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Thank you for your interest in joining Immigrant Justice Corps’ 2018 Community Fellow Class! 
Please read the following information before you begin your Community Fellowship application.

About Immigrant Justice Corps:
Immigrant Justice Corps (“IJC”), is the nation’s first and only immigration legal fellowship program. IJC seeks to expand access to counsel by increasing the quantity of immigration lawyers and the quality of the immigration bar. Each year IJC recruits talented young lawyers (“Justice Fellows”) and college graduates (“Community Fellows”) many of whom are first-generation immigrants and bi-lingual graduates from the country’s top universities, for a two-year fellowship.  IJC trains Fellows to be experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community based organizations in New York City, Long Island, the Lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Texas to provide legal services to low income immigrants.

The Fellows provide a broad range of immigration services including deportation defense, applications for asylum, naturalization, green cards and other forms of relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence or human trafficking.  Quality legal assistance allows immigrants to avoid deportation and separation of families.  Immigrants who can to improve their legal status are better able to gain lawful employment, receive financial aid to college, access health care and live stable, productive lives in the United States.

IJC is infusing the legal profession with a new generation of lawyers and advocates committed to providing high quality representation and innovative thinking about the delivery of legal services to a vulnerable population, including the use of new technologies.

About the Community Fellowship:

Community Fellows are recent college graduates who conduct outreach and legal intake in underserved neighborhoods in and around New York.  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. The Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship provides an excellent experience for recent graduates considering a career in law and/or immigrant rights advocacy.
Community Fellows work 40 hours a week, which may include weekend and evening hours to meet the needs of immigrants.  They screen immigrants for legal relief, and help them file applications for citizenship, green cards, DACA, and more. Community Fellows will become Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representatives.  Community Fellows are placed in community-based host organizations in and around New York City, and their work is directly supervised by Immigrant Justice Corps’ staff attorneys.  Flexibility, a strong work ethic, and a good attitude are necessary characteristics for Community Fellows.
IJC seeks Fellows who are smart, compassionate, and passionate about justice for immigrants.  IJC also seeks Fellows dedicated to the idea of a Fellowship program – you give us two years of hard work and we will make sure you will be immersed in immigration law and helping others who likely would not have had an attorney or advocate otherwise.  Almost all IJC Fellows speak a language in addition to English.
Because our Fellows are placed at many different partnering host organizations every Fellow’s experience is unique.  Community Fellows work on a high volume of “light touch” cases.  That means Community Fellows spend most days meeting with clients, conducting screenings and completing applications.  The most common types of applications that Community Fellows work on are applications for naturalization, DACA, green card renewals, and Temporary Protected Status.

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

Throughout the application period, we will be hosting a series of informative webinars for individuals interested in applying for the Class of 2018 Community Fellowship.  During the webinars, staff will lead a discussion on the elements of IJC’s Community Fellow program, current Community Fellows will share their experiences, and interested applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions.
For more information on our webinar sessions, including the current schedule, visit our Community Fellow Application page on our website here.

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 (undergrad level) from the 2017 academic year;
  • Applicants may be college students (undergrad level) graduating in 2018.
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): Please select ONE question for the essay.
    • If you could make one positive change to the immigration system, but would have to link it to a negative change, what would your two changes be and why?
    • Discuss a challenge you have faced in a workplace, school, or volunteer setting and describe how you addressed the challenge.  Please be sure that this essay is not duplicative of your personal statement.
  • Two letters of recommendation. We strongly prefer receiving one letter from a professor and one from a current or former employer or internship supervisor.
Application Instructions:

To submit your application for consideration, 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, you will be asked to submit a photo with your application.  Please choose a headshot that will allow us to clearly identify you.  When we begin the selection process these photos will help us to identify you. 

Submitting Letters of Recommendation:
  • Within the application portal, you will need to enter email addresses for two references who will each submit a letter on your behalf.
  • At least one of your references must be from a work or internship supervisor – We strongly prefer receiving one letter from a professor and one from a current or former employer or internship supervisor.
  • Once you enter your recommender’s email address into the system, they will be sent an email with a link to submit their letter of reference on your behalf.  We strongly recommend that you immediately follow up with your recommender to make sure they received the email.  Frequently, recommender notifications are routed to spam, please be sure to notify your recommenders to check both their inbox and spam folders.
  • If your recommender does not receive the email link, please reach out to
  • You will not be able to submit your application without both letters of reference completed in the system.  We will not grant application deadline extensions for letters of recommendation.
The application deadline is Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Every component of your application must be submitted by Thursday, March 15, 2018 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.

The Selection Process:
  1. All Community Fellow Applications and supporting documents are due on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
  2. Application review round one: a selection committee of staff, current and former Community Fellows 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.
For technical concerns please contact the FluidReview Helpdesk at Monday-Friday 6AM EST – 10PM EST, Weekends: 9AM EST – 8PM EST.  For application questions, you may contact us at  

Start your application today!