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2020 Summer HIRC Internship Program

The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program at Harvard Law School (“HIRC”) is now accepting applications for its 2020 Summer Internship Program. HIRC, in partnership with Greater Boston Legal Services, is one of the oldest immigrants’ rights clinics in country. HIRC represents clients seeking immigration protection in administrative tribunals, pursues impact litigation seeking to advance immigrants’ rights, and engages with community-based organizations on policy advocacy strategies.

HIRC is seeking to hire both law student interns and undergraduate interns who are interested in working with HIRC faculty and staff on cases and projects. The internship is unpaid. There is some flexibility concerning start and end dates as well as both full-time and part-time positions. Interns are expected to commit to at least 10 weeks and the internship program will run between the end of April 2020 and the end of August 2020. Interns will work at HIRC’s Harvard Law School site located at 6 Everett Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Law student interns should indicate on their application whether they are interested in working with HIRC’s Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Clinic or HIRC’s Crimmigration Clinic. The Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Clinic primarily represents clients seeking different forms of humanitarian protection in the United States and the Crimmigration Clinic primarily works on issues concerning the intersection of criminal law and immigration law. Law student interns placed in either clinic can expect to work on a range cases and projects, including direct representation, appellate litigation, district court litigation, and policy advocacy.

Undergraduate interns will work with HIRC’s faculty and staff on administrative tasks and interpreting for clients and translating documents when appropriate. Undergraduate interns should indicate on their application whether they speak any languages other than English and their fluency level.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and contact information for two references to Jordana Arias at The deadline for submitting an application is February 21, 2020. Early applications are encouraged as offers will be made on a rolling basis.

Complete applications include the following:

A cover letter
A resume
2 references (could be academic and/or professional).
Writing sample (i.e. academic paper, blog post, article, etc.).
Language skills (if any, please explain your level of proficiency with speaking, reading, and writing).
Availability (start and end dates along with hours during the week if you were to be selected).

EEO Statement
The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program of Harvard Law School is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by the law.