MIRC often has opportunities for internships for undergraduates and law students at our Ypsilanti, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo offices. Candidates with Spanish or other relevant language ability are strongly preferred. Internships are available on a rolling basis. See below for instructions on how to apply.

MIRC Summer Internship Exit Memos:

2011 - Ann Arbor

2011 - Kalamazoo

2016 - Ann Arbor


Summer Legal Internships - Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Ypsilanti


Rev. 12/18/2018

Position:  The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) accepts legal interns on a rolling basis for its offices in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Ypsilanti. Summer positions usually last from late May to early August.  

Description of Program: MIRC provides direct services to immigrant clients focusing on domestic violence and victims of crimes, citizenship, unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings, migrant farmworker law, and impact representation. MIRC also provides 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. Conversational Spanish ability is preferred. MIRC hosts summer interns in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Ypsilanti.

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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 Grand Rapids and Ypsilanti internship will focus on unaccompanied children in removal proceedings, immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and other areas. 

Qualifications: Law students must have at least one year of law school completed by June 2019. It is helpful if applicants have experience working with low-income persons and a commitment to assisting underserved populations. Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Conversational Spanish ability is preferred. Prior experience working with immigrant populations is preferred.

Salary: Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for outside funding (e.g. law school fellowships, Equal Justice America), but these positions are paid if outside funding is not available.

Application Process: We ask that you complete this application form and then send your resume and cover letter as an attachment to with “Summer 2019: Your Name” as the subject. In your cover letter, please indicate which offices you are interested in for Summer 2019.

Questions may be directed to MIRC by email.  MIRC is an equal opportunity employer.