CHIRLA was founded in 1986 on the heels of the passing of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 which helped provide legal immigration status to nearly 2.7 million immigrants.   Since then, CHIRLA has grown into one of the most prominent immigrant rights organizations in the United States.  As an immigrant rights advocate and service provider, CHIRLA is very active on social media platforms creating content that is accessed by more than 250,000 followers on a daily basis.    More than 110 people from diverse ethnicities and nationalities comprise the staff makes up of CHIRLA as of January 1, 2021. CHIRLA has offices throughout California and has a presence in Sacramento and Washington, DC.



The CHIRLA Communications Department is made up of four individuals who help shape, create, and disseminate information, updates, and CHIRLA’s perspective on current issues through original content in the form of videos, graphics, live streams, interviews, audio, and other pertinent content.   The digital media produced by the Team is intended to help, inform, inspire, and organize the immigrant community we serve.  The Department also ensures CHIRLA’s voice and that of our members is lifted by news media through interviews, press statements, and news-making opportunities.

The Communications Department Team is made up of the Website Content Coordinator, Digital Media Manager, Communications Manager, and the Director.  The Team is complemented by the volunteer support we receive from “Community Ambassadors” and Digital Communications Interns.



Length of Internship

The CHIRLA Digital Communications Internship is set up as a three, six, or nine-month opportunity for anyone interested in advancing immigrant rights through the creation of digital media content and dissemination.


Interested applicants to the CHIRLA Digital Communications Internship may submit a Letter of Interest to Jorge-Mario Cabrera, Director of Communications, at  Applications for the Winter Term are being accepted now and are being reviewed as they are received.

  • Why are you interested in the Internship and what do you intend to get out of this experience?
  • What area of digital communications are you interested in?
  • If in school, what is your area of study, and are you seeking school credit?  Do you have any experience with digital communications?
  • If not in school, what motivates you to apply for this internship and what experience do you have in the digital communications field?
  • What term are you interested in – Winter (Jan – Mar), Spring (Apr – Jun), Summer (Jul – Sep), or Fall (Oct – Dec)
  • What is your approximate commitment in hours a week during the internship?
  • Include your contact information, including phone number, address, and email.

Each letter of interest will be followed by an interview via zoom/phone with the applicant and a member of the Communications Team. Based on this one-on-one interview, a decision and placement will be made for the term requested.