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Refugee Resettlement and Asylum Policy & Advocacy - Summer Internship


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: washington
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Migration
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req7840

Job Title: Refugee Resettlement and Asylum Policy & 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 P&A team seeks a summer intern to assist with all aspects of its domestic policy and advocacy work, including policy research, monitoring of policy developments (e.g. congressional hearings) 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 resettlement 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 meetings, events, and congressional hearings, take detailed notes, and report back

  • Assist with research on advocacy issues

  • Support digital advocacy efforts on issues related to refugees, asylum seekers, and other populations of concern

  • Help draft and prepare materials for distribution during meetings and briefings

  • Other duties and tasks as assigned

Learning Outcomes

  • Will gain unique experience conducting legal 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 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 U.S. policymaking process and roles of various parties in crafting policy
  • 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, and highly qualified students in their final years of their bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply. Relevant studies include 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. Please note that the IRC is only able to accept interns who are currently enrolled as students. Post-graduate fellows are accepted in some cases.

  • Strong writing, editing, and research skills

  • Legal research and analysis skills are a plus

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

  • Graphic design skills or experience creating visual materials is a plus

  • Must be able to work productively in a team environment as well as independently

  • Takes the initiative to ask questions and prioritize tasks as needed

    Intern must be available to work 3-5 full days per week for a minimum of 14 weeks. Preference will be given to candidates who can commit to at least 4 days per week. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

    Please note that this internship is unpaid, but the IRC will provide a reimbursement of up to $25 per day for lunch and travel.

Due to the high volume of applications, we are unfortunately only able to contact candidates who have been selected for interviews. No phone inquiries please.


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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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