The Refugee Representation intern will assist the team by providing general support. We are looking for currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate students who have a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, are fluent in a relevant second language (Spanish, French, Arabic, Mandarin and Russian, among others), want to work on behalf of asylum-seekers, and possess excellent organizational and communication skills.
We seek part-time interns during each semester (10-15 hours per week minimum). There is an expectation that the internship will remain remote. All internships are unpaid.
The Refugee Representation program works to provide indigent asylum seekers with quality legal representation in their asylum cases. The program also advocates for legal reform and policy change on issues affecting asylum seekers in the United States.
- Drafting and editing documents;
- Updating and maintaining databases;
- Monitoring news and researching country conditions;
- If intern speaks a relevant second language fluently, interpretation may be involved; and
- Other duties and special projects as assigned.
Required Skills & Education
- Fluency in a second language (preference will be given to Spanish, French, Arabic, Mandarin and Russian speakers);
- Excellent writing and editing skills;
- Excellent research skills;
- Strong attention to detail;
- As the program deals daily with indigent asylum seekers who are often survivors of torture, it is important that the intern be comfortable speaking and listening during times of emotional crises;
- Background in human rights;
- Initiative and enthusiasm.
- Currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an accredited undergraduate or graduate university.
Start Date January 24, 2022
Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week minimum.
Required Application Materials: Cover Letter and resume all in PDF.
Resume specifically stating level of proficiency in additional languages:
Beginner/Intermediate (can have a basic conversation)/Advanced (fully fluent)
Submission Deadline: December 13, 2021
Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, and developing staff from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives make us stronger and more effective.