Job Description
Job Title Spring 2014-Law Student Internship
Job ID 752173
Begin Date 9/27/13
Duration
Location Washington,  DC 20005
Other Location
Description Human Rights First is a dynamic, U.S.-based advocacy organization that has worked for over thirty years to leverage U.S. law, policy, and influence to promote human rights around the world.

Human Rights First values high quality work product, a collaborative and supportive work environment, respect for diverse viewpoints, creative approaches to problem solving, flexibility and adaptability of skills, accountability for results, and commitment to lasting change.

Human Rights First welcomes law students to apply for a Spring 2014 internship in our Refugee Protection Program. We are looking for students who are currently enrolled in law school, have a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, are fluent in a relevant second language, and want to work on behalf of asylum-seekers.  Interns will be based in HRF’s Washington DC office and will be expected to work at least 15-20 hours per week for a 10-12 week period.  This is an unpaid internship. Interns will be responsible for securing their own funding or arranging to receive course credit at their law schools.

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.
 
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Assist staff in conducting intake interviews with potential asylum clients by taking notes, providing interpretation services (depending on foreign language ability), and writing interview-based case studies with extensive country research;
     
  • Assist staff with legal research on active cases, 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;
  • Respond to requests for assistance from potential asylum seekers in local detention facilities as well as in the DC metro area;
     
  • Assist staff in 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;
     
  • Other tasks as needed.
EDUCATION:  Applicants MUST be law students who are currently enrolled in U.S.-based institutions and attending classes this spring semester.
START DATE:  Spring Semester 2014 (January)
 
TO APPLY:
  • Applicants must send a cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample to dyerj@humanrightsfirst.org. Applicants are also welcome to apply online through the Human Rights First website.
  • The subject line of the email must read exactly as follows: “Spring 2014 Law Student Internship,” or your application may not be considered. 
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to early applications.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls, please.

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.
                         www.HumanRightsFirst.org 
Required Skills •Demonstrated interest in human rights, asylum, and immigration issues (experience in asylum and immigration issues preferred but not required);

•Excellent oral and written communication skills;

•Excellent research skills;

•Fluency in a second language (especially Spanish, French, Amharic/Tigrinya, Farsi or Arabic);

•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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