Nearly 1,000 interns have participated in Ayuda’s highly respected internship and training program. Several have applied for jobs at Ayuda thereafter and joined our talented staff. Ayuda accepts undergraduate and graduate (including law and social work) students as interns. Ayuda internships are unpaid, but Ayuda is willing to assist the student in applying for externship/field placement credit and/or fellowships. All legal and social service interns have the opportunity to work directly with clients.

 

Ayuda internships tend to follow the school year calendar: fall semester, spring semester, and summer. Interns during the academic school year are generally required to work at least 16 hours per week, Monday–Friday, for 10–12 weeks. Summer interns are required to work 30–40 hours per week, Monday–Friday, for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Immigration Legal Program (DC Takoma, VA, and MD Offices)

 

Legal Internship:

Interns will be working directly with clients of various backgrounds, carrying active caseloads of preparing filings for US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Immigration Court under the supervision of experienced attorneys and BIA Accredited Representatives. Cases may also involve assisting attorneys in preparing custody, guardianship, or adoption filings in state courts for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications. Interns may also work with Ayuda’s Project END (Eradicating Notario Deceit/Eliminando Notarios Deshonestos), a project aimed at remedying the harm caused by notario or immigration consultant fraud through advice, counsel, and representation of victims. The work includes client communication, relevant research, translation, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing memos and briefs, drafting court motions and orders, advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies, attending USCIS interviews with clients as an interpreter, filing consumer complaints for victims of notario fraud, and assisting with civil litigation against businesses or individuals engaged in notario fraud.

Undergraduate Internship:

Please note that for undergraduate interns, their duties will be mainly administrative in nature but will also include opportunities to work on legal projects.

Internship Qualifications

  • Language Qualifications:
    • Legal Interns: Spanish proficiency required
    • Undergraduate Interns: Spanish proficiency strongly preferred
    • Proficiency means: speaking, oral comprehension, reading, and writing
    • Internship interviews will include a Spanish portion to evaluate proficiency
  • Previous experience in immigration, domestic violence, family law, or criminal law is helpful but not required.
  • Previous experience working with immigrant communities, victims of crime, and/or LGBTI community is highly desired.
  • Must work well independently and together with a team of attorneys, paralegals, and social service professionals.
  • Must be detail-oriented, well-organized, responsible, personable, and comfortable working with diverse populations from a variety of backgrounds.

Internship Dates

 

Start and end dates may be flexible – please apply even if your dates fall outside these ranges

  • Spring: January – April (at least 16 hours per week)
  • Summer: May – August (full-time for 10 weeks)
  • Fall: September – December (at least 16 hours per week)
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

 

How to Apply

Your application will not be reviewed if you do not follow the instructions below. Submit all applications via email to LegalInternships@ayuda.com. Please be sure to use one of the subject line options below in order to indicate your first choice of program and to ensure that your application is reviewed by the appropriate office. If you are interested in multiple programs, please indicate your secondary preferences in your cover letter ONLY.

  • Immigration Legal Internship DC Office
  • Immigration Legal Internship VA Office
  • Immigration Legal Internship MD Office

Applications must include a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please specify your desired start and end dates, availability during the week, and your preference for program and office location if interested in multiple programs.

Ayuda is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. It is Ayuda’s policy to be fair and impartial in all relations with employees and applicants for employment and to make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation, or any other categories protected by federal, state, or local law. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities.

Ayuda’s dedication to social justice means that all positions will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational, and vocational backgrounds.

No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and positions remain open until filled.

Positions may fill quickly, especially for the Summer session.  

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, and positions remain open until filled.

Domestic Violence/Family Law Legal Program Internships (DC Takoma & MD Offices)

 

Legal Internship:

The Domestic Violence/Family Law (DV/FL) legal intern will have significant contact with clients from a variety of cultures and will work directly with the attorneys and clients in helping to prepare cases. The DV/FL program represents clients in civil protection order (CPO) and domestic relations branch (DRB) cases (i.e. divorce, custody, and child support) as well as advocates for clients who are witnesses in criminal investigations and cases in DC. The DV/FL legal intern will perform tasks that include but are not limited to: conducting client intake interviews, accompanying clients to court as an advocate, drafting legal documents (i.e. complaints and motions), draft trial documents for attorneys (i.e. opening, direct examination, cross examination, closing), conducting legal research in complex CPO and DRB cases, translating documents in English and Spanish, and assisting the paralegal with pro se family law cases.

