Internships

Summer, 2019

Crime Victims Program

HRI is seeking full-time legal interns for our summer internship program to support the Crime Victims program. This program provides legal services to immigrants who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or violent crime.  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:

  • 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 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, writing samples, and a tailored cover letter specifying interest in the Crime Victims Program to LFaulkner@hrionline.org.

Asylum Program

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:

  • Strong legal research, verbal and writing skills, basic computer literacy; ability to operate independently
  • 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, writing samples, and a tailored cover letter specifying interest in the Asylum Program to Lfaulkner@hrionline.org.

Children’s Program

HRI is seeking full-time legal interns for our summer internship program to support to the Children’s Program. 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:

  • 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 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, writing samples, and a tailored cover letter specifying interest in the Children’s Program to LFaulkner@hrionline.org.

For all 3 Programs, address your cover letter to: Ms. Layne Faulkner, Volunteer Coordinator, HRI, 2801 Swiss Ave., Dallas, TX 752 

SOCIAL SERVICES

Human Rights Initiative is seeking a Social Services intern for our Children’s Program during summer 2019. The intern may be part time or full time and will be expected to work between 25-40 hours a week (exact hours flexible). This program assists children and teens who have suffered abuse, abandonment or neglect by one or both parents. Many of our child clients arrive as unaccompanied minors to reunite with family or friends, and their arrival in the United States can be a difficult and jarring experience. Many are forced to navigate complex systems, including our legal immigration system, school, and more. The staff in Social Services department at HRI works to support our clients who are navigating these systems and the legal process in various ways. Services are designed to help our child clients and their families cope with the initial stress of reunification, begin healing from the traumas they’ve experienced, and look towards building a bright future here in the United States. The children we see come to the United States come with many hopes and dreams, and we try our best to support our clients in reaching their full potential. As the Social Services intern in the Children’s Program, you will work with our Children’s Program Case Manager in providing these services in addition to assisting in research, evaluations and program development focused on youth empowerment. 

Applicants fluent in Spanish strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate intern (or recent college graduates within the past year)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and keen attention to detail
  • Interest in a public service, social work, human rights, or human services career
  • Experience in research, program execution and evaluation skills are a plus
  • Self-starter and able to manage projects independently

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with Children’s Program intakes and refer clients to appropriate services to address any needs, researching additional resources as needed.
  • Work alongside HRI staff to help our clients to set goals and craft a career or educational plan after high school, and provide case management support to help clients achieve these goals.
  • Alongside Children’s Program Manager, evaluate client’s progress in youth empowerment programs.
  • Provide administrative support as needed, including data entry and documentation of referrals and other social services provided to clients.
  • Be part of a strong advocate team in researching areas of need and potential resources and support available to our immigrant child clients.

Application Instructions: Qualified applicants, please submit your resume and a tailored cover letter to the Children’s Program Manager, Elisandra De La Cruz, at edelacruz@hrionline.org.  No phone calls will be accepted. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and this position may close at any time after a candidate has been identified.

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Look at our wonderful interns, Nithin and Victoria! We are so grateful for all their efforts for HRI. Join us in wishing them all the best! Good luck in your future endeavors! Come hang with us when you have time!

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.  


Legal Fellowships

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


ABOUT HRI:

For the past 18 years, HRI has provided 100% free legal and social services to vulnerable immigrants and refugees. We believe that immigrant rights are human rights, and that families belong together. Our extensive network includes pro-bono lawyers, volunteer social workers, and community helpers. Our successful business model quintuples every penny we receive. THANK YOU for believing in us. THANK YOU for supporting us. THANK YOU for being our Community.