Thank you for visiting our RAICES Internship page and for your interest in joining our team of lawyers, social workers, and advocates!
Here at RAICES, we believe in giving interns a worthwhile learning experience whilst collaborating and working with our dynamic staff. Whether you are assisting our staff in our offices, learning about the inner workings of Texas’ largest immigration legal services nonprofit, or out in the field assisting clients and community members, you are bound to learn more about NGO work, the US Immigration system, and be part of the fight for a better tomorrow.
Our interns meaningful contribution continue to aid in the organization’s success and assist thousands of individuals and families looking for services. Explore our intern opportunities below and see how you can create an impact through an internship with RAICES in one of our many departments. (Please note: We hire on a rolling basis so positions may close during the application process.)
Intern Scholarship Application:
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 student 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; 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 either fall, spring, or the summer semester. Please view internship positions for details on how to apply.
Summer 2020, Remote Legal Intern
“My time with RAICES this summer has given me opportunities that I never would have had otherwise. Even in the middle of a global pandemic, I was able to contribute directly to the life-changing work that RAICES does everyday. I learned more in my summer with RAICES than I ever would have imagined, and certainly more than would ever be possible in a classroom setting. The attorneys were eager to involve me in their cases and projects, and the overall environment of RAICES fostered a learning and growing experience. I am thankful for the opportunity to be involved with RAICES. The work the organization does is engaging, difficult, and ambitious. I am grateful that I was able to get involved and make real contributions while I am still in law school. The things that I learned and experienced will help me as I go into my own professional career.”
Fall 2020, Remote Litigation Intern
“Interning with the RAICES Litigation Team was a great opportunity to contribute to RAICES’s work supporting immigrants’ rights. During my internship I was able to participate in RAICES’ cases by drafting documents that were submitted to federal district courts and immigration courts. Through this experience, I learned more about the ongoing efforts to advance immigrants’ rights and made lasting connections that will help me continue to grow as a law student and future attorney.”
Fall 2020, Remote Legal Intern
“I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to intern at RAICES. Even though our internship program was not in person I was able to see and feel what it means to be a part of the RAICES team. Through my internship I was able to build on my research and drafting skills with one on one feedback from my supervising attorney. I also had the opportunity to coordinate with experts outside of RAICES and got to experience working on a case as a part of a team. My supervisor and the internship manager were amazing and tailored my internship experience to my specific interest. Overall, I had a very positive experience and highly recommend this internship to anyone seeking to be introduced to the world of immigration law. I was inspired by the work I saw and the sense of community I felt within RAICES. I cannot thank everyone enough for making my experience so worthwhile.”
RAICES Fall 2019 San Antonio Refugee Resettlement Intern
“This internship was beneficial to me in so many ways. Working with RAICES exposed me to the kind of positive, friendly, passionate working environment I want to be in. My work on the Refugee program allowed me to build my communication skills, independence and gave me a strong understanding of the process refugees must go through and the challenges they frequently face. I really enjoyed the flexibility to go support the Outreach team at high school presentation and the opportunity to work directly with clients. I had a great experience at RAICES and felt like part of a family early on. I’m inspired by the sense of community and passion for the work that everyone has there and would definitely recommend the internship to others.”
RAICES Fall 2019 Austin Community Outreach Intern
“My internship with RAICES allowed me to investigate the legal world before jumping into law school or non profit work. I enjoyed getting the opportunity to work closely with immigration issues and certainly learned more about the needs of the community we serve. I liked that I was easily incorporated into the office environment and that my co workers weren’t afraid to assign me tasks- even if I had never done them before!”
RAICES Spring 2019 Houston Multidisciplinary Intern
“I think that I enjoyed helping out in the social services department and doing a lot of practical tasks with that department. I also enjoyed the opportunity of going to San Antonio and doing activism. I appreciated the opportunity of doing legal research (country conditions) and translating documents. I really liked the working environment at the office and I am thankful for giving me the opportunity of being part of the RAICES family. Thank you for opening the doors and giving me the opportunity of working for you, overall I learned a lot and I accomplished some of the goals I had.”
To learn more about our internships, how to apply, or additional information, visit our Internship FAQs page.