Immigration Legal Intern


HIAS Headquarters – New York, NY

Internship Description:

The immigration legal intern will work with HIAS’ immigration legal services unit at its New York headquarters office on immigration matters related to both Jewish and non-Jewish refugees and asylees from all over the world. The intern will provide legal and technical assistance under the direction of immigration lawyers regarding the interpretation and impact of immigration law on asylum seekers, refugees, and asylees in the United States. S/he may also provide research and analysis on global refugee issues and crises in support of HIAS’ international and advocacy projects.


  • Provide legal and technical support for applications for individuals seeking asylum before DHS/USCIS’ asylum division or DOJ’s immigration court, including research and analysis on legal issues and country conditions, drafting legal memos/affidavits, and working directly with clients
  • Perform periodic reviews of DHS-issued policy papers and announcements of changes to rules and regulations and draft recommendations on behalf of HIAS to the government on these changes
  • Conduct research, analysis, and writing for various special projects related to immigration, refugee, and asylum policy, advocacy, and programs in support of HIAS’ U.S. and international programs
  • Participate in DHS conference calls, local stakeholder meetings/hearings, and other meetings and draft informative memos related to the aforementioned for dissemination
  • Assist with the representation of detained asylum seekers at local detention centers (fall semester only) and attend asylum and/or court hearings as needed
  • Other duties related to program development, management, operations, and grants as assigned


  • Experience with immigration and/or refugees preferred
  • Experience with DHS, DOS, and/or UNHCR a plus
  • 2L or 3L desired
  • Strong research, analytical, and writing skills
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and manage time effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, and strong organizational skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; bilingual a plus (Spanish)
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications (Word & Excel) and internet research

Interested applicants should email the following information to

  • Cover letter (please explain your interest in the position and indicate semester/time availability)
  • Résumé
  • Brief writing sample (maximum 3 pages)
  • Contact information for 3 references


Please note: Internships are unfunded but we work with schools to assist students in obtaining credit or funding. HIAS operates as an equal opportunity workplace and is located at 333 7th Avenue at 28th Street, directly accessible via the 1 train.