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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

  • Bilingual Volunteer - Worthington, MN

    Responsibilities

    The volunteer will assist in the day-to-day operations of a non-profit legal office located in Austin, MN. Under the supervision of a staff attorney, the volunteer will support the office in the intake and eligibility screening of potential clients over the phone, 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.

    Requirements

    - Fluent in a language in addition to English. - Good organizational skills and interest in nonprofit administration. - Must possess cross-cultural communication and interpersonal skills.

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    Open until filled.

  • Somali 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 Somali community.

    Requirements

    - Received or pursuing an undergraduate degree. - Fluency in Somali and English. - Prior experience in immigrant/refugee matters and communities. - Strong communication skills.

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    Open until filled.

  • Bilingual Executive Assistant Volunteer

    Responsibilities

    The volunteer will assist the Executive Director in his daily administrative, education, and advocacy work. The Executive Assistant Volunteer will serve as the point of contact and direct assistant for outreach efforts, and will assist with press, board of directors, and staff relations.

    Requirements

    - Fluent in English and Spanish - Interest in nonprofit administration. - Cross cultural communication skills.

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    Open until filled.

  • Gift Processing and Database Management Volunteer

    Responsibilities

    - Performs gift entry for all contributed revenue
    - Develops and produces accurate and timely gift acknowledgments and pledge reminders
    - Helps ensure the accuracy and integrity of all donor data files in the database
    - Pulls lists, creates spreadsheets and assists with direct mail campaigns
    - Other duties as needed or assigned

    Requirements

    - Two years experience in database management, gift processing, accounting, data entry, or similar work. See full position description for all requirements.

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    Open until filled.

  • 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. Position is for fall 2017 semester.

  • 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. Position is for fall 2017 semester.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Development Intern

    Responsibilities

    - Funder prospecting
    - Donor communications
    - Proposal preparation
    - Research for reporting purposes
    - Development database support
    - Event planning

    Requirements

    Strong verbal and written communication skills. See position description for full requirements.

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    Open until filled.

  • Evaluation Specialist Volunteer

    Responsibilities

    - Maintain ILCM's legal program evaluation tools
    - Support ILCM's education program evaluation tools
    - Implement client post-surveys
    - Prepare and analyze reports

    Requirements

    See position description for preferred qualifications.

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    Open until filled.