Office of Student Success | Colin Powell School

NYC Asylum Application Help Center

NYC ASYLUM Days of action

The Colin Powell School is sponsoring three Days of Actions — on Friday, Oct. 13; Saturday, Oct. 21; and Saturday, Oct. 28. Sign up for one or more days and get paid $150/day! Participants must work at the NYC Asylum Application Help Center (located at 520 W. 49th St.) from 9 am to 5 pm. Apply by Sept. 15 in order to be considered for this opportunity. We will select 20 students to participate on each of these days.


NYC has welcomed tens of thousands of asylum seekers over the past year, and many want to file asylum applications, which will in turn allow them to apply for work authorization.  In order to help people apply for asylum, the New York City Mayor’s Office opened an Asylum Application Help Center at the Red Cross in Midtown.  The Center opened in late June and is operating in consultation with immigration legal service providers, with pro bono support from a number of top law firms, and with the help of students at local colleges and universities.  The Center supports applicants as they complete asylum applications pro se and does not offer full representation.

Interested asylum seekers are scheduled for one-on-one appointments at the Application Help Center, where trained application assistants work with the applicant to answer questions.  Experienced immigration lawyers are on site to supervise application assistants and provide guidance; interpreters are on site to provide in-person language assistance.  The Help Center is scaling up quickly, with the goal of serving thousands of asylum seekers this year.

The Help Center wants highly motivated, empathetic students to work one-on-one with asylum seekers on these Days of Action. Assistants will educate asylum seekers about asylum and then help them complete an asylum application. Each Asylum Application Assistant will be trained and will be supervised and supported by onsite Supervising Attorneys.

Program Contact

Christine Garmendiz Headshot

Fellowships and Student Success Program Coordinator

Christine Garmendiz

Program Contact

Director of Fellowship Programs & Office of Student Success

Debbie Cheng


  • Support asylum seekers in completing asylum applications, working with each applicant one-on-one to answer questions and guide them through the process
  • Comply with NYC program guidance and reporting requirements
  • Work with interpreters as needed
  • Attend two related workshops at the Colin Powell School on Oct. 3 and 31, from 12:30 to 1:45 pm
  • Complete 2-hour online training before Days of Action


  • At least 18 years old
  • Experience in completing and complying with government forms and procedures
  • A willingness to undergo training about immigration procedures
  • A willingness to work IN PERSON and ON-SITE at the Center FROM 9 AM TO 5PM on the designated day
  • Proficiency in Spanish is preferred (not required)
  • Empathy and confidentiality about sensitive topics
  • MUST pass a background check (the Colin Powell School will take care of this)


  • $150/day – must work from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Stipend will be issued about two months after Days of Action


September 15, 2023