Intern

CARECEN internships are open to undergraduates, recent graduates or law students who have an interest in community development and public policy affecting immigrants and have a strong commitment to immigrants’ rights and advancing social justice. Internships at CARECEN are unpaid. However, we are willing to work with your school if you are looking to earn course credit through the internship.

Internships at CARECEN are offered during the Spring Semester (starting in January), the Summer (starting in June) and during the Fall Semester (starting in September), in the following areas:

Communications
Fundraising
Citizenship and Civic Engagement
Legal
Community Support Services
Bilingual Tenant Outreach and Counseling

Application deadlines: April 15 (Summer), July 15 (Fall) and November 30 (Spring).

Communications

CARECEN seeks an intern to assist with communications. This internship is a wonderful opportunity to learn while helping CARECEN create and maintain a more professional look for our website, publications and outreach materials, better document activities and media coverage and improve our on-line donation capabilities. To that end the intern should have some experience in evaluating the current status of web usage and production, making critical analysis and suggestions, and finding ways to develop and improve the website and outreach materials.

Duties

  • Assist staff with media outreach for specific events.
  • Keep track and document radio, TV and print media coverage of CARECEN activities, events or accomplishments and update the media list as needed.
  • Work with staff to complete monthly e-newsletter.
  • Design and distribute email blasts with action alerts to our community
  • Update website regularly.
  • Update CARECEN’s Facebook and other social media pages as needed with current issues and relevant news.
  • Participate in meetings with the service and advocacy teams as needed.
  • Work with staff to help consolidate information for CARECEN’s annual report or other publications such as brochures, fact sheets, etc.
  • Help design flyers for CARECEN’s programs and events.
  • Contribute by developing new and innovative ideas for communications.

Requirements

  • Strong writing skills.
  • Consistency, attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to carry out research independently.
  • Capacity to organize and summarize information.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Desktop publishing, HTML, and related computer skills.
  • Graphic design experience is a plus.

Intern will work 15 hours a week, with a schedule determined in consultation with CARECEN.

Desirable: Spanish preferred but not required.

Contact

To apply please email a cover letter and resume to admin@carecendc.org.

 

Fundraising

CARECEN seeks an intern to assist with fundraising. This internship represents an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of development at a community-based organization focused on immigrant rights, affordable housing, and citizenship. The intern will also gain exposure to advocacy and organizing and become familiarized with emerging policy issues as they affect the Latino community.

Duties

  • Research funding prospects relevant to CARECEN programs and activities, including direct legal services, housing counseling, and citizenship.
  • Update the donor database, working closely with the Director of Operations.
  • Help consolidate essential information on the history of giving at CARECEN, to include a compilation of key grants and contracts over the last decade.
  • Help with administration, organization, and filing of grant proposals, reports, and contract information, so as to maintain historical and current records of all proposals submitted.
  • Participate in monthly planning meetings with the Fundraising team.
  • Assist with the organization of small fundraising events and a larger annual fundraising event.
  • Help represent the organization together with staff at meetings, events and other outreach opportunities in order to increase visibility for CARECEN.
  • Contribute by developing new and innovative ideas for raising funds and maintaining relationships with current donors, including the design of effective fundraising-related communications strategies.

Benefits

  • Work as part of a small and closely coordinated team to increase fundraising yields at CARECEN and help the organization grow and sustain programs.
  • Learn about fundraising for community-based nonprofit organizations, with specific reference to working with the Latino immigrant community.
  • Gain exposure to fundraising for advocacy and direct services organizations.
  • Participate in staff meetings to understand the planning process at CARECEN.
  • Join a diverse, bilingual, and highly collegial institutional setting.

Requirements

  • Consistency, attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Ability to carry out research independently.
  • Capacity to organize and summarize information.

Intern will work 15 hours a week, with a schedule determined in consultation with CARECEN.

Desirable: Spanish helpful but not required.

Contact

For more information please contact Sarah Hall at (202) 328-9799 x213.
To apply please email a cover letter and resume to shall@carecendc.org

 

Citizenship and Civic Engagement

The CARECEN Citizenship program works to empower the Central American and Latino community of the Washington metropolitan area by providing educational programs and engaging the community in advocacy campaigns, among other activities. In line with CARECEN’s overall mission, this program strives to respond to the changing needs of the Latino population and assist members in developing roots in their new communities. CARECEN’s citizenship intern will work under the supervision of the Director of Education and Advocacy.

Duties

  • Work with program staff to coordinate program activities such as youth projects,  voter registration drives, immigration reform campaigns, and legislative activities.
  • Monitor voting records on immigration-related bills for members of Congress, specifically State Representatives in Virginia and Maryland.
  • Assist in the coordination and instruction of citizenship classes as well as follow-up with citizenship applicants, including data entry and case management.
  • Prepare citizenship applicant for their citizenship interview by administering a mock citizenship interview or tutor as needed.
  • Serve as an interpreter during naturalization interviews.
  • Conduct various outreach activities such as participating in community events to provide information about CARECEN’s citizenship activities, and promote our services to community members.
  • Assist in the creation of publications: flyers, brochures, student handouts (English and Spanish).
  • Help represent the organization together with staff at meetings, events and other outreach opportunities in order to increase visibility for CARECEN.
  • Assisting with other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Requirements

  • Commitment to serving the low-income Central American/Latino Immigrant community.
  • Ability to carry out research independently.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with English/ Spanish bilingual ability highly preferred.
  • Interest in adult education, the legislative process and community organizing.

Intern will work 15 hours a week, with a schedule determined in consultation with CARECEN, including some Saturdays and possibly a weekday evening. Good writing and communication in Spanish is required.

