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.  We are currently accepting applications for summer 2018 legal interns.

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 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.

The application deadline for Summer 2018 is January 31, 2018.

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.

The application deadline for Summer 2018 is January 31, 2018.

 

Description: Crime Victims Program
HRI is seeking full-time legal interns for our summer internship program to support to 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

  • 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 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.

The application deadline for Summer 2018 is January 31, 2018.

Contact Information:
Elisabeth Hagberg
Volunteer and Communications Coordinator
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
ehagberg@hrionline.org

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.