Undergraduate Internship:

Please note that for DV/FL undergraduate interns, their duties will be mainly administrative in nature but will also include opportunities to work on legal projects, such as: accompanying clients to court as an advocate, translating documents, conducting outreach to the community, administrative support for the team and assisting the paralegal with pro se family law cases.

Internship Qualifications

  • Language Qualifications:
    • Legal Interns: Spanish or Amharic proficiency required
    • Undergraduate Interns: Spanish or Amharic proficiency strongly preferred
    • Proficiency means: speaking, oral comprehension, reading, and writing
    • Internship interviews will include a Spanish portion to evaluate proficiency if applicant states Spanish proficiency
  • Previous experience in immigration, domestic violence, family law, or criminal law is helpful but not required.
  • Previous experience working with immigrant communities, victims of crime, and/or LGBTI community is highly desired.
  • Must work well independently and together with a team of attorneys, paralegals, and social service professionals.
  • Must be detail-oriented, well-organized, responsible, personable, and comfortable working with diverse populations from a variety of backgrounds.

Internship Dates

 

Start and end dates may be flexible – please apply even if your dates fall outside these ranges

  • Spring: January – April (at least 16 hours per week)
  • Summer: May – August (full-time for 10 weeks)
  • Fall: September – December (at least 16 hours per week)
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

How to Apply

Your application will not be reviewed if you do not follow the instructions below. Submit all applications via email to LegalInternships@ayuda.com. Please be sure to use one of the subject line options below in order to indicate your first choice of program and to ensure that your application is reviewed by the appropriate office. If you are interested in multiple programs, please indicate your secondary preferences in your cover letter ONLY.

  • Domestic Violence/Family Law Internship DC Office
  • Domestic Violence/Family Law Internship MD Office

Applications must include a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please specify your desired start and end dates, availability during the week, and your preference for program and office location if interested in multiple programs.

Ayuda is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. It is Ayuda’s policy to be fair and impartial in all relations with employees and applicants for employment and to make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation, or any other categories protected by federal, state, or local law. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities.

Ayuda’s dedication to social justice means that all positions will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational, and vocational backgrounds.

No phone calls please.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted and positions remain open until filled.

Ayuda’s DC and Virginia offices host bilingual post-graduate legal fellows to work with our legal services program. Ayuda encourages applicants for post-graduate fellowship funding to submit applications to Ayuda to act as their host organization. Start and end dates are flexible. Candidates must commit to working a minimum of three months. Ideal candidates will commit to working six months to a year.

 

Fellowship Proposals

Former fellowship proposals have ranged from particular areas of practice to general projects that involve assisting our legal team with the full range of our immigration practice. Ayuda has multiple areas of expertise and need. These include, but are not limited to, representing vulnerable youth, representing LGBTQ clients, representing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and representing survivors of human trafficking.

 

Examples of Post-Graduate Funding Received by Current and Former Ayuda Fellows

  • Equal Justice Works Fellowship
  • Skadden Fellowship
  • American University Washington College of Law JD Distinguished Fellowship
  • Yale Law School Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship
  • Michigan Law Bridge Fellowship
  • University of Miami School of Law Legal Corps Fellowship

 

Qualifications

  • Applicants must be bilingual (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing).
  • Admission or pending admission to a state bar is required.
  • Admission or pending admission to DC or Maryland bar is strongly preferred (for DC office fellowship).
  • Admission or pending admission to Virginia bar is strongly preferred (for VA office fellowship).
  • Previous relevant legal experience is preferred but not required.
  • Previous experience working with immigrant communities or with victims of violence is highly desired.

