, T-Visa and other cases. 

  • Reviews, prepares and finalizes applications for client benefits submitted by Pro Bono Attorneys, including I-485 Applications for Adjustment of Status. 

  • Maintains records and contributes to program reports in compliance with any applicable grants or other agreements. 

  • Assists Pro Bono Attorney teams with client interview and client preparation of asylum claims. 

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Current law student (rising 2L or 3L). 

  • Strong interest in asylum law and/or processing, human rights and international law. 

  • Fluency in Spanish required; fluency in French or Russian a plus. 

  • Must be resourceful, thorough and analytical in order to develop information and obtain materials relevant to the research requested. 

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. 

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills required. 

SAMPLE HIRING PROCESS: 

We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process for internships: 

Step 1: Submit your application! 

Step 2: Video interview with the hiring manager. 

Step 3: Online reference check with SkillSurvey. 

Step 4: Offer and background check with Shield Screening. 

Step 5: Start your professional journey with HIAS! 

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step. 

ABOUT US: 

Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.  

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values. 

VISION: 

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. 

MISSION: 

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 

VALUES: 

Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger 

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice 

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy 

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership 

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World 

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience 

DIVERSITY: 

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status. 

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