Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Research Internship with Migration Policy Institute | Stipend Available | July 1 Application


MPI provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world. Research Interns work within one of MPI's four program areas:

U.S. Immigration (link): Tracking and analysis of policies relating to asylum and refugee pathways, border management, immigration enforcement, legal immigration (temporary and permanent), legal status for unauthorized immigrants, and employment outcomes of highly educated immigrants; analysis of immigration, demographic, and economic trends; development of proposals for policy reform.

International Migration: Comparative analysis of immigration and integration policies in the areas of refugee resettlement and asylum, immigrant integration policies (including labor market integration and social cohesion), labor migration, borders and mobility, migration and development, and returns and reintegration.

U.S. Immigrant Integration: Issues related to early childhood education and care; Dual Language Learners and English Learners; K-12 immigrant education; adult education, training, and workforce development; state and local immigration/integration policy and services; and language access policy. (Full-time internship preferred.)

Latin America and Caribbean Initiative: Assessing policy responses to mixed migration flows, with a focus on Northern Central American, Venezuelan, Cuban, Haitian, and Nicaraguan flows; evaluating migration management systems in key host countries including Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia; reviewing legal migration pathways (e.g., labor and protection) within and outside of Latin America; tracking regional and international development policies; and identifying integration challenges and opportunities in education, health care, labor markets, and community building. Written proficiency and oral fluency in Spanish are required.  

Within each of these substantive areas, research intern duties include:

  • Contributing to overall MPI research efforts, including through independent quantitative and/or qualitative research and policy analysis
  • Writing paper drafts and preparing literature summaries
  • Updating online tools on the MPI Data Hub
  • Providing administrative support to MPI on migration-related events
  • Attending and summarizing congressional hearings and other relevant public and private events for MPI staff
  • Assisting with partial coverage of the reception desk and other light administrative tasks.


MPI offers communications and events internships, providing essential dissemination and other support across the Institute and with the ability to experience the breadth of its work across research areas.

The Communications Intern works with MPI’s Communications team on marketing, media tracking, social media, and similar duties, and at times with the Migration Information Source, MPI’s award-winning online journal. Strong editorial, social media, and multimedia skills are required for this full-time internship. Duties may include:

  • Crafting digital campaigns and visuals
  • Tracking media mentions and identifying news outlets for targeted outreach
  • Assisting in the dissemination of MPI publications
  • Editing multimedia audio and video
  • Researching potential authors and topics.

The Events Intern, also working within the Communications team, assists in planning and supporting MPI's private and public events and meetings. The ability to work in person in Washington, DC is preferred, and this internship is typically part-time though full-time applications will also be considered.


The Executive Office Intern works with the President and Strategic Advisor to the President on internal strategic planning, institution building, relations with MPI’s board of directors and advisory board, and also helps with administration of MPI’s internship program. Executive office interns learn about the inner workings of leadership of a nonprofit think tank, contribute to making MPI an even better place to work, and assist with research tasks for the President’s presentations, briefings, media appearances, and other projects. Applicants with administrative experience, an interest in organizational management, and part-time availability are preferred.