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Legal Intern - Summer 2019

Department: Legal Services
Location: Boston, MA

Summer 2019 Legal Intern Boston


Legal Services


Boston, MA


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 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. 

About the position: KIND's Boston field office is looking for a legal intern for Summer 2019 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 externship credit, work-study, or securing funding from external sources. We have an intern laptop to use while working with us.


Interested applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited JD or LLM program
  • Fluent in Spanish & English (will also consider Portuguese & English)
  • Exceptional academic credentials, strong writing skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in immigration and family law strongly preferred
  • Experience working with children and survivors of trauma preferred
  • Passionate about issues affecting unaccompanied immigrant children
  • Ability to commit to twelve weeks of interning preferred; minimum commitment of ten weeks required.

Duties:  Legal interns will assist us in the following: 

  • Legal Screening: Assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied minor children; communicate with child clients, adult sponsors, and other agencies.
  • Legal Research: Research current trends in immigration law and family law, country conditions, and other federal laws to assist in case preparation. Assisting with motions, affidavits, briefs, and memoranda of law.
  • Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals and communicate with clients.

To Apply:

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted at: 

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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