Legal Internship – Summer 2020

Free Migration Project is looking for a summer law student intern to help us challenge the immigration system on the personal and systemic levels, working in collaboration with lawyers, immigrant organizers, and grassroots groups. The intern will assist with current client deportation defense cases, including legal research and writing, client interviews, and possible attendance in court; provide campaign support, including engaging with community organizers and elected officials; and assist with public education and outreach to promote open migration policies.

In summer 2019, our summer legal intern’s work included:

  • researching and drafting legal memorandums for cancellation of removal, asylum, and labor trafficking visa cases,
  • attending hearings in Immigration Court,
  • researching legal issues relating to the Shut Down Berks campaign, and
  • helping organize a legal education seminar at the Open Borders Conference.

Free Migration Project is a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that represents immigrant clients, advocates for fair and open immigration laws, provides legal support and training to organizers and attorneys, and engages in impact litigation. Free Migration Project promotes the recognition of migration as a basic human right. Free Migration Project’s recent work includes supporting the Shut Down Berks campaign to end detention of immigrant families in Pennsylvania, fighting egregious civil fines levied by ICE against immigrant rights leaders living in Sanctuary churches, co-organizing the annual Open Borders Conference, and representing families in Sanctuary in Philadelphia.

The position is unpaid and anticipated to last 10-12 weeks, from early June to mid-August (with some flexibility around dates). Some background in immigration law or advocacy is preferred, as is Spanish fluency.

Please email the following items in pdf format to david.bennion at

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Law school transcript (unofficial or official)
  • Writing sample
  • List of two references