Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates recognizes the need to educate the next generation of legal professions and equip them with skills and opportunities to experience the realities of serving immigrants and refugees. For these reasons, LIA offers an internship program during the Fall, Spring, and Summer to students interested in building experience in the areas of legal services, community outreach and advocacy, and nonprofit development. Click below to complete an application for an internship at Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates.

Application Timeline

Spring Internship

  • Applications due December 1st.
  • Interviews throughout December.
  • Internship offers finalized by January 1st.

Summer Internship

  • Applications due April 1st.
  • Interviews throughout April.
  • Internship offers finalized by May 1st.

Fall Internship

  • Applications due August 1st.
  • Interviews throughout August.
  • Internship offers finalized by September 1st.


  • Preference will first be given to college students and law students. Internship opportunities for high school students are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Ideal internship candidates are bilingual in English and Spanish, have strong writing and research skills, and work well with minimal supervision.
  • Fall and Spring interns are expected to commit to a minimum of 8 hours a week. Summer interns must commit to 10 hours a week, but up to 20 hours is allowed to gain the most from the experience.
  • Interns can choose to focus on legal services or fund development.
  • Interns MUST provide their own transportation.
  • Remote or hybrid model internships are available as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Interns that express interest in continuing beyond their first semester will be considered and may be asked to reapply.

Meet our Spring 2021 Interns!

Erick Núñez- Legal Intern

My name Is Erick Núñez and I am a senior at Hope College who is studying Political Science and Spanish. I am currently a legal intern at Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates and have been super grateful to have this awesome opportunity to gain knowledge along with legal experience. In the future I plan to attend law school in order to pursue my dream in defending and serving underrepresented communities

Madison Smith Fund Development Intern

Hi, my name is Madison Smith. I am currently a junior at Hope College double majoring in business and political science. After graduation, I am planning to attend law school and pursues a career in law. I am so excited for the opportunity to grow and foster my skill set at LIA, along with gaining valuable experience!