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Thank you for your interest in joining Immigrant Justice Corps’ 2017 Community Fellow Class!  Please read the following information before you submit your Community Fellowship application.

Immigrant Justice Corps is an innovative Fellowship program – the first of its kind in the country – dedicated to meeting the need for high quality legal assistance for immigrants fighting deportation, seeking lawful status and a path to citizenship.  IJC pairs talented law and college graduates with leading non-profit organizations, in and around New York City, to help immigrants navigate the complex immigration system. As the next generation of immigration lawyers and advocates, IJC Fellows remove barriers to justice and economic opportunity for immigrants pursuing the American dream.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the fellowship and the host organizations, please read our FAQs.

Community Fellow Eligibility Requirements:

Community Fellows are committed and talented recent college graduates who advocate for immigrants throughout New York City and the surrounding counties. 
  • Applicants must speak another language in addition to English.
  • Applicants may be college graduates from the 2016 academic year;
  • Applicants may be college students graduating in 2017.
Application Instructions:

To submit your application, you will need to set up an account through our application system where you will be prompted to answer the above questions.  When setting up your account you will be asked to enter a name for your submission – PLEASE USE YOUR FULL NAME AS THE SUBMISSION NAME.

Additionally, once you set up your applicant account, you will need to enter email addresses for two references who will each submit a letter on your behalf.  Once you enter your recommenders’ email addresses, they will be sent an email with a link to submit their letters of reference on your behalf.  We highly recommend you reach out to your recommenders before entering your recommenders email addresses into the system and follow up with them after doing so to ensure that they received the email.  This way your recommenders will know to look out for the link and will know what it is when they receive it.  Frequently, recommender notifications are routed to spam, so it is important to follow up with your recommenders.  Please be sure to notify your recommenders to check both their inbox and spam folders.

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  Every component of your application must be submitted by Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m., EST, including your reference letters, so please reach out early to your recommenders and let them know to expect and respond to the link to upload the recommendation letter.   The IJC application is not rolling; all applications will be considered once the application period closes.

Community Fellow Application Components:
  • Resume (no more than two pages);
  • PDF of your college transcript (unofficial);
  • Statement of Interest (500 words or less): describe why you would like to be an IJC Community Fellow.Questions to consider in drafting your Statement of Interest include:
    • Why are you interested in immigration advocacy?
    • How might an IJC Fellowship prepare you for the career you want to have in the future?
    • What skills and experiences have prepared you to work with immigrant communities in New York?
  • Essay Question (500 words or less): Imagine you have three minutes alone with the new President.What would you tell him to try to influence decisions he will be making about immigration policy?
  • Two letters of recommendation.We strongly prefer receiving one letter from a professor and one from a current or former employer or internship supervisor.
The Selection Process:
  1. All Community Fellow Applications and supporting documents are due on March 15, 2017.
  2. Application review round one: a selection committee of staff and Justice Fellows gathers to review all Community Fellow applications and makes recommendations to IJC Staff in mid-March.
  3. Application review round two:IJC staff reviews applications recommended by the selection committee and schedules interviews with prospective Community Fellows in late March.
  4. IJC staff select Community Fellow finalists and will reach out to the finalists regarding host organization placement interest.
  5. In late April, offer letters are sent to Community Fellows.
You may contact us at if you have questions, concerns, or technical problems.  To learn more about Immigrant Justice Corps visit our website and follow us on Facebook.

Start your application today!