US Programs Policy and Advocacy Intern - International Rescue Committee



Organization Description

The IRC Public Policy and Advocacy Office advocates for protecting and aiding refugees, the displaced, asylum-seekers, and other victims of conflict. It promotes issues of concern to the humanitarian and resettlement communities. The Public 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. The US-based advocates represent IRC with legislative and executive branches of the US government, the media, NGO partner agencies and coalitions, and the United Nations.



Location - International Rescue Committee

122 East 42nd Street

New York, New York 10168


Job Description

The intern will assist the Director for US Programs Policy and Advocacy with all aspects of their work. The thematic focus of this internship is linked with current strategic priorities of the US Programs advocate. These will include but will not be limited to issues related to the protection and treatment of unaccompanied Central American children in the United States and resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States.


Job Responsibilities

  • Attend select meetings and congressional hearings on behalf of the Director, take detailed notes, and report back.

  • Assist with legislative and policy analysis.

  • Assist with research on key advocacy issues.

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

  • Other duties and tasks as assigned.


Job Requirements

  • This internship is for students pursuing an advanced degree in law (J.D. or LL.M) or human rights and refugee studies (Master’s level). Preference will be given to students who have already completed relevant coursework (which could include courses on forced migration and/or international refugee law, U.S. immigration law, U.S. asylum policy and practice, etc.) within their program’s curriculum.

  • 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.

  • Available to work 4-5 full days per week for a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer months. Preference may be given to candidates who are able and interested in extending their internship on a part-time basis through the fall academic semester.

How to Apply

Please note that this internship is unpaid. No phone calls, please. Please submit a 2-4 page writing sample with your application, preferably on a topic relating to U.S. immigration and/or global refugee issues.


Deadline - Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.