Immigration Internship
International Rescue Committee - Silver Spring, MD

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BACKGROUND:
The International Rescue Committee, founded in 1933, is a leading non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The IRC has operated as a Washington, D.C. resettlement office since the 1970’s. Recently, as part of a new Maryland State initiative, IRC shifted its main office to Silver Spring, Maryland, to support a wider geographic base and to expand its support to a growing asylee population. The office resettles over 400 refugees annually and assists over 400 asylees, living in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. As a model of 'one-stop shopping' for our resettlement clients and other immigrants, IRC has also established an Immigration Program.

IRC's Immigration Department in Silver Spring, Maryland, provides high quality, low-cost immigration services, including immigration and legal advice, consultation and application for Adjustment of Status (i.e., Green Cards), Employment Authorization, Naturalization, and Family Reunification for refugees, asylees and Cuban and Haitian paroles.

The Immigration Program Internship is an unpaid position with a minimum 3-4 month commitment. Applicants are required to indicate availability in the application. Part-time or full-time internship available. Interns play important role in pre-screening, preparation and documentation of immigration and legal services provided.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work under the supervision of the Immigration Program Specialist to conduct client screening, placement and referral and documentation for different immigration services;

Assist client during their intake and application process, answering inquires and assisting them in completing specific filing requirements and documentation;

Participate in designing and facilitating know your rights educational workshops, advocacy materials and presentations engaging refugees, partners and refugee friendly service providers in the area;

General administrative support includes tracking, filing, and mailing relevant documents, applications, and notices of action;

Assist clients with document translation, authentication, presentation and completion.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1. Understand the USA Immigration and legal system and benefits available to refuges and Asylees

2. Use the Law Logix immigration database to process and document case specific information

3. Able to understand, hear personal stores and understand the plight of refugees

QUALIFICATIONS:
Working towards a college degree related to international relief or humanitarian work or refugee law related subjects

Must be self starter, passionate and motivated to work with diverse and limited-English speaking clients;

Interest and/or work experience on U.S Immigration law (Prior experience in immigration is a plus);

Excellent research, language, data base management and record keeping skills

  • Note: This is an unpaid internship; school credit may be received depending on your program and institution .
To apply please send a resume and cover letter to Silverspring@rescue.org

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