Job Description
Job Title Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 Law Student Internships-Refugee Protection Program
Job ID 645946
Begin Date 8/6/12
Duration
Location New York,  NY 10001
Other Location
Description

Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.
 
Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.

Human Rights First welcomes law students to apply for one of several internships in our Refugee Protection Program. We are seeking to fill multiple internship positions for the Fall 2012 semester and would also like to have at least one of those interns remain with our program for the academic year, beginning in the Fall of 2012 and ending in the Spring of 2013.
 
The Refugee Protection Program works to provide indigent asylum-seekers with quality legal representation in their asylum cases.  The program also advocates for legal reform and policy change on issues affecting asylum seekers in the United States.
 
For all internship positions, we are looking for students who are currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, and are fluent in a relevant second language, and want to work on behalf of asylum-seekers.  Interns will be based in HRF’s New York office.  During the Fall and Spring semesters, interns will be expected to work at least 10 hours per week.  The internships will run for a 10-12 week period in the Fall of 2012 and for 10-12 weeks in the Spring of 2013.  All internships are unpaid. Interns will be responsible for securing their own funding or arranging to receive course credit at their law schools.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist staff in conducting screening and intake interviews with potential asylum clients by taking notes, providing interpretation services (depending on foreign language ability), and writing and editing detailed interview-based reports with extensive country research;
  • Travel to the immigration detention centers in New Jersey to assist with intake interviews of potential asylum clients, as needed;
     
  • Assist staff with legal research, preparation for trainings, meetings, special projects, and other events;
  • Represent Human Rights First at various NGO-government liaison meetings and take detailed notes for HRF staff, as needed;
     
  • Help with the process of identifying, analyzing, and responding to legal or procedural changes that affect asylum-seekers, including statutory changes, proposed regulations, and decisions from federal courts or the Board of Immigration Appeals;
     
  • Assist staff with written and oral correspondence with existing clients, potential clients, interpreters, and others involved in the process of case screening, acceptance, and placement with law firms;
  • Administrative and other tasks as needed
EDUCATION:
Applicants MUST be law students who are currently enrolled in U.S.-based institutions and will be attending classes this Fall semester.

START DATE: Fall 2012 

TO APPLY:

  • Applicants must send a cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample to DelChiaroG@HumanRightsFirst.org.
  • The subject line of the email must be: “Fall 2012 Law Student Internship.”  Please indicate whether you are interested in the single-semester internship or the year-long internship.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open until filled.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls.

HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. WE CONSIDER APPLICANTS FOR ALL POSITIONS WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, CREED, GENDER, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY, MARITAL OR VETERAN STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR ANY OTHER LEGALLY PROTECTED STATUS.
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Required Skills •Demonstrated interest in human rights, asylum, and immigration issues (experience in asylum and immigration issues preferred but not required);

•Excellent communication skills;

•Excellent writing and editing skills;

•Excellent research abilities;

•Fluency in a second language (preference will be given to Spanish, French, Creole, Mandarin, and Russian speakers);

•Ability to handle several tasks at once while working independently or as a member of a team;

•Compassion, empathy, and a sense of humor
 
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