Two Immigration Law Internships in Memphis

1) SUMMER 2017 INTERNSHIP : Catholic Charities of West Tennessee is developing a growing immigration services program to meet the legal needs of low-income immigrants and refugees. Our program provides individual client services and also does outreach within the community to inform immigrants within Memphis of their rights and immigration options. CCWTN’s office is located in mid-town Memphis.

In general, an internship may include:
 Interview immigration clients telephonically and in-person to collect factual information related to their cases;
 Input case-related information into client database and prepare case summaries and legal immigration documents and materials;
 Conduct follow-up interviews with clients throughout the case preparation process;
 Assist CCWTN staff in preparing for interviews before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
 Tasks will evolve depending on the needs of the CCWTN staff and clients.

We are looking for interns who demonstrate an interest in immigration law and advocacy. Interns must have excellent written and verbal communication skills. A willingness to learn and participate in program events is also desired. Individuals with Spanish proficiency are preferred but no language skill is required.

This internship is unpaid and interns must provide their own transportation to and from the office. Public transit is limited but parking is free. Intern must be able to work part-time or 15-20 hours a week. We would like the intern to start by the beginning of June 2017 but can be flexible.

To apply:
Please email a resume, cover letter, a brief writing sample (3-5 pages) and contact information to Christine Butson.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, although we do encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.

Send applications and questions to:
Christine Butson Program Director Immigration Services
Catholic Charities of West Tennessee 1325 Jefferson Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
E-mail: Phone: 901-722-4730


2) FALL 2017: Part-Time Internship with Memphis Immigration Court
Rolling Application, Apply ASAP, but before MAY 1, 2017

The United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, is seeking a law student intern to participate in an excellent internship opportunity during the fall of 2017.  The position is available at the Memphis Immigration Court located in downtown Memphis. The jurisdiction of the United States Immigration Courts includes all matters brought before the Court by the Department of Homeland Security.  The immigration judges at the Memphis Immigration Court preside over formal immigration hearings to determine whether aliens are deportable, excludable, inadmissible or removable from the United States.  In addition, the judges have jurisdiction to consider applications for various forms of discretionary and mandatory relief, including various waivers, adjustment of status, cancellation of removal, asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the U.N. Convention Against Torture.

The internship will require a commitment of a minimum of ten hours per week for the length of the semester.  Although the internship is unpaid, academic credit may be obtained with the permission of your law school (or pro bono credit may be obtained).  The position will entail in-depth research and analysis of legal issues, as well as preparation of legal memoranda for the immigration judges.  Interns will have opportunities to draft decisions that will be taken under advisement by the immigration judges and that may later be used as writing samples.  Interns can expect to develop research and writing skills as well as an understanding of immigration law and procedure as it relates to removal and deportation issues.  In addition, they will be able to observe a variety of matters brought before the Court.  Interns will work under the supervision of the Court’s Attorney Advisors but will have substantial interaction with the Immigration Judges.  For paid internships and post law school employment jobs, please visit

The position requires that applicants be United States citizens.  Immigration experience is preferred but not required.  Selected candidates must pass a background security check conducted by the Department of Justice.  Since the background check will take time to complete, APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY May 1, 2017.  However, we reserve the right to fill the positions before this date.

Interested students should submit (preferably in pdf form) a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample (unedited by others to the extent possible) by e-mail to:
Kaylee Klixbull and Kaitlin McKenzie
Attorney Advisors
Memphis Immigration Court
80 Monroe Ave., Suite 501
Memphis, TN 38103


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