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Undergrad Intern - Summer 2020
KIND (Internships) | Roseland, New Jersey
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Summer Internship (Full Time, Non-Law Student)

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Newark Office

Summer 2020

About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every childs rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided nearly 18,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and legal staff and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KINDs social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children who have often endured trauma receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

About the position: KINDs Newark office is seeking an intern to assist KINDs Newark office with in-house (direct) and pro bono (volunteer) legal representation of unaccompanied children. Duties may include:

* Legal Screening: Assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied minor children, conduct communication with child clients, adult sponsors, and other agencies.
* Research: Research country conditions and psycho-social services to support case work and clients.
* Interpretation and Translation: Assist KIND attorneys in interpretation at client meetings as well as USCIS interviews; perform translation assignments for a variety of documents related to client work.
* Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals and communicate with clients.
* Office administration: Assist with various ad-hoc assignments related to managing and organizing an office in a nonprofit setting.


* Enrolled or graduated from accredited undergraduate program.
* Strong writing skills and attention to detail.
* Experience and interest in working with children, immigrant communities and/or victims of trauma preferred.
* Professional fluency in Spanish required.
* Ability to commit to five days per week for twelve weeks of interning preferred; minimum commitment of eleven weeks required. Summer interns may be offered the option of telecommuting one day a week, subject to supervisor approval.

KINDs Newark office is located in Roseland, New Jersey. The office is accessible via public transportation, though access by car is generally easiest. This internship is unpaid.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter through the jobs/internships section of the KIND website at