The internship program at World Relief is a competitive program that has accepted students and recent graduates from universities across the United States. We select applicants from all fields of study who demonstrate excellence in service and learning, and a desire to serve refugees and immigrants. World Relief interns have the opportunity to gain professional casework skills, build meaningful relationships, and learn about local and global refugee issues, both through direct-service to refugees and ongoing trainings and debriefing sessions.

While all internships are unpaid, the program is competitive, and you are encouraged to approach it in the same way you would a job. Applicants are required to submit a cover letter, resume, application, assessment, and to pass a Criminal Background Check. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Basic requirements include the ability to commit to a minimum of 16hrs per week. Internships are offered for Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters.



Position Description:

To assist the ILS Program staff in the delivery of quality legal services. Assist in program promotion and in administrative tasks as World Relief builds out the immigration program, and assist affiliate offices and external partners. May be used to fulfill the shadowing requirement for DOJ accreditation.

Job Duties:

  • Assist ILS Staff, and under their guidance and supervision, prepare legal immigration applications and materials after applicants have been legally screened by them.
  • Assist ILS staff during initial consultation to determine eligibility of requested service and to inform client of application process, including required records and questions to be answered.
  • Assist ILS staff in contacting clients before and after initial consultation regarding scheduled appointments and required documentation.
  • Assist ILS staff in preparing various applications and forms, ensuring accuracy of information.
  • Example of main applications for which intern’s assistance will be required: U Visa petitions for victims of crimes; One-step spousal Adjustment of Status applications (green card applications), I-130 Petitions for Alien Relative; Consular processing applications, Refugee applications for Adjustment of Status, I-131 Travel Document applications, and I-730 Refugee/Asylee Relative Petitions.
  • Interview clients to gather biographical information and documents relevant to their immigration and naturalization cases.
  • Conduct follow-up interviews with clients, as needed, throughout the case preparation process.
  • Ensure that copies of all relevant applications and documents are placed in the client’s file.
  • Input case-related information into the client database and prepare case summaries, as needed.
  • Assist in community outreach initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor and ILS team.


Start and End Dates

SUMMER 2020: Monday, May 18th, 2020 - Friday, August 7th, 2020
FALL 2020: Monday, August 31, 2020 - Friday, December 11th, 2020 

Application Deadlines

SUMMER 2020: Monday, April 27, 2020
FALL 2020: Monday, July 27, 2020

Application Process

1. APPLICATION: Complete online application form.

2. COVER LETTER AND RESUME: These forms are uploaded during the application. Each file name should contain your first and last name.

3. RECOMMENDATION FORMS: World Relief asks for two recommendation forms, one personal/spiritual (non-family) and one academic/professional. World Relief will send the blank recommendation forms to the two individuals listed in the "Recommendation Forms - References" section of the application. 

5. INTERVIEW: Interviews are conducted after all forms have been received. The applicant will be contacted via email to setup an interview time. 

6. BACKGROUND CHECK: If selected, a criminal background check (free of charge) is required through World Relief.



Internship alumni have gone on to diverse fields such as international development, education, missions, local politics, and, of course, becoming employed at World Relief. This unique opportunity will allow interns to gain global, local, and professional experience while also contributing to an organization focused on serving the most vulnerable in our community. 

World Relief is able to provide oversight and fill out forms necessary for selected interns to receive academic credit for their internship.