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- USP Policy and Advocacy Intern, DC, USA



USP Policy and Advocacy Intern
The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

USA –  Washington, DC          

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.


The intern will assist the Senior Director and Associate 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 state and federal backlash to refugee resettlement, the protection and treatment of unaccompanied Central American children in the United States, resettlement of Syrian refugees to the United States, and global resettlement advocacy.


Attend select meetings and congressional hearings on behalf of the team, 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.


This internship is for students pursuing an advanced degree in law (J.D. or LL.M), human rights and refugee studies, Public Policy, or Public Administration programs (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 2-3 full days per week for a minimum of 14 weeks during the winter/spring months.

Learning Outcomes:

Will gain experience writing with an advocacy focus.

Will learn about administrative and legislative advocacy processes and opportunities.

Will have an opportunity to observe and interact with different NGO partners and IRC staff involved in policy decisions.

Will network within the NGO community.

Will understand core elements of the US policy process and roles of various parties in crafting policy.

Will learn about process of coordinating advocacy across a large international NGO.

Please note that this internship is unpaid. We are currently accepting applications for the spring semester or summer 2017. No phone calls. Please submit a cover letter, resume and 2-4 page writing sample, preferably on a topic relating to global refugee issues, humanitarian aid, or U.S. immigration issues to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

IRC leading the way from harm to home.
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, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.

To Apply

Apply online
here http://chm.tbe.taleo.net/chm03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=14778
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Posted on 23 January 2017
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