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Legal Intern - Fall 2019

Department: Legal Services
Location: Falls Church, VA

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

Legal Internship

DC and Falls Church Satellite Offices*

Fall 2019


Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is looking for legal interns for our DC and northern Virginia offices to assist us in providing pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children within the immigration system.  The position is unpaid, but we are happy to assist you with externship credit, work study, or securing funding from external sources.  For more information about KIND, please visit



Interested applicants must be:

  •  Currently enrolled in a JD or LLM program
  •  Fluent in Spanish & English
  •  Able to work 15-20 hours per week for 10 weeks
  •  Interested or experienced in working with immigrants (preferably child immigrants)
  •  Able to use their own laptop during the internship



Legal interns will assist us in the following:

  •  Interviewing – conducting intake interviews and phone calls with clients and adult sponsors; doing follow-up as needed; and drafting case referral memos.
  •  Information-Gathering – contacting sponsors, social workers, government agencies, relatives or other agencies from the child’s home country to prepare case files; performing legal and country conditions research.
  •  Research and Writing –  performing legal research; assisting with motions, affidavits, briefs, and memoranda of law.  
  •  Interpreting – assisting at interviews with clients, as well as interpreting telephone calls and translating documents.
  •  Administrative Tasks – maintaining case management system, reporting on data and statistics, and other tasks as needed. 


How to Apply 

Please submit a Résumé, Cover Letter, and 2 references (professional, personal, or academic) through

KIND’s ClearCompany portal at for the “KIND Fall 2019 Legal Internship.” We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.  Early applications preferred.  

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.


*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 Cynthia Henning at       


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