Externs, Interns, and Fellows
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.
IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.
IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. IRAP’s Policy and Communications Department is one of five departments (in conjunction with Legal, Litigation, Development, and Operations) and currently comprised of three policy staff and two communications staff working out of the New York City office and remotely. IRAP’s Policy Department utilizes lessons learned in direct legal services and works with creative, non-partisan coalitions to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader refugee and displaced people.
IRAP is seeking a part-time academic-year intern to support the Policy and Communications Department in our New York City office. Interns may also have the opportunity to work with other departments at IRAP. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing organization that has an impact on the lives of refugees and displaced people. Interns will gain experience in the fields of advocacy and communications for a human rights-focused legal organization.
- Conducting research into refugee and immigration policy initiatives, legislation, other public affairs, and on other projects, as assigned.
- Drafting and editing written content for the organization’s website, social media outlets, mailings, and other materials.
- Developing and designing social media graphics and other visual content, in cooperation with the Communications Director and Digital Communications Coordinator.
- Organizing and compiling data, images, and other communications materials in the contact and communications databases.
- Conducting intake interviews with potential clients, if needed.
- Working on individual projects as assigned.
Experience and Qualifications
- At least two years of undergraduate class work or equivalent work experience.
- Interest in refugee and human rights and in U.S. politics.
- Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multitask, and have excellent time management skills.
- Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations.
- Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.
- Fluency in oral and written English; ability to speak other languages is a plus.
- Microsoft Suite required; knowledge of InDesign, WordPress, and/or MailChimp a plus.
- Interns must be at least 18 years old.
This is a part-time position of 10-15 hours per week, with flexible scheduling based on an intern’s course schedule. Ideally an intern would be available through the September to May academic year, exclusive of academic calendar breaks, but semester-long interns may be considered. Please note in your cover letter whether you are applying for a semester-long or academic year-long internship.
The candidate will work in IRAP’s U.S. office in New York City.
Salary is $15 per hour, with a maximum of 15 hours per week. IRAP is also committed to working with a successful candidate on funding or school credit opportunities.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and a list of three references at this link. Please note in your cover letter whether you are applying for a semester-long or academic year-long internship. Review of applications will start on July 8 and will continue on a rolling basis until a hire is made.
IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals underrepresented in the legal profession.