Summer 2019 Legal Internship - Rising 2L or 3L

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States



The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) seeks law students to work as summer interns in our New York City office. In particular, IRAP seeks candidates who are interested in being part of both IRAP’s litigation department and direct services legal department and bridging the needs of both. The interns may have opportunities to collaborate with other departments including Policy and Communications. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing organization that makes an important impact on the lives of refugees and to start your career doing both direct services and impact litigation.

About IRAP

IRAP is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

IRAP directly represents the most vulnerable refugees and persecuted individuals, including: survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, interpreters and other U.S. allies targeted by local extremists, LGBTI individuals, persecuted religious minorities, and children with medical emergencies. In addition, IRAP has been at the forefront of challenging government policies that harm refugees and other vulnerable populations, including through challenges to the President’s Executive Orders banning immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, policies suspending certain refugee processing, and mass denial of refugee status to Iranian religious minorities. An overview of IRAP’s litigation docket is available here:


  • Participating in emergency response process for outreach and intakes when government policy changes result in urgent requests for assistance from IRAP
  • Conducting intake interviews, identifying client needs for direct services and litigation purposes, explaining litigation, and drafting affidavits for litigation
  • Conducting outreach to affected communities, preparing and disseminating know-your-rights materials, pro se documents, and participating in public education efforts
  • Conducting factual and legal research in support of ongoing or planned litigation
  • Participating in litigation efforts as appropriate, depending on level of experience, including preparing litigation documents and cite-checking
  • Supporting the direct representation of refugees or visa applicants by drafting memos, briefs, conducting fact-finding, and interviewing clients
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience and Qualifications

  • One year of law school must be completed before internship begins
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and comfort working with diverse and at-risk populations
  • Initiative to see projects through to completion and ability to multi-task
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Westlaw or LexisNexis
  • Fluency in oral and written English required; ability to speak Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Pashto, Kurdish, or Spanish is a plus
  • Strong interest in complex federal litigation, immigration law, human rights, and refugee processing


This is a full-time position and requires a 10-week commitment.


While internships are unpaid, IRAP is committed to working with students who are seeking credit and/or funding.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter describing your interest, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume; a short writing sample (no more than 10 pages); and a list of three references using the application form available here.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested students should apply as early as possible, and in any case by December 7 for rising 2Ls or 3Ls.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. IRAP encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.