Internships

Many students come to HRI seeking internship or service learning opportunities. We have supervised high school, 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.  Currently, HRI is accepting applications for summer 2017 legal interns, and a spring 2017 Client Intake Intern.  Please see descriptions below.

Description: Immigrant Children’s Project Intern

HRI is seeking full-time legal interns for our summer internship program to support to the Immigrant Children’s Project. This program assists immigrant children who have suffered abuse, abandonment, or neglect by one or both parents, and for whom it is not safe to return to their home country.  As our intern you will shadow attorneys who prepare applications for various forms of immigration relief, assist in conducting client interviews, draft and review supporting affidavits and other documents, and perform legal research.  You will have at least one legal writing project (memo or brief) that can be used as a writing sample.  HRI’s prior interns rave about the in-depth, real world experience they receive.  Through this internship HRI strives to provide every legal intern with invaluable experience in immigration and nationality law and international human rights issues.

Qualifications

  • 1L or 2L in law school
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission and goals of HRI
  • General understanding of immigration and nationality law and/or international human rights issues
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Computer proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or demonstrate ability to learn computer applications
  • Working knowledge of another language in addition to English (optional but preferred – Spanish and French speakers are especially encouraged to apply)

Responsibilities

  • Assist legal department with legal and country conditions research
  • Draft memos for the legal department, analyzing research findings
  • Work with clients in relation to their legal cases
  • Assist with client intakes
  • Assist with preparation of in-house cases
  • Provide general office support as needed
  • Complete various projects which would assist HRI’s legal department in reaching its goals
  • Interpret and/or translate documents (if applicable)

 

Application Instructions: Qualified applicants please submit your resume and a tailored cover letter to the Volunteer and Communications Coordinator, Elisabeth Hagberg, at ehagberg@hrionline.org.

Deadline to Apply: 1/26/2017

Description: Asylum Program Intern

HRI is seeking full-time legal interns for our Asylum Program Summer Internship. The Asylum Program represents refugees who have fled their home countries due to persecution and torture based on their religion, political opinion, race, nationality or membership in a particular social group.  This program will provide practical, hands-on litigation experience in the area of immigration law and removal proceedings while serving some of the agency’s neediest clients.  As our intern you will shadow attorneys who prepare asylum applications, assist in conducting client interviews and witness preparation, draft and review supporting affidavits, briefs and other documents, perform legal research and attend hearings at immigration court.  You will have at least one legal writing project (memo or brief) that can be used as a writing sample.  HRI’s prior interns rave about the in-depth, real world experience they receive.

Qualifications:

  • 1L or 2L in law school
  • Committed to and enthusiastic about the mission and goals of HRI
  • General understanding of immigration and nationality law and/or international human rights issues
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Computer proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or demonstrate ability to learn computer applications
  • Working knowledge of another language in addition to English (optional but preferred – Spanish and French speakers are especially encouraged to apply)

Responsibilities:

  • Shadow attorneys who prepare applications for various forms of immigration relief.
  • Assist in conducting client interviews, draft supporting affidavits and outline direct and redirect examinations.
  • Observe the witness preparation that is crucial in Asylum cases and perform legal research, brief writing, and country conditions research

Application Instructions: Qualified applicants please submit your resume and a tailored cover letter to the Volunteer and Communications Coordinator, Elisabeth Hagberg, at ehagberg@hrionline.org.

 

Deadline to Apply: 1/26/2017

Client Intake Internship

Part-time (15-25 hrs/wk) – unpaid from January – mid May

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

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

HRI Mission: HRI of North Texas provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses, advocates for justice, and promotes international human rights.

Position description:

We are currently seeking an undergraduate or graduate intern (or recent graduates within the past year) to assist our Client Intake Manager part-time during the spring semester.

The Client Intake Intern will be supervised by the Client Intake Manager, who serves as the first point of contact for clients and guests who walk into the agency office and those who call the main agency phone line. The Client Intake Intern will be trained to help conduct phone intake screenings, maintain schedule for intake rooms, greet guests and check-in clients at the front desk, and serve as a Spanish translator/interpreter as necessary.

Qualifications:

  1. Commitment to HRI’s mission and passion for international human rights
  1. Computer proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and/or demonstrated ability to learn new computer applications.
  2. Positive attitude
  3. Problem solving skills
  4. Excellent organizational skills, able to multitask
  5. Must be fluent in English and Spanish
  6. Respect for other cultures and U.S. law.
  7. Responsiveness to individual client needs.

 Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Elean Martinez

Client Intake Manager

Human Rights Initiative of North Texas

2801 Swiss Avenue

Dallas, TX 75204

EMartinez@hrionline.org

No phone calls will be accepted.

 

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 & Communications Coordinator, Elisabeth Hagberg for more information: ehagberg@hrionline.org.