Jobs & Internships

NWIRP is the only organization in Washington State providing comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees. Our exciting and dynamic organization serves more than 10,000 individuals from more than 100 countries and 40 language groups each year.

We seek to hire individuals with a demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and a passion for serving immigrants and refugees in need of legal services. If you feel that your qualifications fit the description for a position listed below, we invite you to send us a résumé and cover letter for review.


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  • Temporary Bilingual Receptionist: Seattle

    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Temporary Bilingual (English/ Spanish) Receptionist / Front Desk Coordinator in its Seattle, WA office. The Temporary Receptionist / Front Desk Coordinator is one of two individuals serving side-by-side as the faces and voices of NWIRP’s Seattle office, serving thousands of callers and in-person visitors per year. Both individuals equally coordinate all aspects of the front desk, working directly with clients as well as taking on certain administrative duties, such as overseeing incoming and outgoing mail. Applicants must be able to handle a fast-paced, dynamic work environment and be eager to work closely with the other Receptionist / Front Desk Coordinator. This position is expected to begin in January, 2019 and end in May, 2019 in order to cover a planned temporary absence.

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  • Staff Attorney: Granger

    NWIRP seeks a Spanish speaking bilingual staff attorney, or law graduate, taking the July 2019 bar examination, to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters. The staff attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The attorney will focus on providing representation and legal assistance on a wide range of immigration cases including matters involving removal proceedings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petitions and applicable state court custody matters, asylum applications, protections for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes (including U visas), and citizenship applications. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

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  • Temporary Legal Advocate: Seattle

    The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full time temporary bilingual legal advocate/paralegal to work in our Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Unit for a contract of six (6) months. The applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish. The VAWA Unit currently provides direct services, outreach and education throughout the state of Washington to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes. The legal advocate in this position will focus on assisting immigrant survivors in applying for adjustment of status to Permanent Residency (“green card” status), by filing affirmative petitions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and helping to transfer and coordinate cases from the waitlist to other NWIRP staff members. The legal advocate will also work with other staff members on different types of immigration cases as needed.

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  • Asylum Staff Attorney: Seattle

    The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a bilingual (preferably Spanish-speaking) attorney to provide direct representation and other forms of legal assistance to individuals pursuing asylum and related forms of immigration protection.

    The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation; (2) case referrals to pro bono attorneys; (3) self-help assistance; and (4) community and legal education. The attorney will focus on representing individuals seeking asylum and related protections, but may work on other immigration matters.

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  • Litigation Staff Attorney: Seattle

    NWIRP seeks a staff attorney who will work closely with the Legal Director managing NWIRP’s federal litigation caseload. The caseload focuses primarily on affirmative litigation in federal district court and work before the Court of Appeals. In addition, the staff attorney will be required to provide direct representation to individuals in removal proceedings and in other focus areas as needed. NWIRP’s federal litigation targets systemic change in priority areas. The attorney will work on tasks as assigned by the legal director in managing the casework, primarily in federal district court and the Court of Appeals. The attorney will be responsible for collaborating on a high-volume of work on several cases in federal court while maintaining an individual caseload before USCIS and EOIR. The attorney must be flexible in juggling litigation responsibilities with their direct representation caseload. Attorneys with prior relevant legal experience, specifically with regard to complex federal litigation and removal defense are strongly preferred, but all applicants with the qualifications listed below are welcome to apply.

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  • Legal Internship: Granger, Seattle, Tacoma, & Wenatchee

    The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is seeking law student applications for spring and summer internship positions in all four offices. These internships are unpaid, but NWIRP will work with applicants to secure outside funding or academic credit.

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  • Undergraduate Internship: Tacoma

    The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project's Tacoma office provides legal services to nondetained immigrants in the South Sound region and immigrant detainees at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC), which holds up to 1575 detainees, 90% of whom are unrepresented. Both the Tacoma office and the NWDC are a 45-minute commute from downtown Seattle.

    Interns will work under the supervision of attorneys and advocates at the Tacoma office. The majority of intern projects are completed in the office as our access in the detention center is limited. Intern responsibilities may include the following: translations; online country conditions research; contacting law enforcement agencies for records; creating information packets; logging detainee voicemails (must be fluent in Spanish); interpretation for detainees in person; clerical work (filing, data entry, etc.); court observation (attending hearings and taking notes for NWIRP); and assisting with application and declaration transcription.

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