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  • Women in Nepal

    Migrant Rights and Justice Intern

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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 Migrant Rights and Justice 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 Migrant Rights and Justice (MRJ) internship will be a position based in the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Washington, D.C. office. The intern will provide administrative, programmatic and logistical support to the Migrant Rights and Justice team. The intern will report to the Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Conduct research on key issues for the Migrant Rights and Justice Program.
    • Help draft materials for meetings and for the Commission’s web site.
    • Cover Congressional hearings on relevant Migrant Rights and Justice issues.
    • Attend meetings on behalf of program staff, take notes, and report back to program staff.
    • Assist with legislative and policy analysis.
    • Assist with legal research, administrative, and programmatic functions.
    • Other program tasks as needed.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES:

    • Learn about administrative and legislative advocacy efforts.
    • Understand the linkage between immigration policy and the potential outcomes for migrant communities.
    • Grasp core elements of the US policy process, including the roles of Congress, NGOs, and other parties in crafting legislation.
    • Participate in crafting influential policy recommendations and legislation.
    • Learn about key qualitative and quantitative resources related to migrant rights advocacy.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Graduate or law student with immigration, international affairs, legal, gender, social science or family law background. Note that legal/law school experience is preferred.
    • 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.
    • Applicants with Spanish language skills preferred.

    Please send cover letter, resume, and 3-5 page writing sample to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “MRJ Intern” in the subject line. Please send all attachments in PDF format.

    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

    Although this is an unpaid internship, the WRC will provide the successful applicant with a modest monthly stipend to offset related costs.

    Current US work authorization is required. WRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. WRC 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. For more information on our work at the Women’s Refugee Commission, please visit our website at http://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/