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Social Services Coordination Internship

Department: Legal Services
Location: Falls Church, VA


Social Services Coordination Internship

Virginia Office

Social Work Coordination with Unaccompanied Minors

About KIND

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing direct and pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.  


Internship Description

The social services team is seeking an outgoing and empathetic intern to work with released unaccompanied minors in the D.C. metropolitan area. Based out of KIND’s Virginia office, the intern will work directly with the social services coordinator to help clients meet varying needs. The intern will be supervised by the social services coordinator; but will also learn about KIND’s legal services. The intern will complete the following tasks with some flexibility depending on the requirements of program and/or interests.

  • Assist with referrals for basic needs like food, medical services, clothing, school enrollments etc.
  • Contribute to the resource database
  • Complete data entry to our legal management database
  • Plan and implement client-centered events
  • Assist with administrative duties such as maintaining case notes, reporting, etc.


  •  Must be able to pass a background check
  •  Must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social sciences or a degree in related field.  
  •  Must be proficient in Spanish
  •  Committed to immigrant rights, social justice, or human rights issues, and be an ardent support of KIND’s mission.
  •  Preferred experience working with immigrant populations, trauma survivors, or individuals with mental health issues is a plus.
    •  An independent, hard-working team player with who is flexible, patient, and respectful
    •  KIND is seeking a full time candidate for the Spring 2019. Part time applicants will be considered as long as applicant can commit to a minimum of 17 hours per week. This internship is unpaid.


How to Apply


1)         Résumé

2)         Cover Letter

3)         2 references – professional, personal, or academic.


Please submit all application materials as soon as possible to Ingrid H. Rosales Zavala at  KIND will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.  Early applications preferred.  


*If you have any questions, or if you are interested in an internship for a different semester, please do not hesitate to reach out to the email above.    

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