Job Description
Job Title Spring 2014-Internship-Pro Bono Promotion
Job ID 753133
Begin Date 10/7/13
Location Washington,  DC 20005
Other Location United States
Description Human Rights First is a dynamic, U.S.-based advocacy organization that has worked for over thirty years to leverage U.S. law, policy, and influence to promote human rights around the world.
Human Rights First has a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis. We focus our efforts not on making a point, but on making a difference. We know from experience that human rights progress is more durable when diverse partners work together to bring about change, so we build strategic, non-partisan alliances to support our objectives. We pride ourselves on this practical, inclusive approach. It works.      

Human Rights First values high quality work product, a collaborative and supportive work environment, respect for diverse viewpoints, creative approaches to problem solving, flexibility and adaptability of skills, accountability for results, and commitment to lasting change.

Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection Program is committed to advancing the rights of refugees, including the right to seek asylum.  We advocate for access to asylum, for fair asylum procedures, and for U.S. compliance with international refugee and human rights law. We also help hundreds of individual refugees in the United States each year to win asylum through our pro bono Asylum Legal Representation Program. Our advocacy is informed by the experiences of our refugee clients and their pro bono lawyers.

The task of the Pro Bono Promotion Intern will be to support the agency’s efforts to expand access to counsel to areas around the country where there is a high rate of unrepresented immigrants and asylum seekers. The Intern will work closely with the Pro Bono Promotion Counsel to advance program goals and strategic objectives.

EDUCATION:  Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an accredited undergraduate university.
START DATE:         January 2014
TIME COMMITMENT:   Minimum 15 to 20 hours per week, for at least 10 – 12 weeks
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  November 15, 2013. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 
APPLICATION PROCESS: Please complete the online application at:
You will be requested to provide:
  • Resume (upload) – please include any languages spoken
  • Cover letter (upload) – addressed to Allena Martin. Please include how you heard about this internship position and your anticipated start date and availability
Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.
  • Legal, policy, and factual research on asylum and access to counsel issues
  • Research law firms, local policy-makers and leaders, organizations, etc. to assist with identifying possible agency partners in the target areas
  • Assist staff with written and oral correspondence with partner NGOs and law firms; 
  • Attend various NGO-government liaison meetings and take detailed notes for Human Rights First staff, as needed; 
  • Provide administrative support as necessary 
Required Skills •Interest in human rights and civil rights issues;

•Demonstrated interest in refugee, asylum, and immigration issues;

•Excellent writing, editing, and research skills;

•Excellent communication & interpersonal skills;

•Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills;

•Capacity to take initiative, prioritize duties, and be a team player;

•Ability to handle sensitive information with discretion and to work in a professional manner;

•Previous work or internship experience in an office environment;

•Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills;

•Sense of humor.
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