Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF)

The mission of the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is to promote the rights of all immigrants (with a focus on the Latin American community in the Mercer County area); facilitate access to health care, education and legal representation; advocate for the integration of immigrants; and foster intercultural communication to strengthen our communities.

The Organization’s programs fall into two key areas: (1) legal services and (2) community outreach/education, which includes client advocacy, continuing education, youth mentoring and development, and the dissemination of vital, reliable information regarding healthcare, digital literacy, citizenship, financial stability, and more.

  • LEGAL SERVICES: LALDEF’s legal services are dedicated to ensuring that recent immigrants to Greater Mercer County know their rights and can access protective services and navigate the often-complicated legal systems that lead to permanent status in the United States. We are particularly focused on ensuring that the most vulnerable – including children and survivors of violence – can secure low-cost legal aid. 
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH & EDUCATION: LALDEF’s Outreach and Education programs include Adult Education, Client Advocacy, Community Organizing, and FUTURO, LALDEF's high impact mentoring program for promising high school students. The FUTURO program provides first- and second-generation Americans with academic support, SAT preparation, college application guidance, mentoring, social support, and community service opportunities.

Working within LALDEF's Development and Communications department, PICS intern(s) will gain valuable hands-on experience in both nonprofit development and community outreach strategies.


Trenton, NJ

Internship Description

Specific projects will vary depending on students' skills and interests, but may include creating and editing educational videos, developing social media posts for our community, interviewing clients, creating website content and flyers, researching new funding opportunities, assisting with grant applications and press releases, and more.

Supervised by Miranda Christ '19, PICS intern(s) will have the opportunity to learn about a range of nonprofit communications methods (both client-facing and donor-facing), as well as gain experience with approaches to nonprofit fundraising.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
8 Flexible 9:00am 5:00pm Yes No


Housing Information

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Internship Qualifications

  • Commitment to LALDEF's mission
  • Exceptional writing ability
  • Excellent attention to detail

Additional Qualifications

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English a plus
  • Experience working with vulnerable communities a plus
  • Photography/videography skills a plus 

Writing Sample Required?

Any writing sample is fine; persuasive writing pieces are preferred.

Special Requirements

  • Background Check