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Internships & Volunteering

ILCM is grateful to the volunteers and interns who share their time and talents with our organization. These volunteers enable ILCM to expand our services in ways that would not otherwise be possible for a small nonprofit legal office.

If you are a student, formal internship arrangements, college credit, or work study can sometimes be arranged with your school.

Legal professionals looking to volunteer should visit the pro bono page.

 

Get involved:

Specific, ongoing volunteer and internship positions are listed below, but the list is not exhaustive. We also mobilize volunteers in our network on an as-needed basis. If you have unique language capacity, talents, or connections and want to get involved, please fill out this form to join our volunteer network, receive notifications about one-time volunteer opportunities, and get updates on new internship positions.

If you would like to receive Action Alerts or our newsletter, please see our Subscribe page. Our Facebook page is the best source of information about upcoming events.

 

Apply for an internship:

Applicants interested in specific positions should email a resume and cover letter to volunteer@ilcm.org, attn: Volunteer Coordinator. Some positions may have additional requirements such as references or writing samples. For more details, please contact the volunteer coordinator at (651) 641-1011.

Cover letters must address the following points:

  1. What is your interest in ILCM’s work?
  2. What contributions can you bring to the organization?
  3. Why do you believe that advocacy for immigrants is important?

 

Open Volunteer and Intern Positions

  • Pro Bono Project Intern

    Responsibilities

    - Provide Spanish interpretation for meetings and phone calls.
    - Conduct legal research and draft case summaries.
    - Assist with client outreach,program development, and event preparation.

    Requirements

    - Fluency in Spanish. See full post for details.

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    Open until filled.

  • Bilingual Volunteer - Austin, MN

    Responsibilities

    - Assist with operations of ILCM's nonprofit legal office in Austin.
    - Conduct screening for intake and eligibility.
    - Prepare case summaries.
    - Schedule consultations.

    Requirements

    - Fluent in English and one of these languages: Spanish, Mam, Quiche, Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Anuak, or Tigrinya. See full post for details.

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    Open until filled.

  • Detainee Assistance Program Legal Intern

    Responsibilities

    -Answering incoming calls and interviewing clients
    -Translating documents
    -Offer staff general office support
    -Assist in managerial projects, and event planning and preparation

    Requirements

    - Must be a college graduate. Law school student preferred. -Must be able to read, write, and speak both Spanish and English fluently. See full post for details.

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    Open until filled

  • Bilingual Office Administrative Volunteer

    Responsibilities

    -Answer and refer incoming calls.
    -Assist in managerial projects.
    -Offer staff general office support.

    Internship duties can be flexible, and efforts will be made to match the interests and skills of the intern to projects they find interesting and helpful to their studies.

    Requirements

    - Fluent in English and Spanish -See full post for details.

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    Open until filled

  • Bilingual Intake Volunteer

    Responsibilities

    The administrative volunteer will assist in the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit office. The volunteer will support the administrative team in the intake and eligibility screening of potential clients, the summary and evaluation of potential clients’ immigration cases to prepare lawyers for consultations, the scheduling of consultations through the office’s calendar system, and database entry of client information. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    -Answer and refer incoming calls.
    -Collect initial data of potential clients during new client intake.
    -Assist in managerial projects.
    -Offer staff general office support.

    Internship duties can be flexible, and efforts will be made to match the interests and skills of the intern to projects they find interesting and helpful to their studies.

    Requirements

    Volunteer position will be 3-15 hours per week depending on volunteer’s availability. Volunteers are expected to commit to 4 months at which time ILCM and the volunteer can discuss the possibility of extension. ILCM prioritizes long-term volunteers who gain skills and experience during their time at ILCM, enabling them to more fully contribute. Experience and Qualification Requirements -Fluent in English and one of these three languages: Spanish, Somali, Hmong. -Good organizational skills and interest in nonprofit administration. -Cross-cultural communication skills. -Must maintain confidentiality of client data.

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    Open until filled

  • Hmong Outreach and Legal Intern

    Responsibilities

    - Provide individual and family legal representation in immigration matters to clients, including refugee green card applications and U.S. citizenship applications.
    - Provide outreach and communication with the greater Hmong community.

    Requirements

    See position description.

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    Open until filled

  • Minnesota Children and Families Immigration Court Project: Legal Screening Internship

    Responsibilities

    Volunteer Legal interns are trained to conduct legal screenings, and then attend court with a supervising attorney from MMLA, AHR, or ILCM to screen interested individuals following their court hearings.

    Requirements

    Must be fully proficient in Spanish and must be available Thursday mornings and/or afternoons. See position description for a full list of requirements.

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    Open until filled.