Internships | Volunteer

Passionate, enthusiastic volunteers are the lifeblood of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and we thank you for your interest! Are you a student or recent graduate looking for an academically challenging and socially dynamic position that helps change entire communities? Then you may be a great fit for our Internship program. Are you interested in helping us with special events, particular activities like civic engagement, or have a special skill? Then you may be a perfect fit for our Event and Special Task Volunteers. Please read below, complete and submit the form and we will get back to you!

Internship Programs

Removal Defense Legal Intern

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is currently seeking a Legal Intern for Summer 2019 to assist with the organization’s direct immigration legal services. Candidates must be currently enrolled in law school; have strong interests in immigration law, social justice, and community lawyering; and be committed to serving the needs of the Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI), and other immigrant communities. The intern will receive a stipend commensurate with the duration of the internship.

Responsibilities and duties

• Assisting attorneys and legal representatives in all aspects of direct representation of clients in immigration proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
• Casework including conducting client interviews, drafting affidavits, and preparing immigration applications and evidentiary submissions; Legal research and writing;
• Participating in citizenship or other immigration application clinics, in partnership with other local community organizations;
• Assisting with community organizing and education activities, such as Know Your Rights presentations;
• Working collaboratively with other offices in the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, as well as other community organizations;
• More opportunities for the Legal Intern to explore workings of other departments at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, as desired.

Requirements

• Currently enrolled law student at an accredited institution
• Strong legal research and writing skills
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
• Interest in and passion for issues affecting immigrant communities
• Commitment to Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta’s mission
• Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
• Ability to work independently and proactively in a small team
• Commitment to working 40 hours per week for either the full summer (10 weeks) or part of the summer (6-8 weeks), depending on applicant’s preference . • Prior experience working with/ties to low-income immigrants and communities of color preferred, but not required
• Bilingual abilities are desired but not required, particularly in Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Arabic, and/or Spanish

How to Apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter addressing your interest in the internship, resume (no more than one page), legal writing sample (no more than 5 pages), and list of three professional or academic references as one PDF to Palmer Lawrence at plawrence@advancingjustice-atlanta.org by May 17, 2019.

Please write “Removal Defense Legal Internship” in the email subject line. No phone calls or inquiry emails, please. Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.

Event and Special Task Volunteers

If you would like to volunteer but cannot commit a specified time, we still could use your help! We are looking for volunteers for help with the following:

  • Translation of basic pieces of legal education in Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Laotian, Tagalog or any other Asian language
  • Volunteer service time for specific community outreach events or projects which usually occur on weekday nights or on weekends – door to door canvassing, phone banking, community meetings and special events, for example
  • IT / technical / computer assistance
  • Videography
  • Event planning


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