MIRC often has opportunities for internships for undergraduates and law students at our Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo Offices. Candidates with Spanish or other relevant language ability are strongly preferred. Internships are available on a rolling basis. Please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIRC Summer Internship Exit Memos:
Summer Legal Internships - Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor
SUMMER LEGAL INTERN PROGRAM
Position: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) accepts legal interns on a rolling basis for its offices in Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor. Summer positions usually last from late May to early August.
Description of Program: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center is a non-profit, public interest law firm. MIRC focuses on technical and co-counsel assistance and training to Michigan legal aid and pro bono attorneys handling immigration and immigrant rights matters, systemic advocacy on behalf of Michigan's low-income immigrants and their families, legislative and legal development tracking and analysis, coalition-building among immigration assistance providers and immigrant advocacy organizations statewide, and support and training for domestic violence survivor attorneys and advocates regarding the rights of battered immigrants. MIRC also provides direct services to clients, focusing on migrant farmworker law, domestic violence and victims of crimes, citizenship, unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings, and impact representation.
For more information about MIRC, visit our website at www.MichiganImmigrant.org
Legal Intern Responsibilities: Interns at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center work under the supervision of licensed and experienced immigration law attorneys. Responsibilities typically include interviewing clients, assessing their legal problems, conveying legal advice through oral and written communication, conducting educational seminars for clients and community members, researching and drafting legal memos, communicating with pro bono attorneys on pending cases, and supporting the attorneys with pending cases and projects. Both MIRC offices prioritize impact immigration law and immigrant rights cases. In addition, the Kalamazoo internship will include working with migrant farmworkers in priority areas of employment, health, and immigration law and policy. The Ann Arbor internship has a large focus on battered immigrant cases (VAWA, U Visas) and citizenship/naturalization.
Qualifications: Conversational Spanish ability is preferred. Prior experience working with immigrant populations is preferred.
Salary: During the summer, law students internships pay $12/hour and undergraduate internships pay $10/hour. Academic year internships are unpaid. Law students are often successful in obtaining public interest fellowships from law schools or outside organizations.
Application Process: Apply by email by submitting a resume, a list of three references, and a cover letter indicating your level of foreign language competency to email@example.com with “MIRC Internship” in the subject line. Applicants should state a preference, if any, for the Kalamazoo or Ann Arbor office. Video interviews are available to applicants who are not within a reasonable driving distance of our offices.
Questions may be directed to MIRC by email. MIRC is an equal opportunity employer.