Many students come to HRI seeking internship or service learning opportunities. We have supervised undergraduate and graduate interns along with law students. HRI believes in teaching through hands-on experience and providing our interns with opportunities to see the true nature of practicing law, serving at a non-profit, and working as part of our team.  Our interns work closely with our department directors and provide valuable work to support our clients’ cases.  We would not be able to do our work without them!

Human Rights Initiative offers competitive Spring, Summer, and Fall internships for graduate and undergraduate interns depending on need.  We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2018 legal interns.  We currently have 1 internship available in our social services program.  Please see descriptions below.

Summer 2018 Social Services Internship Opportunity

Asylum & Crime Victims Program

Internship Title: Social Services Intern, Asylum & Crime Victims Program

Dates: Summer 2018 (June-August 2018; start and end dates flexible)

Hours: 20-25 hrs/wk unpaid

Human Rights Initiative is a non-profit located in Dallas, TX which is committed to providing high-quality legal and support services free of charge to people who have suffered from human rights abuses.

Internship description:

For most of our refugee and immigrant clients, navigating the immigration system in the United States is a very long and stressful experience.  Some of our clients have fled very traumatic incidents in their home country, including torture, and are immediately thrust into an unfamiliar culture and an adversarial legal process. Others may have been living in the United States for years, but are only now finding the services they need to fix their immigration status and recover from domestic violence, sexual assault, or other types of harm they may have suffered here.  In addition to legal representation, Human Rights Initiative provides a range of other services that are designed to help each client cope with the stress of building a new life in the United States and meeting their basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, medical and dental care, and more), as well as to begin healing from the trauma they experienced. The Social Services Intern for the Asylum & Crime Victims Programs will assist the Social Services Director in providing these services to clients and requires strong people skills, flexibility, keen attention to detail, and the desire to learn and work with the victims of trauma.


  • Assisting the Social Services Director in meeting client needs through individual intake and assessment, research, referrals, and direct one-on-one advocacy
  • Coordinating and assisting SSD with carrying out HRI summer programs (Back to School, Employment Workshop)
  • Observe legal and social services intakes for new and potential clients and assist with intake process
  • Assist the SSD in helping clients obtain government documents and filling out applications, as needed
  • Conducting outreach to establish new partnerships for HRI in the community
  • Assisting with documentation of referrals/client contact in client case management database
  • Translate client documentation from English to other languages (if applicable)
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Cultural competency and sensitivity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Flexible self-manager
  • Strong desire to learn
  • Passion for human rights and advocating for HRI Socials
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and keen attention to detail
  • Previous experience (work or volunteer) with refugees or immigrants preferred but not required
  • Interest in a public service, social work, human rights, or human services career
  • Applicants fluent in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply


Application Instructions: Please submit a resume and cover letter to Ms. Zainab Ellis, Social Services Director, at No phone calls will be accepted. The application deadline is March 30, 2018. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may close at any time after a candidate has been identified.


Legal Fellowships

Human Rights Initiative is open to accepting legal fellows from school around the country. We do not provide funding for fellows. Please contact HRI’s Volunteer Coordinator, Layne Faulkner for more information at