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IRAP Seeks Spring/Summer 2015 Undergraduate Interns!

UPDATE: Thanks to all those who applied! We are no longer accepting applications for this role.

IRAP is now seeking undergraduate interns for the coming spring and summer. If you’re interested, please see below for full details. Please also share with your networks!

Role and Responsibilities

Undergraduate Interns will work directly with refugees in the Middle East and assist IRAP staff and attorneys. Many applicants for resettlement are required to present documentation of their employment on behalf of the United States in Iraq or Afghanistan. Iraqi and Afghan applicants regularly contact us for help obtaining verification of their employment.

Interns will work on refugee and SIV applicants’ cases to verify applicants’ employment. They will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience, including by:

  • Communicating with Iraqi and Afghan clients to obtain documentation of their employment;
  • Corresponding with U.S. employers of Iraqi and Afghan clients;
  • Assisting U.S. employers to ensure that letters to the US Refugee Admissions Program and SIV program meet official requirements.

The internship is open to students in the spring semester or for a summer internship. It requires a minimum of ten weeks and requires at least 5 hours a week.  This is an unpaid internship, though IRAP is willing to make arrangements for Interns to receive credit. Interns may work out of IRAP’s New York office, or volunteer remotely from any U.S. location with reliable internet access. IRAP’s staff in the Middle East and in New York will jointly supervise the Interns.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Independence, flexibility, and self-motivation.
  • Strong internet research and writing skills.
  • A demonstrated interest in refugee law and human rights.
  • Experience working with emotionally challenging subject matter and/or victims of trauma preferred.

Application Instructions

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and a list of two references to info@refugeerights.org with the subject “IRAP Spring 2015 Undergraduate Internship” or “IRAP Summer 2015 Undergraduate Internship,” as appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.