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Summer Social Services Intern

Department: Legal Programs
Location: Newark, NJ

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 Newark field office is looking for a Social Services intern to assist the Social Services Coordinator in identifying and connecting with resources in the New Jersey area to support KIND clients. Duties may include:

  • Outreach: Outreach to agencies to inquire about available services, referral processes, and event collaboration.
  • Updating and Creating Databases and Resource Lists: Inputting information into databases and creating resource lists for different communities in New Jersey.
  • Event Planning/Organizing: Making calls, sending invitations, and reaching out to agencies for participation or donations.
  • Client Support: Working directly with KIND clients to provide social services referrals.



  • Currently enrolled in an accredited College or University
  • Fluent in Spanish & English
  • Strong communication and written skills
  • 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 full days for 12 weeks during summer 2021 (May 17, 2021 to August 6, 2021)
  • Position will start as a remote position, with a possibility of in-person at KIND’s office in Newark NJ. KIND will provide intern with laptop for the duration of the internship.
  • This internship is unpaid, but KIND is happy to support school credit, work study and stipends that interns can seek through their academic institutions


To Apply:

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, and three references, should be submitted online. 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 has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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