Community Fellow (Mandarin Speaker) – Immigration Paralegal

Thank you for your interest in joining Immigrant Justice Corps’ 2016 Community Fellow class. Community Fellows are recent college graduates who conduct outreach and legal intake in underserved neighborhoods of New York. They screen immigrant New Yorkers for legal relief, and help them file applications for citizenship, green cards, DACA, and more.

Community Fellowships are available to students who are completing their undergraduate degree in 2016 or completed it in 2015 and are committed to immigrant justice. Community Fellows will become Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representatives[]. Community Fellows are placed in community-based host organizations throughout New York City, and their work is directly supervised by Immigrant Justice Corps’ supervising attorneys. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in law school or other graduate degrees to gain meaningful work experience and work in a cohort of fellows committed to helping immigrant communities.

The Program

Community Fellowships run for two years, at a salary of $38,000 per year plus benefits. Fellows will be trained by Immigrant Justice Corps at the start of their fellowship and will meet as a group throughout the course of the fellowship for professional development, skills training, and support.

Community Fellows work 40 hours a week, which will include weekend and evening hours in order to meet the needs of immigrant New Yorkers. Work sites will vary throughout the week and throughout the two years of the program as we deploy Fellows to the neighborhoods with the greatest need for legal help. Flexibility, a strong work ethic, and a good attitude are necessary characteristics for Community Fellows.

At the end of the fellowship, Community Fellows will be extraordinarily well trained, deeply networked in the legal and immigrant rights community, and profoundly committed to developing creative strategies to fight poverty and ensure access to justice. The Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship provides an excellent experience for recent graduates considering a career in law and/or immigrant rights advocacy.


  • The Community Fellowship is for recent college graduates. Applicants may have graduated in 2015 or 2016.
  • Spoken proficiency in Mandarin required.
  • All Fellows must be ready to begin work on September 1, 2016.
  • All Fellows must be work authorized through August 31, 2018.

Non-discrimination statement

Immigrant Justice Corps does not discriminate against any person seeking services or employment based on race, color, creed, sex, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital status, partnership status, alienage or citizenship status, gender identity, disability, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Process

Interested applicants should email Victoria Neilson, the following:  a resume; a detailed statement of interest (no longer than 500 words); an unofficial transcript; and two references.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit, the better.