• Women in Nepal

    Detention and Asylum Program Internship (Winter 2010)

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    BACKGROUND: The Women’s Refugee Commission works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and adolescents. As an advocacy organization, the Women’s Refugee Commission is dedicated to bringing about systemic changes that lead to greater respect for the rights of uprooted women, children and adolescents. The Detention and Asylum Program works to protect the rights of women, children and families seeking protection in the United States. The organization strives to effect policy change with broad, worldwide impact.

    SCOPE OF WORK: The Detention and Asylum Program (DAP) internship will be a full-time or part-time position based in the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Washington, D.C. office. The intern will provide administrative, programmatic and logistical support to the Detention and Asylum team. He or she will report to the Director of the Detention and Asylum Program.


    • Conduct research on key issues for the detention and asylum program.
    • Help draft materials for meetings and for the Commission’s web site.
    • Cover hearings and conduct research as needed on relevant detention and asylum issues.
    • Assist with legislative and policy analysis
    • Assist with legal research, administrative, and programmatic functions.
    • Other program tasks as needed.
    • Reports directly to the DAP Director.


          • Graduate or law student with immigration, international affairs, legal, gender, social science or family law background.
          • Experience/ interest in gender, asylum and refugee issues.
          • Excellent research and writing skills.
          • Excellent analytical skills.
          • Knowledge of immigration, or child welfare field and community.
          • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently.
          • Solid computer skills.

          *Candidate would ideally be available for 15-20 hours per week.

          REPORTS TO: DAP Director

          POSITION: Detention and Asylum Program Intern – Winter 2010

          LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

          TIMEFRAME: Approximately 3 - 4 months

          START DATE: January 2010

          **Please note that this is an unpaid internship**

          To apply please submit a cover letter and resume via email to:
          Katharina Obser, Program Specialist, Detention and Asylum
          E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

          The Women’s Refugee Commission 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.
          The Women’s Commission is an equal opportunity employer.