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Legal Internships

About Us 

African Services Committee (ASC) was founded in 1981 by Ethiopian refugees. Over the past 24 years, ASC has grown to become a multi-service agency dedicated to improving the well-being and self-sufficiency of NYC's African and Caribbean immigrant communities. We provide direct health, housing, social and legal services to over 10,000 clients each year with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and support. 

Law School Intern/ Pro Bono Opportunity: Spring 2022

Commitment: 12-16 weeks, 8-10 hours/week 

Responsibilities: 

  • Manage requests for legal assistance 
  • Return client calls
  • Screen potential clients for immigration eligibility 
  • Assist staff with translations and legal research  and drafting
  • Draft immigration forms, briefs, declarations, gather supporting evidence, conduct research under supervision of ASC legal advocates

 

Qualifications: 

  • Currently enrolled in law school 
  • Cultural awareness of and sensitivity to vulnerable immigrant populations
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment
  • Strong organizational and communication skills with high attention to detail
  • Fluent or highly conversational in French or Spanish strongly preferred (must be able to converse expertly with native speakers about a variety of sensitive and detailed topics) 

 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Intern will learn about the African Services Committee as well as various social services available to immigrant populations in New York. 
  • Intern will deepen understanding of immigration law, policy, and practice in the United States. 
  • Intern will develop problem solving skills, client service skills, and intercultural social work skills.
  • Intern will learn how to manage client affairs within established deadlines, to provide the best service possible. 

 

The position will be supervised by the Intake Manager and Director of Pro Bono. Comprehensive training will be provided. 

This is an unpaid internship position. However, students may pursue outside funding opportunities and arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.

How to apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Undergraduate Internship Opportunity: Spring 2022

Commitment: 12-16 weeks, 8-10 hours/week 

Responsibilities: 

  • Manage requests for legal assistance 
  • Return client calls
  • Screen potential clients for immigration eligibility 
  • Assist staff with translations and legal research 
  • Other administrative tasks as assigned 

 

Qualifications: 

  • Currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a bachelor’s or master’s program in International Relations, Social Sciences, or related Global fields
  • Cultural awareness of and sensitivity to vulnerable immigrant populations
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment
  • Strong organizational and communication skills with high attention to detail
  • Fluent or highly conversational in French or Spanish strongly preferred (must be able to converse expertly with native speakers about a variety of sensitive and detailed topics)

 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Intern will learn about the African Services Committee as well as various social services available to immigrant populations in New York. 
  • The intern will deepen understanding of immigration law, policy, and practice in the United States. 
  • Intern will develop problem solving skills, client service skills, and intercultural social work skills.
  • Intern will learn how to manage client affairs within established deadlines, to provide the best service possible. 

 

This is an unpaid internship position. However, students may pursue outside funding opportunities and arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.

The position will be supervised by the Intake Manager and Director of Pro Bono. Comprehensive training will be provided. 

How to apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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