Multiple PAID summer internship positions with Legal Aid of North Carolina have not yet been filled for the summer of 2017!
I wanted to highlight two statewide special projects at Legal Aid seeking applicants with oral and written proficiency in Spanish. The Farmworker Unit law intern will be based in Raleigh and the Battered Immigrant Project hosts interns in Charlotte and Raleigh. To apply for these positions, please send your resume, a brief cover letter, and 3 references via email to me at CaitlinR@legalaidnc.org with “MLK Internship” in the subject line of the email.
Battered Immigrant Project
Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Battered Immigrant Project (BIP) is seeking a second or third year law student who is fluent in oral and written Spanish to assist in the preparation of immigration cases for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Working under an attorney’s supervision, the law student will work directly with clients to prepare their immigration cases for submission to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In addition to the clients, the law student will also have the opportunity to work with victim advocates and various law enforcement agencies to obtain the necessary documents for their cases. The student will have the opportunity to prepare several clients’ cases from start to finish. Case preparation will include interviewing clients, writing affidavits, obtaining court and medical records, completing forms, and drafting cover letters to USCIS to present their cases. An attorney from the BIP will meet with the student regularly to discuss case progress, provide feedback, and answer questions.
Farmworkers are essential to harvest North Carolina’s tobacco, fruits, vegetables, and other plants; they also plant trees and work with livestock and poultry. The Farmworker Unit (FWU) provides free legal assistance in civil matters to this population statewide. Its office is centrally located in Raleigh, but staff make regular visits to rural areas where farmworkers live and work, mostly in the evenings. The Unit’s litigation primarily involves employment law, utilizing state and federal laws regulating wages, working conditions, safety, and housing for migrant farmworkers. The Unit also represents some agricultural product processing workers with employment-related issues. The Unit has three attorneys, a community education coordinator, and three paralegals. LANC is committed to high quality representation of farmworker clients and offers an opportunity to do challenging work with committed colleagues.
The MLK will be working directly with individual FWU clients and help them address a wide variety of needs. Under the supervision of an attorney, the MLK law intern will be responsible for case support in current litigation, interviewing new clients, supporting community education efforts, working with case teams and attending staff meetings. In addition, the intern will be expected to accompany experienced staff on outreach to migrant labor camps a couple of evenings per week. Written and oral proficiency in Spanish and a driver’s license is required.