Law Intern

Team: Immigration and Refugee Program
Location: New York, NY
Starting salary: $8.00/hour
Deadline: February 10, 2014

Internship Opportunity

Church World Service (CWS) in New York City seeks a law clerk to perform research on immigration law, conduct intake interviews and, if appropriate, complete immigration and naturalization related applications before USCIS.  The law clerk will also promote awareness of immigration legal issues and to help increase CWS’ name recognition in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.  The law clerk will distribute CWS materials, will identify, coordinate, and co-host immigration-related educational workshops, and will represent CWS at local community events.  In addition, the law clerk will assist at naturalization workshops.  CWS/IRP attorneys will supervise and train the intern.  This internship will be compensated at $8.00 per hour.

About the Organization

Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit, international humanitarian assistance organization comprised of 37 member denominations and communions. The CWS/Immigration and Refugee Program provides assistance to displaced persons abroad and works with the State Department and 35 community organizations across the United States to resettle refugees fleeing persecution. CWS’ New York City office provides low cost immigration legal services to the immigrants in the tri-state area seeking: legal advice, to apply for a green card or citizenship, or to help a family member immigrate to the US.


Qualified applicants will be a second or third year law student from a local law school and will speak Spanish. They must enjoy working in immigrant communities, demonstrate an ability to speak confidently in public, and be a self-starter. A positive attitude and commitment to ensuring immigrant access to justice is a must.  Knowledge of NYC’s immigrant community is desired.  The law clerk must be a self-starter and be motivated to try new initiatives.


The law clerk will commit to 10 - 12 hours per week from February to May 2014, with possible extension through the summer.

Rewarding Experience

From this experience, the law clerk will work directly with immigrants and attorneys, will learn to research immigration law, and will gain public speaking and leadership skills.  The intern will learn how to conduct an intake interview to screen clients to immigration benefits, to complete applications for immigration benefits, to promote justice, to connect the working poor and indigent to affordable legal services, and to work with people from different cultures and countries.  Spanish speaking and writing skills will also improve as a result of this experience.  The law clerk will leave this experience with an understanding of immigration law.

Application Process

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to: by February 10, 2014.  Formal interviews will be conducted.

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