Advocacy Intern
International Rescue Committee - Washington, DC

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

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 lobbying, briefings, public outreach and education, and communication with the media. The team represents IRC with legislative and executive branches of the US government, the media, NGO partner agencies, and the United Nations in Washington, DC and New York.

Scope:
Assist the Advocacy Officers with all aspects of work on advocacy issues in priority countries.

Responsibilities:
Attend select meetings and congressional hearings on behalf of the Advocacy Officer, take detailed notes, and report back to the Advocacy Officer.

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 the current political situation and humanitarian needs in Asia and Africa. Prior course work and/or field experience in the above regions desirable.

Solid writing, editing, and research skills.

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.

Available to work at least 3 days a week.

Internship duration: 4 months (January to April / May)

Please note that this internship is unpaid. No phone calls, please.

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The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their...