Contact

To apply, please e-mail a resume and cover letter outlining qualifications to Rachel Gittinger, Program Director, to rgittinger@carecendc.org.

 

Community Support Services

The Community Support Services internship is a great opportunity to learn more about the issues facing the local Latino community and to interact one-on-one with our majority Spanish speaking clients. The program aims to increase the problem solving skills and self-sufficiency of the Latino community through education and outreach on a number of issues. The Community Support Services Department consists of several programs, including a Dispute Resolution Clinic to help people fight for their rights in the workplace and resolve disputes related to housing, consumer issues and neighbor conflicts. We operate a low-income tax clinic that aims to increase the number of Latino immigrants who understand and comply with their obligations under the U.S. tax code and who are educated consumers of tax preparation services. We also act as a translation service and provide referrals to help limited English speakers navigate the complex world of governmental and non-governmental agencies.

The intern will assist in the provision of these services and will also participate in outreach programs and events around the city.

Duties

  • Provide information on programs at CARECEN and other services available in the DC metro area to community members coming in to our offices or over the phone.
  • Give short oral presentations to CARECEN clients about a variety of issues and services.
  • Assist with the monthly Dispute Resolution Clinic and bi-monthly Tax Outreach Clinic.
  • Conduct Community Support Services intake: provide assistance filling out simple applications and making phone calls, give referrals to other social service organizations, and educate clients regarding public benefits, consumer and employment issues and similar topics.
  • Assist in data entry for client tracking and grant reporting.
  • Translate documents from Spanish to English.
  • Contribute by developing new and innovative ideas for the way services are provided to community members.

Requirements

  • Working proficiency in both Spanish and English, especially oral, is a must.
  • Ability to problem-solve and carry out research independently.
  • Commitment to serving the low-income Central American/Latino Immigrant community.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Consistency, attention to detail.
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills.

Hours & Compensation: Intern must be available a minimum of 15 hours a week during office hours (9am – 5pm). Internship is unpaid, but we are willing to work with your school if you are looking to earn credit.

Contact

For more information please contact Mayra Ibarra at (202) 328-9799 x218.
To apply please email a cover letter and resume to mibarra@carecendc.org

 

LEGAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AT CARECEN

The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) is a non-profit community-based organization, which operates legal, social service, educational, housing, and civic education programs for the Central American and other Latino communities in the Washington metropolitan area.

CARECEN’s immigration legal services program provides low-income Latino immigrants in the Washington metropolitan area with low or no cost, quality legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters, including asylum, U-visas, NACARA, citizenship, permanent residence, family petitions, temporary protected status, and renewal of work authorization documents, and most recently, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).   Additionally, CARECEN provides general immigration consultations three times a week.

Interns with CARECEN’s legal department will assist attorneys with various legal services including client intakes, preparation of immigration applications, drafting of briefs and legal memorandum, translations, and client interviews. Interns will also assist in organizing and hosting community forums and workshops to educate the community about their legal rights, apply for citizenship, etc. Interns will carry their own caseload and work under the supervision of CARECEN’s Legal Director and staff attorney.

Compensation

Internships at CARECEN are unpaid; however, we are willing to help facilitate your receiving course credit if your school offers this form of compensation.

Requirements

  • Applicants must have a strong academic background, commitment to public interest law, and be competent in both English and Spanish.
  • Experience working in the area of immigration law and/or immigrants’ rights is a plus.
  • Ability to relate to and work with low-income clients, grassroots groups and community-based organizations; Experience working with low-income immigrant communities is a plus
  • Be available to come into the office two full days during the week.

To Apply

To apply for the FALL session please email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to Eleonor Velasquez, evelasquez@carecendc.org.

bILINGUAL Tenant Counseling AND OUTREACH

CARECEN’s housing counseling program educates tenants about their rights, offers organizing and advocacy assistance to both individual tenants and groups of tenants, works in coalition with other community groups, and helps to resolve landlord-tenant problems such as lack of services or repairs, illegal rent increases, and harassment. The Tenant Organizer and the Housing Paralegal participate fully in all aspects of this work, as well as conduct broad scale organizing and negotiations, and participate in policy and litigation matters as appropriate. The Bilingual Tenant Counseling and Outreach Intern(s) work under the supervision of the Housing Coordinator and Housing Paralegal.

Duties

  • Assist in outreach and organizing tenants in ward 1, 2 and 4 and Prince George’s County; inform tenants of their rights, evaluate rental problems.
  • Handle a number of individual tenant cases and work with tenants on a one-on-one basis (or building wide as necessary) to find solutions for their housing problems. This may require some research and analysis of laws and rights of tenants in the following areas: illegal rent increases, search for available affordable units in the District, maintenance issues, request city housing inspection for individuals.
  • Assist in filing applications with the necessary governmental regulatory agencies that oversee housing laws such as OTA, DCRA or DHCD: elderly and disabled forms, proactive inspections, DCRA housing inspections (online or by phone).
  • Write letters to landlords requesting services or repairs on behalf of tenants.
  • Search for available and affordable units in the District (www.dchousingsearch.org)
  • Refer tenants to housing conditions court or to a DC Court attorney.
  • Provide information about pro bono housing attorneys.
  • Assist in compiling, entering and maintaining data related to individual cases and tenant associations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Bilingual, Spanish and English
  • Demonstrated commitment.
  • Good research skills.
  • Familiarity with housing issues a plus.
  • Total hours per week is somewhat flexible, but we’re looking for someone who would be available for 20 hours per week.
  • Available afternoons and some evenings.

Contact

For more information, please contact Anabell Martinez at (202) 328-9799 x224.
To apply please email a cover letter and resume to amartinez@carecendc.org