The International Institute of New England is a 501(c)(3) non-profit serving refugees and immigrants in Boston, MA, Lowell, MA, and Manchester, NH. The Institute offers internships to students, graduate students, and recent graduates with demonstrated interest or experience in supporting refugee, asylee, and immigrant populations. Each internship includes an educational component, through which interns contextualize their experience and reflect on their service. Interns can also expect to spend some time each week supporting their office's front desk, assisting the Office Manager and learning to better navigate the services at the Institute.
All internships are unpaid and correspond roughly with the US semester system:
Summer Internship: May 13, 2019 – August 23, 2019
(Applications requested by April 8)
First consideration is given to applicants that can commit at least 12 hours over the course of one of the semesters outlined above. Applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of whether their schedule fits the semester system; IINE makes exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Slots fill quickly and candidates are encouraged to apply earlier than the requested date above.
LIFS Internship Overview
Interns will have the unique opportunity of learning and working with a small legal team on a variety of immigration-related cases across IINE’s 3 sites. IINE’s legal client-base includes refugees, asylees, and other immigrants seeking the following documentation or outcomes: green cards, worker’s authorization, travel documents, and family reunification. LIFS interns will gain an unparalleled hands-on learning experience that will prove especially valuable to anyone interested in pursuing studies or a career in immigration law or international affairs. Interns can expect to attend consultations and support the LIFS Coordinator as he/she completes and submits applications, as well as support the administration of the program.
Reports to: LIFS Coordinator
- Attend consultations with LIFS staff
- Support staff as they complete applications
- Assist in the general day-to-day of the LIFS department, including:
- scheduling appointments
- making calls to clients
- greeting LIFS clients at the front desk
- helping to maintain the filing system
- processing mail
- drafting case notes
- Law students and individuals with previous legal experience preferred
- Ability to read complex legal documents and follow detailed instructions efficiently
- Patience speaking with non-native English speakers/non-English speakers
- Highly organized with great attention to detail
- Professionalism, discretion, and maturity in dealing with confidential information
- Interest in international, refugee, asylee, and/or immigrant issues
- Ability to work respectfully in a multicultural environment
- Excellent oral and written communication skill
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and to switch gears quickly
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
- Language skills in Arabic, French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Somali, or Nepali highly desirable
- Efficiently collect and document information relevant to status adjustment applications
- Screen and meet with clients to determine eligibility for forms assistance services, with LIFS staff support and supervision
- Quickly identify strong status-adjustment applications
- Identify and access community resources and services, particularly those that cater to the needs of refugees and immigrants.
- Understand the US Refugee Resettlement program, as well as what part the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and resettlement agencies like the International Institute of New England play in receiving and integrating refugees.
- Respectfully express and engage with ideas and values in a multicultural, multilingual environment.