National Immigrant Justice Center

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is a program of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. It provides direct legal services to and advocates for low-income and impoverished immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. NIJC strives to advance rights and protections for these populations and empower them to participate fully in public life by monitoring and responding to human rights conditions and abuses at the local, regional, national and international levels, and leveraging its expertise to influence public policy and effect legislative and regulatory change.

PILI Interns and Fellows work on a wide variety of projects, including asylum applications and hearings, deportation hearings and appeals, immigrant visa petitions, issues related to unaccompanied immigrant children, detained immigrant assistance, and related matters. Fellows work closely with clients from many different countries and cultures, and will have an opportunity to appear in court. Fluency in a relevant second language is strongly preferred.

This agency is approved to host a Law Student Intern during the fall and spring semesters whose work will be specifically focused in their LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative. This agency is approved to host a Law Student Intern during the summer whose focus will be determined during the application process. They are also approved to host Graduate Fellows.