CARECEN SF Legal Internship - Immigration Law (Summer 2019)

Hours per week

40 hours per week



Start Date


End Date



3101 Mission Street, Ste. 101
San Francisco
United States


CARECEN SF empowers and responds to the needs, rights and aspirations of Latino, immigrant, and under-resourced families in the San Francisco Bay Area — building leadership to pursue self-determination and justice.

Rooted in its cultural strengths and inspired by the Central American justice struggles, CARECEN SF envisions our diverse immigrant community as thriving, where families prosper, build effective community institutions, and participate confidently in civic life.

CARECEN SF’s founders were active in the resistance movement that arose in El Salvador in the 1970s to fight against the grave political and economic injustices that characterized the country.

They were ultimately forced to flee El Salvador during the civil war and established CARECEN in San Francisco in 1986 to address the needs of Salvadorans and other Central Americans who fled the region amid civil war, political repression, and counter-insurgencies of the 1980s.

CARECEN SF’s Immigration Legal Program serves more than 5,000 low-income immigrants each year, providing a combination of pro-bono and low-cost legal services. By helping to adjust immigration status for all who are eligible, our work positively impacts the community we serve, increasing economic self-sufficiency and leveling the field for a successful and healthy integration into this country.

Summer Internship Description

CARECEN SF invites law students to apply for an internship in our legal program. The intern’s work will focus on immigration law, and will consist of both direct services and advocacy. Our attorneys and interns work on a wide range of cases, including asylum, bond, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS), U Visas, temporary protected status (TPS), VAWA, Naturalization and Citizenship, family petitions, and consular processing. The intern reports directly to the Immigration Legal Program Director.

Primary Duties

  • Perform legal and factual research and assist lawyers with cases before Immigration Court and USCIS.
  • Review and process applications for immigration relief.
  • Advocate for clients’ immigration rights and act as liaison for legal-rights promotion among immigrant community organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Staff Attorneys and the Legal Program Coordinator.


  • A commitment to immigrant rights, public interest law, and human rights.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Ability to effectively work and communicate with diverse groups of individuals, including representatives of government, foundations, and grassroots organizations.
  • Written and verbal fluency in Spanish and English.

How To Apply

Please submit cover letter, resume, and short writing sample by email.