Bond Program Internship

San Antonio, Texas, United States | RAICES Bond Program | Part-time | COVID-19 remote

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RAICES – Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

Summer 2021 Internship, 10-week commitment (PLEASE SPECIFY SEMESTER ON APPLICATION)

Location: RAICES Kentucky House; 802 Kentucky Ave., San Antonio, TX 78201 with travel to nearby detention centers, ICE offices, and other close by locations.

Schedule: 15-30hrs per week; Flexible, office opens 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday; opportunities for out-of-office hours and weekends available.

Concentration: Legal, Outreach, Advocacy, Case Management, Immigration Detention, Post Release

Interviews will be conducted via phone or Google Hangouts. 

*Applications submitted without cover letters will not be considered.

Apply for the RAICES Intern Scholarship below

 

Founded in 1987, RAICES is the largest non-profit immigration organization in Texas with offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio and staff in Houston, Washington, D.C., and many other locations around Texas. Since 1986, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) has assisted vulnerable members of the immigrant community - including asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, immigrant detainees, and survivors of torture ­ to navigate the United States immigration court system by helping them to better understand their rights and responsibilities in that process.  With the mission to promote justice by providing free and low-cost immigration legal services to underserved children, families, and refugees in Central and South Texas, RAICES has grown from a San Antonio based organization to one that serves clients all over Texas. RAICES current, major ongoing activities include the legal representation of unaccompanied children, families and adults seeking assistance with their immigration case; emergency shelter and referral services for such individuals who have been released from detention; and working with local communities to increase their capacity to be welcoming and to prepare for any executive actions or immigration reforms.

During this past year, state and federal administrations have been implementing outrageous immigration policies that target different populations of immigrants. These executive actions and anti-immigrant legislations are typically misconstrued by media, often spreading fear and hopelessness, leaving people misinformed and oftentimes, terrified. In this fast-paced, current political atmosphere of constant changes in immigration law, we believe it is crucial to prioritize that affected communities be empowered to fight back, organize and defend themselves while being well informed of the current political situation and their rights.

OVERVIEW:

As an anti-detention bond fund, the RAICES Bond Program seeks to build power and knowledge within the people the Fund is freeing from immigrant detention. By building closer connections with participants in the program (bondees), the Program gives people a wider array of resources with which to find success in the immigration courts and US society, more broadly. The Bond Program intern will work with Bond Program staff to support RAICES bondees pre-and post-release.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Pre-release intake and Know-Your-Rights with RAICES bondees in local detention centers (mainly South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall, TX);
  • Post-release case support, in-person and telephonic;
  • Thorough notetaking and documentation of case patterns;
  • Participate in weekly meetings with Bond Program staff;
  • Limited data entry and analysis.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a currently enrolled college/graduate student;
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required;
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality;
  • Must be able to meet deadlines;
  • May require driving no more than 90 minutes to detention centers in south Texas;
  • May require paying bonds at the San Antonio bond office;
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law program;

Additional Comments:

By interning with the RAICES Bond Program you will gain broad knowledge of the different components encompassing immigration law, be at the forefront of the fight for a fair immigration system and good governance, gain experience in management, operations, logistics and community organizing, have networking opportunities with other members of partner organizations, and develop leadership and personal development skills.

Intern Scholarship Application

Deadline: May 31, 2021

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) Intern Scholarship provides funding for individuals who are devoted to our mission of promoting justice. Our interns know RAICES is a place where passion meets action and they have a goal of using their voice to make an impact on a global level. In order to make this goal, a reality RAICES has created an intern scholarship. 

This scholarship is meant to provide some financial support while interns work in an educational and dynamic environment. We at RAICES understand the financial challenges that can occur while seeking out an internship and strive to support our Intern Familia as much as we can.  

This scholarship is a one-time awarded amount of $4,000; applicants applying for the competitive intern scholarship must be accepted into the program, commit, and be onboarded for a 10- consecutive week internship with RAICES for the summer 2021 semester. The intern is responsible for a maximum of 40 hours per week and applications will only be considered once the student has been accepted into the RAICES Internship Program. Payments are distributed in two payouts during the time of the internship. 

To be considered applicants must meet/submit the following criteria:

  • Applicants should have completed their first year of university/ law school (1L) by the start of their internship and must be a currently enrolled student;
  • Interns interested must submit the application and essay;
  • In order for RAICES to complete this transaction, the recipient MUST have the following: a Social Security Number or an EIN Number. Also, please keep in mind these funds may be subject to taxes and you will receive 1099 through RAICES at the end of the year

RAICES essay prompts: Please select one of the following prompts and write a 1-2 page essay (double spaced).

  • Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your desire to become an intern with RAICES and your future goals.
  • Why are you a good candidate to receive the RAICES Intern Scholarship?
  • Pick an experience from your own life and explain how it has influenced your development and has influenced you to apply for the RAICES Internship Program.

Intern Scholarship Application

First Name: 



Last Name:



Email:



School/University you currently attend:



Graduation year:



What is your current undergraduate major?



What is your focus in law school? (if applicable)



Are you receiving any outside funding for this internship and if so what amount?


Application checklist:

◻️ RAICES Internship Scholarship application;

◻️ Essay (1- 2 page) utilize RAICES essay prompts;

◻️ The essay prompt selected is clearly stated at the top of the essay;

◻️ Submit essay and application with completed internship application;

◻️ Agree to submit all items below 

During/upon completion of the internship, the intern must submit the following:

  • A written testimonial describing your experience at RAICES, which can be used on social media/RAICES Internship website page etc.
  • Provide bi-weekly updates via SLACK/Zoom to fellow interns on the progress of the internship
  • 4-6 images from the internship (if applicable) that can be used on social media/RAICES Internship website page
  • Submit all items to the Internship Manager

RAICES is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.