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Policy and Advocacy Internship, US Programs

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Company/Organization: International Rescue Committee


The IRC Public Policy and Advocacy Office advocates for protecting and aiding refugees, the displaced, asylum-seekers, and other victims of conflict. It promotes issues of concern to the humanitarian and resettlement communities. The Public Policy and Advocacy team carries out, coordinates, and provides guidance on a wide variety of domestic and international advocacy initiatives, including expert briefings, public outreach and education, and communication with the media. The US-based advocates represent IRC with legislative and executive branches of the US government, the media, NGO partner agencies and coalitions, and the United Nations.

The intern will assist the US Programs advocacy team with all aspects of their work. The thematic focus of this internship is linked with current strategic priorities of the US Programs advocate. These will include but will not be limited to issues related to state and federal backlash to refugee resettlement, the protection of immigrant populations like Dreamers and Central American children, and global resettlement and protection advocacy.

• Attend select meetings and congressional hearings on behalf of the team, take detailed notes, and report back.
• Assist with legislative and policy analysis.
• Assist with research on key advocacy issues.
• Help draft and prepare materials for distribution during meetings and briefings.
• Help track federal legislation related to refugees, asylum seekers, and other populations of concern.
• Other duties and tasks as assigned.

• This internship is for students pursuing an advanced degree in law (J.D. or LL.M), human rights and refugee studies, Public Policy, or Public Administration programs (Master’s level). Preference will be given to students who have already completed relevant coursework (which could include courses on forced migration and/or international refugee law, US immigration law, US asylum policy and practice, etc.) within their program’s curriculum.
• Solid writing, editing, and research skills with focus on details.
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment.
• Graphic design skills or experience creating visual materials is a plus.
• Solid computer skills: must be able to work effectively and accurately with MS Outlook, Word, Excel, email, and internet applications.
• Flexible work attitude: must be able to work productively in a team environment as well as under minimal supervision taking the initiative to ask questions as needed.
• Available to work at least 20 hours (2.5 days) per week, for a minimum of 14 weeks during the Spring semester.

Learning Outcomes:
• Will gain experience writing with an advocacy focus.
• Will learn about administrative and legislative advocacy processes and opportunities.
• Will have an opportunity to observe and interact with different NGO partners and IRC staff involved in policy decisions.
• Will network within the NGO community.
• Will understand core elements of the US policy process and roles of various parties in crafting policy.
• Will learn about process of coordinating advocacy across a large international NGO.

Please note that this internship is unpaid, but includes a transportation and meal stipend. Please submit a cover letter, resume and 2-4 page writing sample, preferably on a topic relating to refugee or immigration issues, to Anastasia.Moran@rescue.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Paid Internship Info:



20 hours/ week over 2.5 days


14 weeks

Start Date:


End Date:

12/22/17, 05/01/17

policy  advocacy  research  writing  humanitarian  refugees   
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