SEU Exclusive Internship: RAICES Legal Intern
Posting: Legal Department Intern (RCIS)
Positions Available: 1 for academic year
Pay Range: $15/hr – limited to 150 hours per semester; 300 hours total
The Community Immigration Services Program at RAICES (RCIS), is the founding component of the organization. We are entrusted to serve the legal and educational needs of the immigrant communities we serve. Our program was founded in San Antonio to serve the needs of displaced individuals escaping the horrors of civil wars raging throughout Central American countries in the 1980s. Today, with offices serving the immigrant needs in San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding counties, we continue to be true to our founding principle. We assist individuals resettling in the United States as refugees, individuals seeking protection in the United States because of horrendous and life-threatening conditions in their home countries, victims of crime, individuals seeking family reunification, United States citizenship, children who came to the United States at a young age who need permission to work, among others. We continuously engage the community in providing resources and information to keep them up to date with ongoing changes and understand their legal rights, empowering them to protect themselves, their families, and community members.
The purpose of RCIS is to provide accessible and timely legal services designed to fit the specific needs of communities, through direct consultation with attorneys at our office without previous appointment, through legal clinics specializing in different issues, or through information workshops.
Through this practicum, you will support RAICES’ staff to serve a greater number of clients by assisting in various aspects of the legal process.
- Complete intake surveys with clients;
- Speak with clients and assisting attorneys in interviews;
- Assist attorneys with paperwork;
- Assist with legal clinics;
- Conduct legal research;
- Conduct data processing, cleaning, and entry;
- Assist attorneys with various legal processes;
- Assist attorneys and paralegals with completing intakes and follow up appointments with clients;
- Draft legal documents;
- Assist with translations;
- Assist in organizing files;
- Other project-related tasks.
- Must be a currently enrolled undergrad/law student;
- Spanish language highly preferred;
- Attention to detail;
- Strong preference for experience working in law;
- Interest in serving the community, law practice, and in human rights;
- Background working with diverse populations preferred;
- Background working with children and trauma survivors preferred;
- Background in Political Science, International Studies, Public Policy, Pre-law, Humanities, Education, Spanish, etc. preferred;
- Adaptable to a fast-paced environment;
- Flexible schedule to be present at events outside of traditional work hours;
- Able to handle sensitive and extremely confidential information professionally and empathetically;
- Quick learner with strong critical thinking skills.
Founded in 1987 at the Refugee Assistance Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio and staff based in Houston and Washington, D.C., RAICES is a front line organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 110 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. In 2016, RAICES staff closed 43,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve everyday as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.