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 15th.
  • Interviews throughout August & September.
  • Internship offers finalized by September 15th.


  • 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 Summer 2021 LIA Interns!

Nikki Alvarenga – Legal Intern

I just finished my freshman year at Wayne State University, as a political science major, aspiring to be an immigration lawyer one day. As a Salvadoran – American, I’m very excited to be interning at LIA, because I’ve always been on the outside of immigration cases. Now I get to see behind scenes, and it’s been amazing and eye-opening. Also, I love everyone at LIA because they’re all helpful and caring, and that’s a work environment anyone would want to be a part of. 

Molly Douma – Legal Intern

My name is Molly Douma, and I am a senior at Hope College pursuing a degree in International Studies and Spanish. My time as an intern at LIA will teach me about the complex world of both immigration law and nonprofit organizations, both of which will play a role in my future career.

Alexia McColl – Legal Intern

Hi, my name is Alexia McColl, and I’m a junior at Kalamazoo College pursuing a degree in Psychology, along with a Spanish minor, and Women, Gender, Sexuality concentration. After graduating from K, I hope to attend law school and help better represent and fight for the marginalized communities within our country. I’m grateful to be interning at LIA this summer and I can’t wait to grow and learn more about immigration law.

Grace McConaghie – Legal Intern

My name is Grace McConaghie, and I’m a senior at Hope College studying Spanish, Sociology, and Ministry. I’m thrilled to spend the summer with LIA because it offers me the unique opportunity to explore immigration law from a nonprofit perspective and learn more about holistically defending underrepresented communities.