President’s Office Policy Research Intern
New York City (United States of America)
Background: The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster, and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 20 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
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.
•Additional departmental 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. Interns will receive management and mentorship in the form of one-to-one training and skills-building meetings with their direct supervisor on a weekly basis and team-wide meetings multiple times per week.
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 position is for fall 2021 and requires a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. This is an unpaid internship. School credit may be received depending on the program and institution.
•Core Research Support
oAssist Advisor for Policy and Planning and Director of Policy and Planning in core research, analysis and writing activities
oDraft memos on a range of research topics
oSummarize topics for briefings
oAttend relevant policy events of interest
•Core Department Support
oAttend departmental meetings and take meeting notes
oPrepare materials for meetings
•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, including briefing memos
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Director for Policy and Planning
Indirect Reporting: President & CEO, Director for Policy and Planning