Al Otro Lado Winter 2022 Internship Announcement
If you are interested in combating white supremacy and the structural racism of our immigration system by working in solidarity with refugees at the US-México border, you’ve come to the right place. If you would like to learn what it means to approach this work from an abolitionist #burnitalldown perspective, Al Otro Lado is the organization for you. Through our Border Rights Project, Al Otro Lado continues to provide legal orientation and advocacy to asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico and border-wide through an almost entirely remote service delivery model and we have internship opportunities available!
Internship assignments and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:
- Conducting legal intakes
- Screening clients for eligibility for relief
- Preparing humanitarian parole documents
- Communication with sponsors to gather case documents
- Drafting motions and briefs
- Contacting clients to confirm appointments and updates
- Special projects related to impact litigation and advocacy before international human rights monitoring bodies.
- Assisting with coordination of translation of evidence
- Interpreting for client appointments
- Other administrative duties
All training will be provided remotely by Al Otro Lado and incorporated into the internship.
Our Winter 2022 Internship runs for a total of 6 weeks, January 10th through February 18th, and requires 15-20 hours per week. Full-time (30-40 hour/week) internships are also available and those interested are strongly encouraged to apply! Though the internship is remote, interns will be working with a West Coast organization and we prefer that the majority of interns’ work hours are between 9am and 5pm PST, Monday through Friday, in order to facilitate regular meetings with supervisors and teammates. Furthermore, interns must be able to offer availability in no less than 4-hour time blocks.
Internship opportunities with Al Otro Lado are open to undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and law students, as well as members of the community who are looking to become more involved in the field of immigration and human rights. Al Otro Lado is looking for hard-working individuals with a commitment to social justice. Applicants should be self-directed, highly organized, flexible, and able to work under the inevitable pressure of working within a violently racist immigration system designed to erode the rights of immigrants. Fluency in Spanish and/or Haitian Creole is strongly preferred.
Al Otro Lado values diversity in the workplace, and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, formerly incarcerated individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities, including undocumented persons, indigenous communities, and single-parents.
If you are passionate about immigrants’ rights and feel you would be a strong candidate, but are concerned with the exact timing of the internship, please do not hesitate to apply; some flexibility in dates is possible and can be discussed via email or in an interview.
The deadline to submit applications is December 1st at midnight pacific. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so get them in as soon as possible!
If you are interested in supporting asylum seekers at the southern border and in immigration detention, please email your resume and a letter of interest to our Volunteer and Intern Coordinator, Lily Kurtz, at firstname.lastname@example.org and please include any questions you may have.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
The Al Otro Lado Team