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Humanitarian Aid Policy and Advocacy - Summer Internship


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: washington
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req7841

Job Title: Humanitarian Aid Policy and Advocacy - Summer Internship

Sector: Advocacy & Government Affairs

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Washington DC, USA

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Policy and Advocacy Team advocates for protecting and aiding refugees, the displaced, asylum-seekers, and other victims of conflict. The 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. IRC advocates represent the IRC with legislative and executive branches of the US government, the media, NGO partner agencies and coalitions, the United Nations, and international financial institutions such as the World Bank. Topics that may come up during the internship include solutions to protracted displacement, the Sustainable Development Goals, World Bank financing for refugee hosting nations, and broader humanitarian system reforms.


  • Conduct research on humanitarian aid effectiveness and reform, conflicts and crises, and new policy developments and provide written analysis to staff.

  • Produce a weekly tracker of press articles and upcoming meetings, events and hearings related to select conflicts/crises and humanitarian aid.

  • Attend meetings and events with and on behalf of senior staff, take detailed notes and report back.

  • Prepare policy and advocacy materials for distribution at briefings and events.

  • Other duties and tasks as assigned.

    Learning Outcomes:

  • Will gain experience in policy writing with an advocacy focus.

  • Will learn about complex system of factors affecting policy at international and national levels.

  • 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 gain a deeper understanding of specific humanitarian crises and the NGO and governmental responses.

  • Will learn about process of coordinating advocacy across an international NGO.


  • Available to work 20-37.5 hours per week, for a minimum of 14 weeks during the summer.
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Interest in and knowledge of humanitarian aid and/or refugee issues.
  • Solid writing, editing, and research skills with focus on details.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment.
  • 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.

Please note that this internship is unpaid, but includes a reimbursement of up to $25 per day for transportation and lunch. Please submit a cover letter, resume and 2-4 page writing sample, preferably on a topic relating to global refugee issues or humanitarian aid.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Due to the high volume of applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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