Closing Date: 12th June, 2023


About the Office:
The primary mission of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is to adjudicate immigration cases by fairly, expeditiously, and uniformly interpreting and administering the Nation's immigration laws. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, EOIR conducts immigration court proceedings, appellate reviews, and administrative hearings. For further information about the Detroit Immigration Court, please visit:

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:
This internship offers students an excellent opportunity to develop research, writing, and analytical skills, and to expand their knowledge of immigration law. Legal interns will work in person, under the supervision of the Court's Attorney Advisors, but will also interact with individual Immigration Judges. Issues commonly before the Court include asylum eligibility, cancellation of removal, motions to reopen, and adjustment of status. The types of projects assigned to legal interns vary depending on the Court's docket, and may entail:
  • Drafting decisions on applications for relief from removal
  • Research and preparation of memoranda on complex legal issues
  • Drafting decisions on motions pending before the Court

Second- and Third-year law students are eligible. Strong research and writing skills are required. While prior knowledge of immigration law is helpful, it is not absolutely necessary.

This position is in-person. Interns must commit to working a minimum of 12 hours per week, for at least 10 weeks.

Applicants must be United States citizens. Successful completion of an FBI background check is required before interns can begin work.

Volunteer (uncompensated). Students interested in receiving stipends or academic credit through their law school should contact the appropriate person at their law school to determine their eligibility.

How to Apply:

Application Process:
Applications must be received no later than 11:59 P.M. on Monday, June 12, 2023.

Applications must include the following materials: (1) cover letter; (2) résumé; (3) official or unofficial law school transcript; (4) writing sample of five to ten pages (not substantially edited by others); and (5) a list of three references (minimum of one academic reference preferred).

Please submit applications by email to Attorney Advisor Samantha Topolewski at

Application Deadline: Monday, June 12, 2023

Number of Positions: 1 (one)