Background: The IRC 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 expert briefings, public outreach and education, and communication with the media. The US-based advocates represent IRC with legislative and executive branches of the US government, the media, NGO partner agencies and coalitions, and the United Nations. Scope: Assist the Policy and Advocacy team, including the Vice President, Directors, Officers and Department Manager with all aspects of work on our priority advocacy issues. Responsibilities: • Attend select meetings and congressional hearings on behalf of staff, take detailed notes, and report back. • Perform research on various topics and provide written analysis to staff. • 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 humanitarian aid and/or refugee issues. • Solid writing, editing, and research skills with focus on details. • 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, taking the initiative to ask questions as needed. • Available to work at least three days per week during the spring semester. Learning Outcomes: • Will gain experience writing with an advocacy focus. • Will learn about complex system of factors affecting policy at international and national levels. • Will have an opportunity to observe and interact with different NGO partners and IRC staff involved in policy decisions. • Will network within the NGO community. • Will gain a deeper understanding of specific humanitarian crises and the NGO and governmental responses. • Will learn about process of coordinating advocacy across an international NGO. Please note that this internship is unpaid, but includes a transportation and meal stipend. Please submit a cover letter, resume and 2-4 page writing sample, preferably on a topic relating to global refugee issues or humanitarian aid to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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