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Law Student Volunteer, Summer 2024

Hiring Organization
Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR)
915 2nd Ave., Suite 613
Seattle, WA 98174 - United States
Application Deadline:
About the Office

The Seattle Immigration Court, housed within the Executive Office for Immigration Review, is responsible for adjudicating immigration cases in a neutral, fair, expeditious, and uniform manner. The Court is hiring volunteer law student interns for the summer of 2024.

As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Job Description

Internships offer individuals the opportunity to develop their research, writing, and analytical skills, and expand their knowledge of immigration law and the adjudicative process. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful, though not required. Strong research and writing skills are necessary. Typical assignments may include researching complex issues of removability, implications of criminal convictions, and eligibility for relief from removal, such as asylum and related relief. Interns will also prepare decisions on motions and draft final decisions for immigration judges. All interns will work under the supervision of one or more staff attorneys. For more information about EOIR, please visit:


All current law students who are United States citizens are eligible to apply. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful, but not necessary. Similarly, an interest in immigration law is preferred, but not necessary. Interns must be able to commit to 40 hours per week for 10 continuous weeks. The internship is in-person. Selected applicants will be required to submit to a security background check.  

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and must include the following: 

(1) Cover letter (1 page; cover letter should express why the applicant is interested in immigration law and/or public service); (2) Resume; (3) Law School Transcript (official or unofficial); (4) Legal Writing Sample (no more than ten pages); and (5) List of three References 

Please email application materials to: 

Attn: Barbara Andrade, Attorney Advisor (she/her). Please include the subject line: “EOIR Summer 2024 Internship Application.” The hiring process will include an interview by telephone or Microsoft Teams. Per NALP guidelines, we will only review 1L applications starting December 1.


Uncompensated volunteer. Course credit, work-study, and externship opportunities are available depending on school.

Relocation Expenses
Moving and relocation expenses are not authorized.

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Department Policies

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.  Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor.  The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full EEO Statement.

Reasonable Accommodations:  This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities:  The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements.  Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of DPOCs.   

Suitability and Citizenship:  It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment.  Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans:  There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that their retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that they were transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

USAO Residency Requirement:  Assistant United States Attorneys must reside in the district to which appointed or within 25 miles thereof.  See 28 U.S.C. 545 for district specific information.

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Updated November 6, 2023