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Undergraduate Intern

Department: Legal Programs
Location: New York, NY

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. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 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.

Position Summary:

KIND's New York field office seeks an intern for Fall 2021 to assist us in providing pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children in immigration court proceedings.

The position will be unpaid, but we are happy to assist you with academic credit, work-study, or securing funding from external sources; if securing funding from external sources, it must meet minimum wage requirements.

We have an intern laptop to use while working with us. The position may be remote or partially in-person.

Essential Functions:

Legal interns will assist us in the following:

  • Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals and communicate with clients.
  • Legal Screening: Assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied minor children; communicate with child clients, adult sponsors, and other agencies; and draft case referral memos.
  • Office Administration: Assist with various ad-hoc assignments related to managing and organizing an office in a nonprofit setting.

Qualifications & Requirements:

Interested applicants must be:

  • Enrolled or graduated from accredited undergraduate program.
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience and interest in working with children, immigrant communities and/or victims of trauma preferred.
  • Professional fluency in Spanish required.
  • Ability to commit to twelve weeks of internship preferred.

Application Instructions:

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at: If you have any questions, please contact:

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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