Volunteering with MIA is a rewarding way to serve immigrant families in the Mid-South while learning about our complex immigration system. Specific assignments depend on experience and interest, but volunteer and intern responsibilities typically involve the following:
- Assist attorneys in opening, closing, and maintaining files as needed, including filing.
- Assist in client interviews with interpretation or other assistance as needed.
- Conduct legal or country conditions research under supervision of staff attorneys.
- Update and maintain list of social services for major regions of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
- Complete data sheets with sponsors at Legal Orientation Program for Custodian presentations at the Memphis Immigration Court; assist with changes of address and refer to social services.
- Complete immigration forms or applications under supervision of staff attorneys.
- Attend court hearings for observation.
- Participate in outreach/community events with staff.
All volunteers and interns are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
MIA generally offers internships to 1 – 2 college students per semester. Applicants must have completed at least one full year of college coursework. No specific experience is required; basic computer skills are mandatory and Spanish language fluency is preferred. All internships are unpaid, and scheduling is flexible, including weekly hours and internship start/end dates. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 15, 2017
Selections will be made by November 15, 2017.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 15, 2018
Selections will be made by March 15, 2018.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 15, 2018
Selections will be made by July 15, 2018.
Law Student Externships
MIA is an externship field placement option for law students attending the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Please visit the U of M Externship Program website to learn more about applying for an externship with MIA for course credit. Law student externships involve regular volunteer activities in addition to significant research, writing, and advocacy.
Law Student Summer Internships
Rising 2Ls, 3Ls, and recent law school graduates who do not qualify for placement through the U of M Externship Program may apply for a summer internship with MIA. MIA generally offers internships to one law student each summer. Law student internships involve regular volunteer activities in addition to significant research, writing, and advocacy. All internships are unpaid, and scheduling is flexible, including weekly hours and internship start/end dates. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. by February 15, 2018. Selections will be made by March 15, 2018.
Due to the nature of our work, MIA does not typically provide volunteer opportunities to the general public. However, if you have special experience or skills (social work, counselling, professional interpretation/translation capabilities, etc.), we would be happy to discuss ways we can work together to assist our clients. Contact us for more information at email@example.com.
Pro Bono Attorneys
If you are an attorney seeking to provide pro bono legal services, please contact Memphis’s Joint Immigration Pro Bono Coordinator, Lauren Prater, at 901-529-4596 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Ms. Prater coordinates pro bono training and referrals for MIA, Community Legal Center, and Latino Memphis. We truly appreciate the valuable work of pro bono attorneys who volunteer their time, experience, and resources to help our clients.