Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”) is currently accepting 2021 summer legal internship applications for our Immigration Affirmative Filings Unit only. All other summer internship positions have been filled. CMS is a nonprofit provider of legal services primarily serving low-income residents of Brooklyn and Queens and is an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.
The Immigration Unit at CMS is comprised of three programs: Removal Defense, Affirmative Filings, and Naturalization. The Affirmative Filings unit assists immigrants with a wide range of immigration applications, including DACA, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), R visas, religious worker petitions, consular processing family petitions, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, I-130 family petitions, inadmissibility waivers, I-90 green card renewals, and adjustment of status applications.
Interns will be responsible for legal research, drafting legal memoranda and other documents, factual investigation, assisting in hearing/trial preparation, development of educational and outreach materials, client interviewing, and a host of other needs that arise in CMS litigation and advocacy efforts. Interns also may have opportunities to observe CMS attorneys in court or administrative agency proceedings. Due to COVID-19, it is likely that the internship work will be performed entirely, or almost entirely, on a remote basis.
Applicants should be currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. The internship is unpaid, however CMS will support the applicant’s effort to obtain funding from outside sources (e.g., their law school, Equal Justice America, etc…). Interns must be able to commit to a schedule of 35 hours per week for at least 8 weeks.
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to:
Supervising Attorney, Affirmative Filings Unit