TITLE: Citizenship and Immigration Intern
START DATE: September 1st
DURATION: 4-6 months / 15-24 hours per week
The International Rescue Committee(IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 28U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.
- Assist immigration staff in helping refugees, asylees, and other immigrants apply for adjustment of status (green cards), United States citizenship, family petitions, reunification applications, work permits, travel documents, DACA renewals and other immigration benefits - Assist with accurate completion of application forms for clients - Meet with clients to review their applications and documentation, take necessary information from them, follow up with them in preparing their petitions - Notify clients via telephone or mailings about matters related to their applications - Assist clients with additional necessary procedures, such as requests for evidence and follow-up advocacy with USCIS or local or federal political / legislative offices - Help to strategize, plan and execute community outreach efforts related to immigration matters, including assistance with planning know-your-rights and citizenship workshops as well as other informational forums:Conduct outreach mailings - Assist immigration team with tracking, filing, and mailing relevant documents, applications, and notices of action - Maintain up-to-date client data in online immigration database - Other related duties as assigned by the Immigration Program Manager or Immigration Assistant.
1. Student will learn about immigration law and policy 2. Student will learn about refugee resettlement and refugee social services 3. Student will develop research and outreach skills 4. Student will learn how to interact with multi-cultural and limited English speaking clients
- JD candidate/law student preferred; will consider a college student - Fluency in Spanish, Arabic or French are strongly preferred - Familiar with the mission of IRC and willing to represent it appropriately - Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with refugees, asylees and other immigrants - Ability to work well with a culturally diverse staff - Prior experience in immigration a plus - Part or full-time internship; more than one position available
This position reports to the Immigration Caseworker and Immigration Program Supervisor.
IRC leading the way From Harm To Home.
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