Policy Internship - Summer 2019

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Policy Internship - Summer 2019

Date Posted:

December 5, 2018

The American Immigration Council (the Council) is looking for a qualified law student to join the policy department as an intern for the summer of 2019.

About the American Immigration Council:  The American Immigration Council, established in 1987, works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. The Council brings together problem solvers and employs four coordinated approaches to advance change—litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications.

The Council’s Policy Department is staffed by experienced immigration lawyers who endeavor to provide thought leadership and expert insight for today’s immigration debate. In line with the mission of the Council, the Policy Department pursues strategies to limit unfair enforcement policies, protect due process rights and ensure a fair immigration process, reduce restrictions in business immigration, and maintain robust channels for future immigration flows.

The Policy Department:

  • Analyzes existing and proposed immigration policies and offers insight to present to the media, Congress, and convenings.
  • Shapes the public narrative by sharing Council analysis in a timely way with decision makers, writing blog posts for the Council’s blog (immigrationimpact.com), and regularly speaking with the media.
  • Educates Members of Congress by organizing and participating in briefings for Members and their staff, submitting statements for the record in committee hearings, providing technical assistance on legislative text, and offering lines of questioning for witnesses at hearings.
  • Engages with the oversight bodies of the Department of Homeland Security by filing administrative complaints and leading stakeholder meetings.

Interns must be dynamic self-starters with excellent research and writing skills and a demonstrable commitment to social justice and immigrant rights. Prior immigration law or advocacy experience or immigration law course or clinical experience is preferred. Intern assignments include tasks such as assisting with drafting publications (e.g., fact sheets and hearing statements), researching emerging issues, writing blog posts, attending and reporting on congressional hearings, legal research, and identifying case stories to support administrative complaints to agency oversight bodies.  

The Council offers a paid stipend and will accommodate attendance to the American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference.

To apply, please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to: Hilda Bonilla, Legal Assistant; E-mail: [email protected]. We will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis.

The Council is an affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

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