Legal Internship - Summer 2020

Job Posting

Legal Internship - Summer 2020

Date Posted:

September 9, 2019

The American Immigration Council (the Council) is looking for qualified law students to join the legal department as interns for the summer of 2020. Positions are available in our DC and Boston offices.

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 Legal Department is staffed by experienced immigration lawyers who play a leading role in immigration litigation across the country. In line with the mission of the Council, the Legal Department pursues strategies to limit unfar enforcement policies, protect due progress rights and ensure a fair immigration process, and reduce restrictions in business immigration. 

The Legal Department:

  • Conducts impact litigation, including class actions and other affirmative lawsuits against the immigration agencies;
  • Appears as amicus curiae in cases before the federal courts and administrative tribunals;
  • Files and litigates Freedom of Information Act requests;
  • Engages in administrative advocacy;
  • Issues practice advisories and other resources for immigration lawyers.

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 generally include assisting with active or developing litigation, including legal research, legal drafting (research memos, pleadings, briefs, or practice advisories), document review and summarizing, and cite checking legal pleadings. Interns also may have the opportunity to blog on recent legal developments and update

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 (please include your preferred location - DC or Boston), and a writing sample to: Hilda Bonilla, Legal Coordinator, E-mail: 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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