Volunteer or Intern
with us

What We Do

The Immigration Project utilizes thousands of volunteer hours every year, and we are excited to offer valuable opportunities that help an intern or volunteer make a positive and lasting contribution to immigrants’ lives.

Please Note:

With the exception of translation and interpretation, we rarely have one-time needs, preferring a minimum commitment of 3-4 months.

Volunteering

For opportunities in the community, as Community Navigators, on the language team, clerical/admin roles, archives and more

Internships

For opportunities in Media and Outreach, Data, Social Services, or for undergrads who may want to be involved with the law in the future

Externships

For opportunities for students in Law School

Volunteer Opportunities

For opportunities in the community, as Community Navigators, on the language team, clerical/admin roles, archives and more

Community Navigator

Community Navigators are a key wing of the Immigration Project! Navigators are sources of information for the immigrant community.  They serve as effective connections between our organization and the people who need our help. They are educators, health care workers, advocates, interpreters, social service providers, students, and other allies.  Navigators are volunteers who receive specialized training in order to better assist our immigrant neighbors.  We offer a variety of training for community members and a range or opportunities to serve for those willing to step into this vital role.

 

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Social Service Case Assistants

Case Assistants assist our social services team with case management for individuals in need. This may include processing applications and paperwork, follow up, referrals, and/or planning informational presentations and cultural orientation. Multilingual case assistants can expect significant client interaction. 

Language Team

If you have a strong language aptitude (fluent or advanced), we would love to have you on our language team. For translating needs, you would help translate civil documents like birth and marriage certificates, in addition to client statements of hardship or abuse, marketing and communications, and general correspondence. 

For interpretation needs, given the higher level of difficulty involved, we are seeking volunteers with high-level language skills. Interpretation may take place in-person, through video chat, or on the phone). Our primary needs are for French, Spanish, Lingala, and Kanjobal though if your skill is with a different language, please still apply as our needs do vary, and ideally we would bolster our language team with a wide variety of language competencies.

 

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Administrative/Clerical

If you enjoy helping people directly over the phone or in-person, then you might be a great fit for this position. Ideally, we are searching for folks who are bilingual (English-Spanish) to help in this role. This is a crucial role which ensures expedient access to legal services for new and existing clients.

Archiving Team

We will be soon making a concerted effort to recruit volunteers specific to an archiving project which our Executive Director is prioritizing. It’s not the most glamorous volunteer role, and it would not involve direct client involvement. However, this project will ensure that The Immigration Project’s considerable case history is more readily accessible to our legal advocates, which should streamline and improve our ability to analyze and manage cases.

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If you have a skillset that you think will benefit our office, please reach out and apply to become a Volunteer.

Internship Opportunities

For opportunities in Media and Outreach, Data, Social Services, or for undergrads who may want to be involved with the law in the future

Internship Program (non-law students)

Interns are defined as those assisting the agency on a no-fee basis to fulfill an academic requirement. Non-Credit Interns are defined as those assisting the agency on a no-fee basis for approximately nine or more hours a week for a commitment of at least one semester.

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Pre-Law Internships

There are a limited number of positions for undergraduate interns with the legal team, which are generally assigned to students wishing to commit approximately 200 hours per semester:
 
Access to Justice interns assist with processing notices and green cards received by mail as well as case closing.
 
 Intakes interns answer client questions by phone and email and schedule client appointments.  
 
New Americans interns assist with the preparation of citizenship and DACA paperwork. 
 
Language assistants are speakers of French or Spanish assigned to one monolingual lawyer for the semester, facilitating communication between the representative and their clients. 
 
Legal Educator interns research topics of interest to the immigrant community, then prepare educational presentations to keep our clients apprised of changes in immigration law, new opportunities, and their rights. 

Other programs appear on a by-need basis.

If you have a skillset that you think will benefit our office, feel free to reach out and apply for an internship.

Externship Opportunities

For opportunities for students in Law School 

Legal Externships
(Law Students)

These externships present an excellent opportunity to learn more about U.S. immigration law while making a difference in the lives of low-income individuals who are in need of legal representation.

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We also seek candidates for legal externships.

Please read more for information on these opportunities, and how to apply. 

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Please contact our Volunteer Coordinators at volunteercoordinator@immigrationproject.org if you have any questions.

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