Immigration/Refugee Policy Intern


Washington, DC

Internship Description:

The immigration/refugee policy intern will work with HIAS’ Washington, DC office on efforts to advocate for generous and just immigration and refugee policies. HIAS is seeking candidates with a strong interest in government affairs and advocacy.


  • Conduct research, analysis, and writing for various special projects related to immigration, refugee, and asylum policy, advocacy, and programs in support of HIAS’ U.S. and international programs
  • Monitor and report on congressional hearings, legislative affairs, and news stories
  • Assist with regular publications, such as the HIAS monthly newsletter
  • Assist with the development and implementation of local events
  • Other duties related to program development, management, operations, grassroots outreach, database upkeep, grants, and general office support


  • Undergraduate student
  • Experience with immigration, refugees, and/or policy preferred
  • Strong research, analytical, and writing skills
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task between administrative and programmatic issues, and manage time effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work independently, and strong organizational skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; bilingual a plus but not required
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications (Word & Excel) and internet research

Interested applicants should email the following information to

  • Cover letter (please explain your interest in the position and indicate semester/time availability)
  • Résumé
  • Brief writing sample (maximum 3 pages)
  • Contact information for 3 references

Applicants must currently be pursuing their degree. No calls please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Please note: HIAS internships are unfunded but we work with schools to assist students in obtaining credit or funding. HIAS operates as an equal opportunity workplace.