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Social Services Intern - Summer 2019

Department: Legal Services
Location: Seattle, WA





About KIND: 

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided nearly 18,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and legal staff and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

About the position: KIND's Seattle field office is looking for a Social Services intern for Summer 2019 to assist the Social Services Coordinator. The position will be unpaid, but we are happy to assist you with externship credit, work-study, or securing funding from external sources. The position will be project based, focusing on the creation and implementation of local resource guides focused on our client population. This position will be mostly remote; you must have access to a computer and internet in order to work on the project.

Duties:  Social Services intern will assist us in the following: 

  • Updating and Creating Databases: Assist in updating database information and creating resource lists for King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties.
  • Coordinating/Organizing Donations: Help reach out for donations or help to organize donations received.
  • Research Social Services in Communities: Assist in calling agencies to inquire about services and referral processes.
  • Event Planning/Organizing: Assist with making calls, sending invitations, and reaching out to agencies for participation or donations.


Interested applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited College or University
  • Fluent in Spanish & English
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail
  • Experience working with immigrant families and children preferred
  • Experience working with children and survivors of trauma preferred
  • Passionate about issues affecting unaccompanied immigrant children
  • Ability to commit to twelve week internship preferred; minimum commitment of ten weeks required.

To Apply:

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and three references.

Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

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. 

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