The Immigration Project

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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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Case Assistants

Case Assistants are very involved in the logistics of preparing paperwork and following-up on actual cases, and can sometimes involve client interaction. English only is fine.

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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Legal Student Volunteers

This opportunity is only available for current law students. Legal student volunteers assist attorneys with case research and writing documents, increasing our capacity to serve clients from all over the state. These volunteers might conduct legal research, develop statements, draft briefs, locate information in FOIA request records, and perform other tasks as needed for cases.

Internship Opportunities

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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Legal Internships
(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.

Programs Assistant
(Internship Positions Only)

Programs include but are not limited to: Citizenship (NAI – New Americans Initiative), Community Navigators, DACA, etc. Interns will staff members spearheading these programs.

NAI Interns will have positions such as case assistant or outreach assistant. The NAI Case Assistant contacts clients, input notif data, and close citizenship cases. The NAI Outreach Assistant calls clients, conduct pre-screens, and creates flyers to promote citizenship-related events. The Community Navigator Intern will assist the Volunteer Coordinator by maintaining PowerPoints, monthly newsletters, and other materials to use for trainings. The DACA Intern calls and meets with clients as well as preps forms. 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.

 

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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

We also seek candidates for legal externships.

Please read more for information on how to apply. 

NOTE:

If you have difficulty accessing Google Forms, log into your Google account.

If you do not have one or are still experiencing issues, please send the appropriate form below to the Volunteer Coordinator. 

For all forms, you MUST upload and e-sign a “Rights & Duties as to Client Confidentiality”

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

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