Industry: Nonprofit: Human Services
Type of Internship: Human Services/Social Work, Translation
Student Name: Gabriela Anderson
Graduation Year: 2017
Major: Sociology
Minor: Latino Studies
Position Title: Immigrant Workers' Rights Intern
Hours: 35 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid, part-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I help operate the labor rights hotline, answering calls mostly in Spanish and meeting with clients who have had problems in the workplace in order to file complaints with the Department of Labor.

How did you find this internship?

I googled places that dealt with immigration law.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

I enjoy being able to work directly with clients, learning about employment law, getting experience filing complaints, and seeing how the work makes a real difference in people's lives.

What do you find challenging?

It is emotionally difficult when a case doesn't go the way we want it to or when a client decides to drop a case. Sometimes clients are rude or get very upset, and that can be difficult as well.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Don't be afraid to ask questions when you are unsure of something and take advantage of the fact that you are working with real attorneys and real clients. You can learn a lot from the experience. Always listen carefully to what clients are saying and know how to ask more questions. Sometimes you uncover a lot of stuff that you wouldn't have discovered otherwise.

About the Organization

Catholic Migration Services
Queens, New York

Catholic Migration Services provides comprehensive legal, advocacy, educational and pastoral services to advance equality and social justice in a changing and diverse population in Brooklyn and Queens.