Policy Intern

Remote | Advocacy | 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: Your start and end dates will be discussed with your interviewer and/or supervisor. Interviews will be conducted via phone or Google Hangouts. 

 Location:  Due to Covid19 this position will be remote

Schedule: 15-30hrs per week

Concentration: Policy

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: 

RAICES' Policy team works to develop and execute impactful and comprehensive government relations and strategy at the federal and state levels. The Policy team seeks to raise client and constituent stories and experiences to lawmakers to influence legislative, executive, and administration actions and seek systemic change for impacted populations.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct research to support potential legislation at the state and federal levels;
  • Collect and analyze data;
  • Assist with drafting reports and submissions;
  • Monitor and analyze proposed legislation to determine its impact;
  • Contribute to strategy intended to raise client stories and seek support from elected officials;
  • Draft FOIA requests and other requests for information;
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be a currently enrolled college student;
  • Demonstrated interest in immigrant rights and in working with non-profit organizations a plus;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Experience with managing data and statistics a plus.

Additional Comments:

By interning with RAICES' Advocacy Department you will gain a 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 a 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

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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.