BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC is at work today in more than 40 countries and in 24 U.S. cities. The IRC’s U.S. Programs (USP) department creates opportunities for refugees and other vulnerable migrants to survive and thrive in America. USP serves more than 40,000 individuals each year, including thousands of newly arrived refugees, through a diverse portfolio of programs aimed at achieving outcomes in five impact areas: Health, Safety, Economic Wellbeing, Education, and Power.
The IRC works with government bodies, civil society actors and local volunteers to help refugees, asylees and those with Special Immigrant Visas translate their past experiences into assets that are valuable to their new communities. In Denver and other offices across the country, the IRC helps refugees and asylees to rebuild their lives through services and programs that assist with initial resettlement through longer-term integration. Presently, these services case management, employment services, psychosocial support, family stabilization, health coordination, health insurance literacy, family reunification and programs for children and youth. Beginning in April 2019, the Denver office is also building a legal services program to provide pro bono legal representation to survivors of torture, as well as direct legal services for family-based immigration.
SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: With oversight from the Immigration Program Director, the Immigration Legal Intern will work on a range of direct immigration services, support pro bono representatives, and assist in creation of training and policy initiatives.
COMMITMENT: 10-15 hours per week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9AM-5PM) (3 month minimum)
- Research and prepare legal memos and materials for asylum applications, as well as other forms of immigration relief, for survivors of torture. Directly assist in the preparation of asylum applications and representation of asylum seekers
- Facilitate the development and maintenance of IRC’s training materials for pro bono representatives.
- With oversight from the Legal Program Director, prepare and file family or protection-based immigration petitions and applications.
- Assist with the development of community outreach strategies as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
1. The intern will gain professional experience providing technical assistance and programmatic support to the Denver IRC legal program.
2. The intern will deepen understanding of immigration law and policy, particularly as it pertains to refugees and asylees in the US.
3. The intern will gain practical experience working in a fast-paced environment for a large NGO in a challenging policy environment for refugees and immigrants.
· Law student or 2019 law graduate.
· Strong interest and experience working in immigration and refugee issues.
· Very strong written communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a concise, accessible way.
· Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and manage time effectively.
Receive a decision by March 24th, 2021