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2020 Summer Legal Internship – Immigration Unit

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”) is currently accepting 2020 summer legal internship applications for our Immigration Unit.  CMS is a nonprofit provider of legal services for low and moderate income residents of Queens and Brooklyn, and is an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

The Immigration Unit at CMS is comprised of three programs: the Removal Defense Project (“RDP”), Affirmative Filings, and Naturalization. RDP represents immigrants who are before Immigration Court seeking forms of relief such as defensive asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents and non-lawful permanent residents, motions to reopen, and 212(C) waivers. The RDP team also files affirmative asylum petitions, U visas, T visas and I-130 family based petitions associated with a removal case before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The affirmative filings team files 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. The Naturalization Team submits naturalization applications and N-600 (application for certificate of citizenship for people who derived or acquired US citizenship through their parents) applications before USCIS.  The summer intern will get experience working in all three areas of our immigration practice.

Summer legal interns should be currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school.  Summer interns are expected to work Monday through Friday (excluding any holidays) from approximately 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM for the duration of the internship, however periodic evening hours may be required in lieu of daytime hours so that the intern can participate in community events, legal clinics or client meetings.  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…)

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to David Colodny, Director of Legal Services, at

Download this 2020 Summer Legal Internship as a PDF.