Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates recognizes the need to educate the next generation of legal professionals 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.

NEW: New Americans Legal Clinic InternshipPaid Internship Position

This position will work in tandem with the Outreach Program Coordinator to lead the New Americans Legal Clinics in Grand Rapids. The individual in this position will be responsible for the oversight of on-site volunteer coordination and recruitment. This person will be crossed trained and expected to fill-in to work directly with Afghan families when needed. Training will be provided including, trauma-informed interviewing, cultural orientation, and legal policies. We will continue recruiting and interviewing for this internship until filled. – Full Description

Legal Services Program Internship

This internship with Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates is designed to provide the Intern with opportunities to gain an awareness of the work associated with providing support and legal services related to immigrant needs. This is an unpaid position with the number of hours and times of service to be arranged in consultation with the Managing Attorney, Executive Director, and Administrative Assistant based on the needs of the office. – Full Description

Fund Development, Marketing, and Communications Internship

The Fund Development and Communications Internship at Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates is designed to provide an intern with the opportunity to gain experience in the areas of non-profit communications, marketing, development, and event planning. This internship provides a wide array of experiences across tactical and strategic levels unique to the nonprofit sector. – Full Description

Application Timelines

Internship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. In addition, applications received by the dates below will be prioritized during interview periods. A limited number of competitive paid internship opportunities may be available each semester, based on funding.

Spring Internships

  • Apply by December 1st.
  • Interviews beginning in December.
  • Internship offers finalized starting January 1st.

Summer Internships

  • Apply by April 1st.
  • Interviews begin in April.
  • Internship offers finalized starting May 1st.

Fall Internships

  • Apply by August 1st.
  • Interviews begin in August.
  • Internship offers finalized starting 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, with up to 20 hours allowed. 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 and communications.
  • Interns MUST provide their own transportation.
  • Remote or hybrid model internships may be available as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as on-site opportunities in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • 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!

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. 

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.

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.

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.