Refugee Resettlement and Asylum Policy & Advocacy Internship

International Rescue Committee

Job Description

Requisition ID:req9737

Job Title: Refugee Resettlement and Asylum Policy & Advocacy Internship

Sector: Advocacy & Government Affairs

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Washington DC, USA

Job Description

The P&A team seeks a fall intern to assist with all aspects of its domestic policy and advocacy work, including policy research, monitoring of policy developments, and legal research and analysis related to state and federal legislation. The thematic focus of this internship is linked with the strategic priorities of the IRC’s U.S.-based programs. These include, but are not limited to, issues related to the national refugee admissions program and the protection of vulnerable populations such as asylum seekers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, and unaccompanied children. The P&A team engages in advocacy at both the state and federal level.


•Assist with policy analysis and legal research on state and federal issues affecting refugee resettlement and other U.S. immigrant populations in need of protection

•Help track and analyze state and federal legislation related to refugees, asylum seekers, and other populations of concern

•Attend (virtual) meetings, events, and congressional hearings and take detailed notes

•Support digital advocacy efforts and the state-level P&A team on issues related to refugees, asylum seekers, and other populations of concern

•Help draft public-facing content and materials for distribution during meetings and briefings

•Other duties and tasks as assigned

Learning Outcomes

•Will gain unique experience conducting research and analysis for policy and advocacy aims

•Will gain experience writing with an advocacy focus

•Will learn about administrative and legislative advocacy processes and opportunities

•Will have the opportunity to observe and interact with different NGO partners and coalitions

•Will have the opportunity to network within the NGO community

•Will learn about core elements of the U.S. policymaking process, the roles of various parties in crafting policy, and the IRC’s issue areas

•Will learn about process of coordinating advocacy across a large international NGO


•Students pursuing an advanced degree in law (JD or LLM), students pursuing a master’s degree, highly qualified students in their final years of their bachelor’s degree, and recent graduates are welcome to apply. Relevant areas of study include, but are not limited to, human rights, refugee studies, public policy, and public administration programs with relevant coursework in international human rights and refugee law or U.S. immigration law. Post-graduate fellows are accepted in some cases.

•Strong writing, editing, and research skills

•Ability to multi-task and prioritize various tasks in a fast-paced work environment

•Ability to work productively in a team environment as well as independently

•Legal research and analysis skills are a plus

•Graphic design skills and experience creating visual materials are a plus

Intern must be available to work 3-4 full days per week for a minimum of 14 weeks.

Due to COVID-19, this internship will start as a remote internship and it is likely that the entire internship will be conducted remotely. The intern may continue the internship remotely even in the event that the program is able to transition to an in-person internship at the IRC office in Washington, DC. Despite a remote environment, the intern can nonetheless expect to be fully embedded within the P&A team through a close supervisory relationship with regular check-in meetings, participation in the team-wide weekly check-in meetings, and the opportunity to work directly with a diverse set of team members.

To apply, submit a cover letter (including your availability), resume, and 2-4 page writing sample, preferably on a topic relating to refugee or immigration issues.

Please note that this internship is unpaid but includes a reimbursement of up to $25 per day for transportation and lunch.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unfortunately only able to contact candidates who have been selected for interviews.

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