NDS seeks to hire a legal intern to join the Immigration Defense Practice in Summer 2021. As part of NDS’ commitment to holistic representation, the Immigration Defense Practice defends Northern Manhattan residents facing removal due to contact with the criminal legal system. In addition to representing clients in removal proceedings, the Immigration Defense Practice advises attorneys in our Criminal Defense Practice on the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. The practice also represents clients in a number of affirmative applications such naturalization, adjustment of status, work permit applications, and more, primarily for clients with criminal history. The legal intern will be involved in client intake, legal research on questions of criminal/immigration law and direct client representation in removal proceedings and affirmative applications.


NDS is looking for law student interns with a demonstrated commitment to immigration defense and social justice issues. In addition, the internship requires energy, enthusiasm, a commitment to excellence and an unwavering commitment to clients. Preferred qualifications:

  • Have completed at least 1 year of relevant legal education;
  • Have completed immigration coursework, clinical experience or internship;
  • Foreign language fluency, especially Spanish.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume as one PDF with the subject line, “Intern, Immigration Defense Practice” to: eponder@ndsny.org  We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis. For more information about NDS, please visit our website at www.ndsny.org.