Legal Internship - Summer 2023

Job Posting

Legal Internship - Summer 2023

Date Posted:

November 11, 2022

The American Immigration Council (the Council) is looking for a qualified law student to join the legal department as an intern for the summer of 2023. Funding may be available if the intern cannot secure their own. The internship is a remote position.

About the American Immigration Council: 

The American Immigration Council, established in 1987, works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. The Council brings together problem solvers and employs four coordinated approaches to advance change—litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications.

The Legal Department:

The Council’s Legal Department is staffed by experienced immigration lawyers who play a leading role in immigration litigation across the country. In line with the mission of the Council, the Legal Department pursues legal strategies to limit unfair enforcement policies, protect due process rights and ensure a fair immigration process, and reduce restrictions in business immigration. Some of our work includes:

  • Conducting impact litigation, including class actions and other affirmative lawsuits against the immigration agencies
  • Appearing as amicus curiae in cases before the federal courts and administrative tribunals
  • Filing and litigating Freedom of Information Act requests
  • Engaging in administrative advocacy
  • Issuing practice advisories and other resources for immigration lawyers

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Interns must be dynamic self-starters with excellent research and writing skills and a demonstrable commitment to social justice and immigrant rights. Prior immigration law or advocacy experience or immigration law course or clinical experience is preferred. Intern assignments generally include assisting with active or developing litigation, including legal research, legal drafting (research memos, pleadings, briefs, or practice advisories), document review and summarizing, and cite checking legal pleadings. Interns also may have the opportunity to blog on recent legal developments and update

Currently, the Council plans to accommodate  the legal intern's attendance at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) annual conference, held on June 21-24, 2023, in Orlando, Florida.

For consideration, qualified applicants are to submit a resume and cover letter. Cover letters should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills, and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT COVER LETTERS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

The American Immigration Council is an active Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law. 

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