Law Student & Undergraduate Immigration Policy & Advocacy Summer Internships Available

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, Full time, 35 hours per week for 10 weeks 

Areas of Concentration: Law, Youth Development, Children’s Rights, Immigration, Public Policy, Legislative Advocacy, Strategic Litigation, and Youth Organizing


The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 11,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

The Door’s Legal Services Center (LSC) is an office of nearly 50 attorneys, support staff, and social workers. We specialize in serving vulnerable youth, including those who are homeless, undocumented, and/or LGBTQ. The LSC seeks a Summer 2022 Legal and Undergraduate Intern who will collaborate directly with the Managing Attorney for Policy and Special Projects to contribute to The Door’s growing policy advocacy work. Law students will also have the opportunity to participate in the direct representation of clients in complex humanitarian immigration matters. The Interns will work closely with the Managing Attorney to hold the government accountable for violating the rights of immigrant youth and to push for comprehensive immigration reform. Areas of policy advocacy work include assisting with strategic litigation; federal, state and local legislative and budget advocacy; public education; legal and policy research; youth organizing; coalition building and social media campaigns. The interns will work heavily with the End SIJS Backlog Coalition, a national coalition of impacted youth and over 70 allied organizations working to end the Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Backlog.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Door’s Legal Services Center’s Summer 2022 Legal Internship Program is expected to operate entirely remotely with the possibility for limited in-person office visits if feasible.

Areas of Concentration: Law, Youth Development, Children’s Rights, Immigration, Public Policy, Legislative Advocacy, Strategic Litigation, and Youth Organizing


  • Perform legal research
  • Contribute to qualitative research, documenting the direct impacts of harmful immigration policy on SIJS applicants
  • Draft policy memos and comments to proposed rules for publication in the Federal Register
  • Participate in the development of strategic litigation and advocacy projects
  • Join meetings with elected officials to advocate for policy changes
  • Craft social media campaigns
  • Assist in the organization of public policy forums and conferences
  • Support the development of the youth organizing arm of the End SIJS Backlog Coalition
  • Interview clients
  • Draft correspondence, affidavits and motions
  • Prepare immigration applications
  • Advocate with government agencies


  • Experience in the policy/advocacy space and/or a well-articulated desire to contribute to structural change in the area of immigration policy
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Experience working with adolescents and/or clients in crisis is valued but not required
  • Proficiency in Spanish is preferred
  • Must be a current law student (1L, 2L, 3L), recent law school graduate or undergraduate with youth organizing or policy advocacy experience

Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, Full time, 35 hours per week for 10 weeks

Compensation/Salary: Partial funding is available through our partners at Foster Pride for students who do not have access to external funding and who would not be able to participate in an unfunded summer internship. This funding is generously made available in recognition of the way the SIJS backlog impacts immigrant youth in foster care, and the efforts of the coalition to end the SIJS backlog.

Application Instructions: To apply for this position please describe your interest and/or experience in policy advocacy work, immigration issues and any relevant skills.

For law students, please also send a brief writing sample.

Undergraduate and law student applicants please send an example of an Instagram or Twitter post related to a current immigration policy issue that reflects your opinion and voice on the issue (you can create this for the application, it does not have to be something you will post).

In order to be considered, interested applicants should attach all documents along with their resume when applying.

Contact: Submit resume, writing sample, Instagram or Twitter sample post to: APPLY



The Door and Broome Street Academy follow the CDC and NYS recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Door and Broome Street Academy are now requiring all new hires to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have a qualified exemption.

 We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to our organization. We are an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.