Volunteers – Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility (Tutwiler, MS)
MIA has launched an Asylum Initiative in response to the rapid expansion of immigration detention facilities in the Mid-South area. Each week, volunteers and MIA staff travel to the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler, MS to provide essential guidance to detained asylum seekers who otherwise would not have access to information about the legal process.
Transportation and training provided. We visit the facility on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of each week. The commitment is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1. Must possess a valid government-issued photo id (passport, green card, driver’s license, etc.)
2. Pass a criminal background check, required for entry into the facility
3. Complete a short training conducted by MIA staff
4. Bilingual preferred but certainly not required. We have worked with men who speak 15+ languages in the last 6 months!
If you would like to join us or learn more, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interns – Memphis Office
Interning 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 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 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: March 15, 2020
Selections will be made by April 1, 2020.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: July 15, 2019 [APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED]
Selections will be made by August 1, 2019.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 15, 2019
Selections will be made by December 1, 2019.
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 intern 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, 2020. Selections will be made by March 15, 2020.
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
Ms. Prater coordinates pro bono training and referrals for MIA and Community Legal Center. We truly appreciate the valuable work of pro bono attorneys who volunteer their time, experience, and resources to help our community.