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Research Intern

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req7498

Job Title: Research Intern

Sector: President's Office

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: New York, NY HQ USA

Job Description

The President’s Office is recruiting for a research intern to support the President & CEO and the Director for Policy and Planning. Internship duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Research on humanitarian policy, refugee resettlement, and international crises and conflict.
  • Professional writing, such as fact sheets, briefing memos, and official correspondence.
  • Provision of general logistical/organisational support as required.

Prospective applicants will have the opportunity to work alongside passionate and talented individuals in a fast-paced headquarters environment, incorporating responsibilities that touch on all aspects of the IRC’s agenda. Working in the President’s Office, they will have the opportunity to learn about refugee and humanitarian aid policy and the management of a large INGO.

Ideal applicants will have an interest in international aid, humanitarian policy, and refugee resettlement. Previous professional or academic experience in policy research and analysis is preferred and proficiency with Microsoft Office is mandatory. A top applicant will be a detail-oriented self-starter with strong communication skills across multiple mediums, and a demonstrated ability to think critically. They must be enthusiastic and have excellent research, writing, and organizational skills.

This is a full-time position for Spring 2020 and requires a commitment of 12 weeks. This is an unpaid internship. School credit may be received depending on the program and institution.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Core Research Support
    • Assist Advisor for Policy and Planning and Director of Policy and Planning in core research, analysis and writing activities
    • Draft memos on a range of research topics
    • Summarize topics for briefings
    • Attend relevant policy events of interest
  • Core Department Support
    • Attend departmental meetings and take meeting notes
    • Prepare materials for meetings
  • Learning Objectives:
    • Intern will learn to conduct research and analysis in a fast-paced INGO environment
    • Intern will learn to communicate effectively with colleagues at multiple levels
    • Intern will learn to write high-quality products in a professional setting


  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program in international relations, development, or other relevant degree.
  • Prior experience interning or working in an organization focused on international affairs or humanitarian work, preferably for an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO).
  • Excellent organizational skills: the ability to work independently & productively in a fast-paced environment and ability to effectively see projects through from start to finish.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with a variety of people in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Flexible work attitude, proactive, and demonstrated creativity: the ability to work productively in a team environment, anticipate issues before they arise, and problem solve creatively with minimal guidance.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written is required.
  • Excellent Computer skills: proficient in all MS Office, and some knowledge of database management and website development would be an asset.

Working Environment:  Standard office work environment.


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