Immigrant Rights Advocate 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 have the power to challenge the immigration and criminal justice systems. Advocacy should be led by those most directly impacted by systems of injustice, as they are the ones most knowledgeable about the issues, most 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 hour/week Immigrant Rights Advocate internship. Small stipend available. The ideal candidate will have personal or family history with detention and/or deportation, be bilingual in 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 cultural competence 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 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 include supporting deportation defense mobilization, primarily focused on coordination. Primary internship activities center on development of our deportation crisis hotline, La Linea de Defensa Comunitaria, to support ongoing volunteer capacity building and mobilization, working with impacted families, and resource guide development. Additionally, this intern will support the rights of people detained through the Hutto Visitation Program by providing volunteer mobilization, skill development, and visits with detainees inside the Hutto Detention Center. They will be supervised by the Immigration Programs Coordinator and work closely with other team members.

Schedule: Ideally, this will be a one year placement, with Spring semester only placement also considered. Starting date Feb. 1st, 15-20 hrs/per/week with weekday/evening/weekend hours required, depending on activities.

To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: by close of day Monday, January 22, 2018. Applicants for consideration will be called for a (1) hour interview at our office. Thank you for your time in applying.