Immigration Programs Support Intern

Grassroots Leadership is an Austin, Texas-based national organization that works for a more just society where prison profiteering, mass incarceration, deportation and criminalization are things of the past.

We believe that no one should be detained or deported, and that human connection and organizing has the power to challenge the immigration and criminal justice systems. Advocacy should be lead by those most directly impacted by systems of injustice, as they are the ones most knowledgeable about the issues, impacted by the decisions, and most qualified to lead.


Grassroots Leadership is seeking a dedicated, passionate individual to join our team in a 15-20 hr/wk unpaid Immigrant Detention Visitation internship. The ideal candidate will have personal or family history with detention and/or deportation, be bilingual English/Spanish, foreign born or from an immigrant family, and a person of color, all of which are representative of the communities most impacted by unjust immigration policies. Additional qualifications include:

  • Excellent written communication and listening skills in both English and Spanish-- able to speak clearly and write expressively
  • Able to work in a fast paced environment and respond quickly to changing priorities
  • Highly organized
  • Strong critical thinking skills, with the confidence/ability to question analytically
  • Cross culturally responsive showing ability to work with a wide variety of individuals from various backgrounds, including immigrant, faith-based, and student populations
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to process highly sensitive information shared around violence experienced and sexual-based trauma
  • Kindness, flexibility, and sense of humor - we’re a small, family-like organization that values community
  • Knowledge of MS Office, Google Docs and Gmail, and database systems strongly desired

Internship Responsibilities:

Responsibilities for this internship include supporting with deportation defense mobilization, with organizing being a primary focus of the internship. Primary internship activities center on development of our deportation crisis hotline, La Linea de Defensa Comunitaria, to include ongoing volunteer capacity building and mobilization, working with families impacted, resource guide development, and La Linea’s community-wide launch through targeted outreach. Secondary internship activities focus on supporting those currently or formerly suffering within the detention system, to include mobilization, skill development, visits inside the Hutto detention center, and interviewing.

Schedule: Mid May to end of Aug (exact dates TBD). 15-20 hrs/wk, weekday/evening/weekend hours required, depending on activities.

To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: by close of day Friday, May 5, 2017. Applicants for consideration will be called for a (1) hour interview at our office.