Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Policy and Advocacy Internship with the International Rescue Committee

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. 

Scope: 

Assist the Policy and Advocacy team, including the Vice President, Directors, Officers and Department Manager with all aspects of work on our priority advocacy issues. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Attend select meetings and congressional hearings on behalf of staff, take detailed notes, and report back.
  • Perform research on various topics.
  • Prepare materials for distribution during meetings and briefings.
  • Other duties and tasks as assigned.

Requirements: 

  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Interest in and knowledge of humanitarian aid and/or refugee issues.
  • 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 at least three days per week.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Will gain experience writing with an advocacy focus.
  • Will learn about complex system of factors affecting policy at international and national levels.
  • 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 gain a deeper understanding of specific humanitarian crises and the NGO and governmental responses.
  • Will learn about process of coordinating advocacy across an international NGO.

Please note that this internship is unpaid. 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 Lindsey.Novak@rescue.org.