DVP Summer Intern

CLINIC’s Defending Vulnerable Populations Program Summer Internship Program-Must be fluent in Spanish

What is the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)?

Embracing the Gospel value of welcoming the stranger, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protected the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs. Founded in 1988, CLINIC has been on the cutting edge of training nonprofit immigration legal service providers to provide affordable, quality legal representation to immigrants. CLINIC’s network, originally comprised of 17 programs has now increased to close to 400 diocesan and community-based programs in almost every state and the District of Columbia. The network employs roughly 2,300 people who, in turn, serve over 400,000 low-income immigrants each year. CLINIC and its affiliate agencies represent low-income immigrants without regard for their race, religion, gender, ethnic group, sexual orientation or gender identity, or other distinguishing characteristics. For more information on CLINIC’s work, visit www.cliniclegal.org.

What is the Defending Vulnerable Populations Program (DVP)?

As it has throughout its history, CLINIC continues to respond adeptly to rapid changes in the world of immigration law and policy. In January 2017, CLINIC launched the DVP Program in response to growing anti-immigrant measures that hurt immigrants. Changes in federal policies since January 2017 have included: targeting millions of immigrants for deportation by ending or limiting avenues to a legal status; separating children from their asylum-seeking parents at the border; barring people from certain majority-Muslim countries; slashing the number of refugees admitted to the United States; forcing asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while they apply for protection; eroding due process in immigration court proceedings, and much more.

The DVP Program’s areas of expertise include removal defense, appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), petitions for review before the U.S. courts of appeals, asylum, Special Immigration Juvenile Status, unaccompanied children, consequences of criminal conduct on immigration status analysis, trial skills, and legal writing.

The DVP Program has the following objectives (examples of each objective included as well):

Internship Details

The DVP Program interns will support these objectives. The DVP Program interns will have the opportunity to cultivate a number of valuable skills, including honing advocacy skills, declaration drafting, and legal research, analysis, and writing. Spanish proficiency is required.

Interns must have their own funding or receive law school credit. The DVP Program is happy to assist with any necessary paperwork for funding or law school credits.

The DVP Program interns will work remotely or, safety precautions permitting, from our Silver Spring, Maryland headquarters office.

How do I apply for CLINIC’s DVP Summer Internship Program?

If interested, please email a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the position, résumé, a legal or non-legal writing sample (approximately 10 pages), and list of three references to mmendez@cliniclegal.org with the subject line “DVP Summer Internship.” We will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.

Closing Date

Employment Type


Employment Level



Part Time

Reports To

Michelle Mendez


DVP Summer Intern 2021


Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Job Location

8757 Georgia Ave
STE 850
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States