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Legal Immigration Services - Remote Fall Internship 2020

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Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

  • 3 people are interested


2150 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Job Description for Fall 2020 Legal Intern
Start date is flexible

Job Summary

The Legal Intern position is available to individuals passionate about public service who want to gain "real-world" immigration law experience. The Legal Intern will work remotely with our Legal Services department, and the intern will be responsible for the completion of immigration-related forms and other tasks as assigned. The Legal Intern will also be expected to maintain agency standards at all times and should be prepared to fulfill a wide-range of agency goals in a challenging but satisfying work environment.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Tracks the progress of individual cases and prepares case documents for filings, interviews, and hearings.
  2. Contacts USCIS Services Centers and District offices to follow up on the status of cases.
  3. Assists Staff Attorney with the preparation of medical waiver applications.
  4. Prepares letters, memos and other material for JFCS Legal Services department.
  5. Responds to client inquiries and proactively informs clients regarding the current status of their cases - including, for example, the need for any additional documents or information under Staff Attorney direction.
  6. Communicates regularly with Staff Attorney to ensure that data is accurate and up to date and prepares citizenship-related statistical and narrative reports for internal and grant reporting purposes.
  7. Represents JFCS’ Legal Services at SF Pathways to Citizenship virtual events, attending all workshops remotely and assisting with setup and facilitation of the events.
  8. Interprets via videoconference or telephonically at various immigration interview appointments and other client meetings when needed.
  9. Does document translation for client civil documents and intake forms.
  10. Develops and follows standard operating procedures and best practices for legal case preparation and management including the opening and closing of case files.
  11. Consults with Staff Attorney in all areas in which inquiry and case follow up are beyond the scope of the Legal Intern’s expertise.


This position is a 12-week temporary position and is unpaid. Candidates will be expected to commit to at least 6 hours per week during this 12-week period. This position is entirely remote, and all communication with Legal Services staff and clients will be accomplished via email, phone, and videoconference software.


  1. Able to maintain strict confidentiality
  2. Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues regarding immigration and naturalization and cross-cultural communications required.
  3. Ability to organize and prioritize varied tasks in order to handle multiple responsibilities.
  4. Demonstrated interest in immigration law.
  5. Completed at least 1 year of law school.
  6. Fluency in Russian or Spanish is preferred.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to JFCS' Director of Legal Immigration Services, Brett Snider, at BrettS@jfcs.org

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About Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties


2150 Post St, The Miriam Schultz Grunfeld Professional Building, San Francisco, CA 94115, US

Mission Statement

Founded in 1850 by Gold Rush pioneers, Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties is a catalyst for change, transforming our deeply held belief in the intrinsic value of each human life into a creative vision for alleviating suffering, enhancing potential and healing all who are in need -- from cradle to rocking chair.


Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFCS) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties is the oldest social service agency west of the Mississippi. Since its inception, JFCS has provided people with the encouragement and tools they need to become productive, self-reliant members of society. With over 40 programs that address a wide range of service needs, JFCS empowers people of all ages, faiths and ethnic backgrounds, to live productive and healthy lives by providing a hand-up, not a handout. To accomplish its goals, JFCS relies on its professional staff and on thousands of acts of lovingkindness performed by its more than 2,000 dedicated volunteers who give of themselves to create a more caring community.

Immigrants & Refugees
Justice & Legal


Thu Oct 01, 2020 - Wed Dec 30, 2020
10:00 AM - 04:00 PM  


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Legal (General)
  • Immigration Law
  • Russian
  • Spanish




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Minimum of 6 hours / week for 12 weeks
  • Fluency in Spanish or Russian preferred

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