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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: MIGRATION POLICY INSTITUTE (MPI)

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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: Washington, D.C.

Sector: Non-profit, Think Tank

Start Date: Fall (September – December) 2019

Wage or benefits: Internships are available on both full- and part-time basis. A stipend is offered to full-time interns and a prorated stipend is available for those interns who work part-time. Students also may arrange to obtain credit for their work. We do not cover relocation expenses.

Time Commitment: The MPI internship program lasts for four months and is divided into three cycles over the course of the year. There is some flexibility in internship start and end dates, but Fall semester generally runs from September through December. Internships are available on both full- and part-time basis.

Desired Class Year: Open to college seniors and graduate students

Desired Major or Interest: Open to all majors

Application Deadline: July 1, 2019

Organization website: https://www.mpac.org/

Brief Description of the organization:

An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank based in Washington, DC, 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. MPI seeks current college seniors and advanced-degree students as well as college graduates for full- and part-time research internships. Interns provide support to MPI researchers in one or more of the following program areas:

U.S. Immigration: Assessment of border enforcement efforts, current and proposed state and federal immigration legislation, effect of changes to immigration law and policy, and prospects for immigration reform.

U.S. Immigrant Integration: 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.

U.S. Immigration and Human Services: Issues concerning refugee resettlement, unaccompanied children, and public charge; immigration issues in child welfare; and the impacts of immigration enforcement on human services programs and policies.

International Migration: Comparative analysis of immigration and integration policies, with a focus on Europe and North America, in the areas of social cohesion and civic participation, asylum and refugee resettlement, labor-market integration, immigrant selection policies, security and border management, development, and global governance and multilateral cooperation.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to overall MPI research efforts, including through independent quantitative and/or qualitative research and policy analysis
  • Write paper drafts and prepare literature summaries
  • Update and create new online tools on the MPI Data Hub
  • Provide administrative support to MPI on migration-related events
  • Attend and summarize congressional hearings and other relevant public and private events for MPI staff
  • Assist with partial coverage of the reception desk and other light administrative tasks.

Foreign language skills and proficiency in key Office and other software programs prove helpful for certain projects, as do strong quantitative skills.

For all positions, applicants must be at least a senior in college, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Minority applicants and/or applicants from immigrant or refugee backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

You need not be a U.S. citizen to apply; however, all applicants must be authorized to work in the United States before your internship begins. Since MPI is not designated by the U.S. Department of State to be an exchange visitor sponsor, we will not be able to provide you with the supporting documents to apply for foreign worker (H-1B), exchange visitor (J-1), trainee (H-3), or foreign student (F-1) visas.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should send to internship@migrationpolicy.org the following materials:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover letter describing your interest and research experience in migration and/or public policy issues. Also, please include the following:
    • The approximate dates you are available to start and finish
    • Whether you are available to intern full- or part-time
    • The MPI program area(s) you are interested in (if you have a preference)
  • A writing sample that showcases your ability to write clearly and analytically about migration, migrant/refugee integration, or another public policy issue (up to five pages)
  • A transcript (either official or unofficial) from all colleges/universities that you have attended that shows classes you have taken along with class grades

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. However, hard copies can be mailed to:

Director of MPI's Internship Program

Migration Policy Institute

1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20036

For additional information, you may contact internship@migrationpolicy.org. Please submit one application but indicate the desired internship(s) and, if applicable, program area/s in the subject line. Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls please.

See https://www.migrationpolicy.org/about/internships for more details.

This is an unpaid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

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