Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Internships
United States (United States of America)
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. Learn more about the IRC’s Policy and Advocacy team here: https://www.rescue.org/policy.
The Policy and Advocacy team seeks two students for the role of Humanitarian Policy and Advocacy Intern.
One intern is being sought to work with the Humanitarian Aid team; 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 and aid reforms.
A second intern is being sought to work with the International team; topics that may come during the internship include a range of humanitarian crises and conflicts, such as those in Yemen, Syria, Venezuela, and the Sahel among others, as well as global trends and themes related to civilian protection, COVID-19 and humanitarian responses.
Due to COVID-19, this internship will be remote. 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 and participation in team-wide meetings. The IRC will provide a laptop for internship use in the case that interns do not have access to a computer.
• Conduct research on humanitarian issues relevant to the portfolio, such as humanitarian aid effectiveness and reform, ongoing conflicts and crises, and new policy developments and provide written analysis to staff.
• Produce a weekly tracker of press articles, reports and upcoming meetings, events and hearings related to select conflicts/crises or humanitarian aid.
• Attend meetings and events with and on behalf of senior staff, including NGO coalition meetings and congressional hearings, take detailed notes and report back.
• Draft, edit and format policy and advocacy materials such as talking points for meetings, briefs and reports for distribution to key stakeholders.
• Other duties and tasks as assigned related to research, writing, analysis, and advocacy.
• 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 advocacy and policy decisions.
• Will network within the NGO community.
• Will gain a deeper understanding of specific humanitarian crises and the NGO, UN and governmental responses.
• Will learn about process of coordinating advocacy across an international NGO.