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Internships

Latino Memphis has a variety of internship opportunities for students, recent graduates, and life-long learners with an interest in social services, advocacy and the Latino community in Memphis. An internship at Latino Memphis will introduce you to the practical components of working in the nonprofit industry.

Who Should Apply?

Opportunities are open to undergraduate and graduate students. The internships are unpaid, but Latino Memphis is willing to assist the student in applying for externship/field placement credit and/or fellowships.

Internship Schedule

The internships follow the scholastic year: fall semester, spring semester, and summer. Interns during the academic school year are generally required to work 16 hours per week, Monday–Friday, for 12 weeks. Summer interns are required to work 30–40 hours per week, Monday–Friday, for 10 weeks. Start and end dates may be flexible. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however, deadlines for each semester are listed below.

  • Spring: January-April (16 hours per week)
    Application deadline: November 30

  • Summer: May-August (30-40 hours per week)
    Application deadline: April 15

  • Fall: September-December (16 hours per week)
    Application deadline: July 30

Applicants will be contacted by these deadlines to schedule interviews if selected. Applicants should indicate in their application for which semester they are applying.

Ongoing Opportunities

Derechos / Immigrants Rights Defense Center

All legal interns have the opportunity to work directly with clients. Download PDF flyer with the information listed below.

About the Immigration Legal Program Internship
Internship responsibilities are determined by academic status. Undergraduate Interns would assist with the translation of documents, interpreting, answering and returning telephone calls, responding to texts, and other responsibilities deemed appropriate by the supervising attorney. Legal Interns will be working directly with clients of various backgrounds, carrying active caseloads of preparing filings for US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Immigration Court under the supervision of experienced attorneys and DOJ Accredited Representatives. Cases may also involve assisting attorneys in preparing custody, guardianship, or adoption filings in state courts for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications.

The work includes client communication, relevant research, translation, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing memos and briefs, drafting court motions and orders, advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies, attending USCIS interviews with clients as an interpreter.

About the Detained Legal Program Internship
Latino Memphis represents individuals who face federal detention in three Louisiana-based federal detention facilities. Interns selected for this program must be able to work promptly in a face-paced legal environment and have strong analytical and communication skills. Responsibilities may include supervised motion writing, legal research, Spanish translation and interpretation, evidence collection, briefing detained legal issues, analyzing criminal convictions for immigration consequences, and providing other legal assistance to the supervising attorney as needed. Interns must be willing to travel to Louisiana (transportation, food, and lodging provided).

Qualifications

  • Spanish proficiency preferred
  • Previous experience in immigration, criminal justice, domestic violence, family law, or consumer protection is helpful but not required
  • Previous experience working with immigrant communities is highly desired
  • Work well independently and together with a team of attorneys, paralegals and social service professionals
  • Detail-oriented, well-organized, responsible, personable, professional and comfortable working with diverse populations from a variety of backgrounds


How to Apply
Please email Stacie Hammond, Co-Legal Director at stacie@latinomemphis.org and Christy Swatzell, Co-Legal Director at christy@latinomemphis.org. Applications are always accepted. All applications must include a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please specify your desired start and end dates, availability during the week, and your preference for the Immigration Program or Detention Program. You may also request to serve an internship under both to broaden your experience. Your resume should articulate your qualifications.