2Ls and 3Ls interested in Immigration Law: USCIS Spring 2018 internship applications due 9/22

If you are interested in a career in immigration law, consider a spring externship with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services next spring.  See the detailed posting below, or Symplicity posting # 15476.

To apply, please send a cover letter, writing sample (5-7 pages), transcript, and resume to Cortney V. Price and Melanie J. Siders, Associate Counsels:

Email: Cortney.V.Price@uscis.dhs.gov; Melanie.J.Siders@USCIS.dhs.gov

Subject line: USCIS Spring 2018 Internship Application

U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
Office of the Chief Counsel
Denver District/Field Office
Spring 2018 Law Student Internship

POSITION DESCRIPTION
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency within the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for adjudicating applications for immigration benefits
in the United States.

The Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) provides in-house legal guidance and counsel to USCIS offices
throughout the United States. Interns from local law schools are tasked to assist OCC Associate
Counsel in their duties and responsibilities.

The USCIS Denver Field Office, located in Centennial, Colorado, will host 1 law student intern for
the spring 2018 academic semester.

The law student will be supervised by USCIS Associate Counsels Cortney Price and Melanie
Siders.

Through a combination of assigned projects, readings, writing activities and meetings, the law
students will be provided with the following opportunities:
 to learn substantive immigration law
 to improve research and writing skills, in the context of immigration law
 to learn about the roles and jobs of USCIS attorneys
 to learn about the roles and jobs of USCIS Field Office Operations personnel (such as
adjudications officers and supervisors), and about the roles and jobs of various USCIS
positions at offices other than USCIS Field Offices
 to make contacts within the USCIS agency nationwide
 to learn about the roles and jobs of non-USCIS government attorneys in the field of
immigration law, such as immigration judges in the Executive Office for Immigration
Review (DOJ-EOIR), and immigration court trial attorneys in the United States
Immigration & Customs Enforcement (DHS-ICE)

The internship includes the following duties and responsibilities:
 assigned readings on substantive immigration law
 weekly meetings with the USCIS Associate Counsel supervisor to discuss the readings
and/or review assignments
 legal research and writing on (a) legal issues arising out of active USCIS adjudications,
and/or (b) USCIS appeal briefs on visa petition denials (Form I-130 denials), and/or (c)
issues arising in federal court litigation against USCIS
 live and telephonic meetings with various USCIS employees and sections, such as the
Central Regional Law Division weekly call, the District Director’s weekly meeting, and
other relevant conferences
 observing USCIS interviews of applicants for immigration benefits
 observing USCIS/ICE collaborative meetings concerning the initiation of removal
proceedings
 observing a naturalization (citizenship) ceremony for newly naturalized U.S. citizens, both
administrative and judicial
 observing immigration court proceedings with Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) attorneys
 observing inspections of arriving aliens at the Denver International Airport with Customs
and Border Protection (CBP)

HIRING CRITERIA
1. Prior Academic and/or Work Experience and/or Volunteer Experience with immigration law,
such as: law school immigration class, law school immigration clinic, or work or volunteer
experience for immigration law firm or immigration non-profit organization or the federal
government.
2. Academic Progress: Applicant must have completed first year of law school prior to
commencement of the internship program.
3. United States Citizenship.
4. Residency: With limited exceptions, applicants must have resided in the United States for
three out of the last five years.
5. Background Investigation: Selected applicants must pass a background investigation before
beginning the internship. As part of this process, applicants are required to complete the
security form Standard Form 85P (which is publicly available online).
6. Time Commitment: For the spring internship, a commitment of a minimum of 10 hours per
week, or as required to receive school credit, for a minimum of 12 weeks is required. Weekly
schedules to be determined on a case-by-case basis after selection.
7. Academic Credit: USCIS is unable to provide funding for law student interns. Law students
may seek to obtain either school credit (e.g., independent study credit or externship credit),
or funding (e.g., a fellowship or work study funding) for the internship if they wish.
8. No Conflicts of Interest: Law students cannot concurrently participate in a USCIS internship
and work with an organization that assists applicants for immigration benefits (such as a law
school immigration clinic or immigration law firm or immigration non-profit organization).

APPLICATION
To apply, please send a cover letter, writing sample (5-7 pages), transcript, and resume to:
Email: Cortney.V.Price@uscis.dhs.gov and Melanie.J.Siders@uscis.dhs.gov
Subject line: USCIS Spring 2018 Internship Application
Application deadline is Friday, September 22, 2017.

By John McKee
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