 

How to Apply

Please submit applications via email to Josh Doherty at josh@ayuda.com (for the DC office) or Madeline Taylor Diaz (VA) at madeline@ayuda.com (for the Virginia office).  Applications must include a resume, three references, and a detailed cover letter describing how you would contribute to Ayuda’s work. Please specify your desired start and end dates. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Administrative interns help maintain and grow Ayuda’s administrative teams, including the Intake Specialists in our three client-facing offices, the Operations team based in our downtown admin office, the Language Access team in our admin office, and the Development team also based in our admin office. Dedicated, well-qualified undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for our administrative internships, as well as non-students and graduate students.

Administrative Interns are hired to work in the summer, fall and spring season. To be considered for the summer internship season, applications should be submitted by April 30th. For the fall season, applications should be submitted by August 31st. For the spring season, applications should be submitted by November 30th.

Internship periods fall approximately alongside undergraduate semester dates. Summer internships run from the beginning of June until the beginning of August.

Ayuda offers three internship positions with the Intake Specialist team (one based in each office), one internship with the Operations team, one internship with the Development team and one internship with the Language Access team each season.

Please see the descriptions below:

Operations Intern

Our Operations intern partners with our Ops team at our downtown DC office on the business operations of the organization. Our Ops internship is an opportunity to delve into how the organization is run on the business side. Day to day, that means helping with internal communications, working with Ops on technology and systems improvement projects, gaining office management skills, and joining the team on hiring of new staff while learning aboutthe Human Resources world. It’s a great opportunity for someone who is interested in how a non-profit is organized and run. Both full- and part-time intern candidates are encouraged to apply.

Intake Specialist Intern – Takoma, DC

Our Intake Specialist intern is a bilingual English/Spanish position that willjoin Ayuda’s most veteran intake specialist in our busiest client office, supporting the team with scheduling new client consults for Ayuda’s immigration team as well as assisting that team on consult day, connecting walk-in clients with resources for domestic violence and sexual assault, connecting new clients potentially in need of social services, handling incoming calls and phone referrals, and supporting day to day office administration. Full- and part-time bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Intake Specialist Intern – Silver Spring, MD

Our Silver Spring Intake Specialist intern is a bilingual English/Spanish position that works with our Intake Specialist in our newly opened Maryland office. In addition to supporting intakes, office management and client phone calls, our intern in Silver Spring will have the opportunity to partner on outreach to Maryland immigrant communities and to fellow service providers. Part-time bilingual candidates (2-3 days per week) are a great fit for this position.

Intake Specialist Intern – Fairfax, VA

Our Intake Specialist intern in Fairfax, VA is a bilingual English/Spanish position. As with our DC and MD offices, or VA office is accessible by metro, and our intake specialist intern has a unique opportunity to both support our front-office operations and also work with our immigration legal team to support improvement projects. This intern supports the team with scheduling new client consults, handling incoming calls and phone referrals and connecting new clients potentially in need of social services . It’s an opportunity to dive deep into the diverse work of our Virginia office. . Full-time or nearly full time bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Development Intern

Our Development intern works with Ayuda’s Development team to support fundraising and communication work that underpins all of the different departments and programs at Ayuda. Day to day, the Development intern helps with donor database management, researches into new and current grants and foundations, tracks data and runs reports, creates content and posts to social media, assists in event planning and supporting the partnership with our Board and Advisory Council. It’s a great opportunity to work up-close with fundraising and external communications. Full- and part-time candidates are encouraged to apply.

Language Access Intern

Our Language Access intern joins our Language team in our downtown Washington, DC office and assists in conducting research on language access resources, communicating with the DC metropolitan area bilingual community on interpreter training opportunities, organizing social and networking events for interpreters and maintaining the Language Access Program’s online presence, program outreach, administrative tasks such as data entry and filing, and other tasks as assigned by program staff.

How to Apply:

For your application to be considered, please follow the requirements below.

Please submit all applications via e-mail to AdminInternships@ayuda.com. To ensure that your application reaches the right team, please indicate your interest in the subject line. For example: “Intake Specialist Internship”, “Operations Internship” or “Development Internship”.

Applications must include a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please describe your interest in the internship, and please specify your desired start and end dates, availability during the week, and your preference for program and office location if interested in multiple programs.

No phone calls please.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and positions remain open until filled.