Archives/Development Intern


HIAS Headquarters – New York, NY

Internship Description:

The Archives/Development Intern will support the development and communications departments with research and projects related to the HIAS archives, which document over 100 years of refugee resettlement. The intern may assist with outreach and communication to raise awareness of HIAS’ historic role in resettling American Jewish families.

Since our founding in 1881, HIAS has helped millions of people to escape persecution and poverty: first Jews fleeing Czarist Russia and Nazi Germany; then Holocaust survivors arriving from DP camps; and, more recently, those fleeing the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and Iran. Today HIAS serves refugees—Jews and non-Jews—in the United States, Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, Sub-Sahara Africa, and Central and South America.

Successful candidates will be self-motivated and seeking experience in historical and archival research and/or nonprofit development and communications work. Undergraduate and graduate students in library and information sciences, history, Jewish studies, and liberal arts are encouraged to apply.


  • Assisting in researching immigration and naturalization records, writing, and compiling family history reports
  • Researching and building a database of past HIAS clients and their families/descendants
  • Conducting institutional archival research
  • Assisting with ongoing archives-related projects within the development/communications departments, including prospect research, writing, and event planning
  • Archiving site visits as needed (e.g., YIVO, the Center for Jewish History, the National Archives)


  • Currently pursuing a degree
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills
  • High degree of professionalism and attention to confidentiality matters
  • Previous archival experience is preferred but not required
  • Previous coursework and knowledge of and interest in Jewish migration, American immigration history, and/or refugee and resettlement issues is preferred
  • Proficiency in foreign languages—particularly German, Polish, Russian, Hebrew, or Yiddish—is helpful but not required
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge is preferred but not required

Interested applicants should email the following information to

  • Cover letter (please explain your interest in the position and indicate time availability)
  • Résumé
  • 2 brief writing samples (maximum 3 pages)
  • Contact information for 3 references

No calls please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Please note: Internships are unfunded but we work with schools to assist students in obtaining credit or funding. HIAS operates as an equal opportunity workplace and is located at 333 7th Avenue @ 28th Street, near the #1 subway or walking distance from Penn Station.