Externs, Interns, and Fellows


IRAP is currently accepting applications for the following positions. Please review each description for specific details on how to apply. Full-time employment positions can be found on this page. Independent contractor & consulting positions can be found on this page.

Nierenberg Fellowship, Litigation

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The Nierenberg International Refugee Assistance Project Fellowship was established in 2018 by David Nierenberg, Yale Law School ’78, and his wife, Patricia. Their support for the fellowship originates from their strong family interest to help displaced persons, honor ancestry, and serve as a reminder to our nation about the sanctity of human rights.

This fellowship funds a one-year position, beginning in September 2020, in IRAP’s Litigation Department.

Description
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multinational corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

This fellowship funds a one-year position, beginning in September 2020, in IRAP’s Litigation Department. IRAP’s Litigation Department has been at the forefront of challenging government policies that harm refugees and other vulnerable populations, including through challenges to the President’s Executive Orders banning immigration from certain Muslim-majority countries, policies suspending certain refugee processing, and mass denial of refugee status to Iranian religious minorities. More information about the Litigation Department’s work is available here.

Eligibility
Graduates of any ABA accredited law school are eligible to apply. The fellowship is open to current 3Ls and attorneys who have graduated within the last three years. Applicants must be a member of any bar or eligible to sit for the bar prior to the start of the fellowship.

Pay and Other Benefits
The stipend for the position is $47,500 for the year, and will be supplemented by the International Refugee Assistance Project for a total of $58,500. IRAP offers excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Application Instructions
Applications will be accepted from January 6 through March 16, 2020. Interested candidates should complete the online application available here with the following information:

  • Name, email, law school, degree, and year of graduation or expected year of graduation.
  • A personal statement of interest no longer than 1,000 words:
    • describing the applicant’s experiences with and commitment to working on behalf of refugees and displaced people
    • explaining why the applicant wishes to work at IRAP specifically;
    • explaining why the applicant wishes to work in IRAP’s Litigation Department and any prior experiences with civil litigation; and
    • describing how the fellowship would help to achieve the applicant’s long-term goals
  • Up to three letters of recommendation, preferably including at least one from a legal employer or supervisor, and one from a clinical or academic professor.
    • An unofficial transcript.
    • A resume.
    • A writing sample of no more than 10 pages.

Questions
For further information, please contact Norma D’Apolito, Director of Public Interest, at norma.dapolito@yale.edu or (203) 436-2580. Decisions are expected by early April.

Legal Summer Internship - Beirut, Lebanon

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About IRAP
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multinational corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s legal department includes over 25 staff who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

The IRAP Lebanon Office is located in the capital city of Beirut. Our team consists of a Program and Operations Director, Office and Accounts Manager, two Staff Attorneys, and a Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator. The Lebanon Office also hosts two Intake & Legal Information Caseworkers, our Middle East Field Director, our Complementary Pathways Director, and our Data Director. Our work is centered on providing remote and in-person legal assistance with refugee resettlement and family reunification through United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) referrals, the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), and relocation through alternative pathways.

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking two law students for Summer 2020 internships. Legal interns will work at IRAP’s field office in Beirut under the supervision of our team of attorneys. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in refugees, human rights, and/or refugee, immigration, and international law to make a difference in the lives of those at risk.

Responsibilities

  • Conducting intake interviews with refugees to determine needs and refugee claims
  • Drafting legal briefs and memos in support of at-risk and vulnerable refugee cases
  • Preparing evidence for cases submitted to UNHCR and directly to governments
  • Researching law and global country and human rights conditions to reinforce clients’ legal claims
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Pursuing a degree in law
  • Interest in refugee law and/or refugee resettlement processing, human rights, and international law
  • Fluency in oral and written English required
  • Fluency in oral Arabic required
  • Highly organized and motivated, able to multitask, manage a high volume workload, and have excellent time management skills
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here. Review will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Note: While internships are unpaid, IRAP is committed to working with students who are seeking credit and/or funding. Students must be able to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Legal Summer Internship - Amman, Jordan

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About IRAP
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multinational corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s legal department includes over 25 staff who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

The IRAP Jordan Office is located in the capital city of Amman. Our team consists of a Program and Operations Director, Program and Operations Assistant, two Staff Attorneys, and two Caseworkers. Our work is centered on providing remote and in-person legal assistance with refugee resettlement and family reunification through United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) referrals, the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), and relocation through alternative pathways.

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking several law students for Summer 2020 internships. Legal interns will work at IRAP’s field office in Amman under the supervision of our team of attorneys. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in refugees, human rights, and/or refugee, immigration, and international law to make a difference in the lives of those at risk.

Responsibilities

  • Conducting intake interviews with refugees to determine needs and refugee claims
  • Drafting legal briefs and memos in support of at-risk and vulnerable refugee cases
  • Preparing affidavits and other evidence for cases submitted to UNHCR and directly to governments
  • Researching law and global country and human rights conditions to reinforce clients’ legal claims
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Pursuing a degree in law
  • Interest in refugee law and/or refugee resettlement processing, human rights, and international law
  • Fluency in oral and written English required; ability to speak Arabic is preferred
  • Highly organized and motivated, able to multitask, manage a high volume workload, and have excellent time management skills
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here. Review will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Note: While internships are unpaid, IRAP is committed to working with students who are seeking credit and/or funding. Students must be able to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks in the summer.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Externship (Academic year), Direct Legal Services

A webpage containing only this specific position is here.

Opportunity

IRAP seeks to sponsor law students who are participating in formal externship programs through their law schools to extern at IRAP for a minimum of three months in our New York City office. IRAP will consider full-time or part-time externships. Supplementary financial aid may be available. Legal externs will primarily be supervised by attorneys within IRAP’s Legal department, which provides direct legal assistance to refugees and visa applicants located overseas. Externs may have the opportunity to collaborate with multiple other departments including Policy, Communications, and Operations. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing agency that makes an important impact on the lives of refugees.

Possible Responsibilities:

IRAP is willing to discuss adapting responsibilities to fit the requirements of specific externship programs.

  • Conducting intake interviews with refugees to determine needs and refugee claims, and drafting intake reports as part of IRAP’s case screening process
  • Drafting legal briefs and memos in support of at-risk and vulnerable refugee cases submitted to the U.S. government or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Preparing affidavits and other evidence to reinforce claims
  • Researching refugee law or human rights country conditions
  • Researching refugee sponsorship and related programs as part of IRAP’s Alternative Pathways work
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and pursuing an advanced degree in law
  • Interest in refugee law and/or processing, human rights, and international law
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, and have excellent time management skills
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment
  • Fluency in oral and written English; ability to speak other languages is a plus
  • Microsoft Suite required

IRAP welcomes applications from diverse candidates. This is an unpaid externship, although need-based supplementary financial aid may be available.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here. We will review applications on a rolling basis.