MIRC often has opportunities for internships for undergraduates and law students at our Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, 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: 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 Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo.
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: Law students must have at least one year of law school completed by June 2018. It is helpful if applicants have experience working with low-income persons and a commitment to assisting underserved populations. MAP is an equal opportunity employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, LGBT persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 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 email@example.com with “Summer 2018: Your Name” as the subject. In your cover letter, please indicate which offices you are interested in for Summer 2018.
Questions may be directed to MIRC by email. MIRC is an equal opportunity employer.