Get Involved

Thank you for your interest in supporting CGRS. We are deeply appreciative of the contributions of law clerks, interns and volunteers; our work would not be possible without them!

Internship Opportunities

Law Clerks:

CGRS encourages law students to apply for our unpaid clerkships. Law clerks are involved in the full range of CGRS’s work, collaborating closely with CGRS lawyers in projects that might include research and writing on key legal issues, developing training and technical assistance materials, or helping with international human rights projects.

Undergraduates and Recent Graduates:

CGRS hires motivated individuals (undergraduates or recent graduates) for un-paid non-legal internships year round, generally for 8-12 week periods of time. Our interns usually help us with country conditions and human rights related research, as well as other CGRS general projects. Our spring and fall interns usually work anywhere from 2 to 5 days per week, depending on the individual. Our summer interns, however, are generally full-time.


CGRS hires un-paid volunteer attorneys for legal internships through the fall, winter and spring, generally for part-time or full-time positions. Cover letters, CVs, writing samples and 3 references can be sent to with the subject line "Volunteer Attorney Application." Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Opportunities

Dedicated and motivated volunteers play a key role in our work to defend refugees fleeing persecution. While the work varies depending on the skills and interests of each individual, volunteers with CGRS generally take on tasks performing vital human rights/country conditions research, identifying expert witnesses, conducting legal research, and working on development and communications to manage our social media and website. In the past, law students, undergraduate students and recent graduates, and attorneys have volunteered with CGRS.

At this time, we are at capacity and do not have any volunteer assignments available. On a quarterly basis, we take on new volunteers to assist with country conditions research, one of our primary methods of supporting asylum applicants throughout the U.S. and the attorneys who represent them. CGRS country conditions research memoranda guide attorneys to relevant sources to support asylum claims, and attorneys frequently report that they are an invaluable resource.

All new volunteers are required to participate in a webinar training before beginning their respective assignments. Our webinar for the next quarter will likely be scheduled for December 2017. To receive notice when webinar registration opens, sign up for our volunteer listserv.

Pro Bono Attorney Opportunities

If you are a pro bono attorney and want to take on an asylum case, please contact the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR).

Visiting Scholars

CGRS has been privileged to host attorneys, scholars, adjudicators, and other visitors from around the world as part of our Visiting Scholar program. For more information, contact us by email.

The Refugee and Human Rights Clinic

Students at UC Hastings can receive credit for working with CGRS by enrolling in the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. For application forms and more information about the clinic, click here.

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