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.

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

New Americans Legal Clinic Internship

Continuing the work of serving the legal needs of asylum-seeking Afghan new arrivals in West Michigan, LIA is seeking at least four interns to join the LIA team in the fall of 2022. Interns will the the opportunity to gain unique first-hand experience working wtih a large volume of active asylum cases in a nonprofit law office. – Full Description

Marketing, Communications, and Nonprofit Management Internship

The Marketing, Communications, and Nonprofit Management Internships provide 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

Fundraising and Community Impact Residency (Fall)

The Fundraising and Community Impact Resident will be responsible for advancing the vision and mission of Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates through the effective execution of numerous projects that combine legal program services impact, justice and equity work, philanthropy, and marketing and communications to support the mission and vision of the organization. – 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. At this time, we are not considering internship opportunities for high school students.
  • Ideal internship candidates are bilingual in English and Spanish, have strong writing and research skills, and work well with minimal supervision.
  • Interns are expected to commit to at least 8 hours per week.
  • Interns can choose to focus on legal services, development, communications, and nonprofit management.
  • Interns MUST provide their own transportation.
  • Interns that express interest in continuing beyond their first semester will be considered and may be asked to reapply.

Last update: July 11 2022

Meet our Summer 2022 LIA Interns!

My name is Leanna and I am a senior at Grand Valley State University pursuing a major in Legal Studies and Philosophy. Interning at LIA is a dream come true for me because I’ve always wanted to work in a field of law that felt particularly meaningful and important, so naturally, Immigration Law has always been a career path I wanted to pursue. All in all, I just want to serve people and help navigating the legal system a little easier. I’m so excited for what this summer at LIA will bring!

Hi, my name is Kallen Mohr, and I have just completed my junior year at Hope College, where I am pursuing a double major in Sociology and English, with a Women’s and Gender Studies minor. I am so excited to be part of the LIA internship team and work with those who share a passion for justice and advocacy. I hope to learn more about nonprofit work, immigration law, and how best to raise the unheard voices in our community.

My Name is Jasmine Sims and I am going through my senior year at Grand Valley State University. I am legal studies and political science minor; after I graduate I hope to attend law school. My dream is to become an attorney; my goal is to be an advocate for people apart of marginalized communities. I’m so excited and grateful to be interning at LIA. I am excited to learn more about immigration law. 

Legal Studies & Political Science

Hannah Santiago is a junior studying Political Science at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Originally from Chicago, she is passionate about immigration and urban policy, as well as the Latine community. On campus, she is a Covenant Scholar, Women of Color United Vice President, and mentor to several underclassman through many different programs. This semester, Hannah had the privilege of participating in the DC Honors Semester at her school, and spent her time interning at Bread for the World. This summer, she is excited to be pursuing her interest in immigration policy as a Legal Intern with the LIA team, and looks forward to what she is sure will be an amazing experience!

My name is Rachel Oostindie, and I am a senior at Hope College studying business and Spanish. I am excited to spend the summer with LIA learning about all they do for immigrants in our community. I’m grateful for this opportunity to learn more about the legal system through a nonprofit organization that advocates for those marginalized around us. 

My name is Jamie Hernandez. I will graduate from Davenport University in December with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and hope to attend Michigan State University College of Law in the Fall of 2023. I am excited to begin interning with Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates; this internship will allow me to delve into a different area of law that I have no prior experience in, allowing me to grow in my career and as a student. Outside of this internship, I currently work at the Allegan County Legal Assistance Center as Associate Director and volunteer at Holland Hospital and the Immigrant Assistance Center of West Michigan. I enjoy spending time with my family, drinking coffee, and practicing yoga.

Hi, my name is Marisol Benitez. I am a current student at Ferris State University, studying Business Administration, with a minor in Legal Studies. After I obtain my degree, I hope to attend law school to study immigration law. As an intern at LIA, I hope to gain more skills that I can incorporate into my future career, to better defend underrepresented communities. I am thankful to have this opportunity with LIA and I can’t wait to learn more about my dream career!

My name is Nicole Rees, and I am an incoming sophomore at Hope College. I am pursuing a degree in Spanish and Political Science with a desire to attend law school after graduating. I am very excited to be an intern at LIA to explore what a career in law will look like, grow my knowledge on immigration issues, and hopefully use what I learn to serve my community.

Women’s and Gender Studies, Minor in Environment

My name is Tsion Weldetsadik, and I am a sophomore at Hope college studying Political Science with a Communication and French double minor. Beginning November, 2021, I served at LIA as an intake specialist volunteer, where I worked closely with Afghan refugees towards their immigration goals. As a volunteer,  I saw firsthand the legal assistance Lighthouse provides so these families can have a smooth transition into their new lives in United States. I am excited and honored to continue working with Afghan families as the New Americans Legal Clinic Intern at LIA this summer. I am confident this internship will help advance my knowledge and experience on the needs of refugees in West Michigan.

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.

My name is Bethany Parker and I am a junior at Ferris State University. I am studying Spanish for the Professions and Social Justice. I plan to attend law school after graduating from Ferris to become an immigration attorney. I’m very excited to spend the summer at LIA to learn more about immigration law and making the voices of marginalized communities heard.

Political Science &
Global French Studies

BA in Philosophy, Minors in
Criminal Justice & French