Job Description
Job Title Summer 2014 Advocacy Intern-Refugee Protection
Job ID 771111
Begin Date 1/6/14
Duration 10-12 week period
Location Washington,  DC 20002-5625
Other Location
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 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 Advocacy Intern will support Human Rights First’s work on refugee issues, particularly in the areas of asylum, immigration detention, and international refugee protection. The Advocacy Intern will work closely with team members to advance program goals and strategic objectives.
  • Legal, policy, and factual research on issues related to refugees and asylum;
  • Monitor and attend congressional hearings, markups and floor debates;
  • Research legislation, legislative history, legislators’ backgrounds and voting records;
  • Assist staff with written and oral correspondence with partner NGOs and government offices; 
  • Represent Human Rights First at various NGO-government liaison meetings and take detailed notes for Human Rights First staff, as needed; 
  • Provide research  and administrative support, including participating in team meetings; weekly Asylum Working Group meetings chaired by Human Rights First;
  • Draft external communications materials, including press statements, fact sheets, or blog posts;  and
  • Administrative and other tasks as needed.
EDUCATION:  Currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an accredited graduate or law school.
START DATE:      Summer 2014 – end of May/early June
TIME COMMITMENT:   Full time, minimum of 10 to 12 weeks
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  February 15, 2014. Applications considered on a rolling basis
Please complete the online application found on our website under the ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.

You will be requested to provide:
  • Resume (upload)
  • Cover letter, including a brief explanation of your interest in the position (secondary upload*)
  • Non-legal writing sample,  no more than 5 pages. (secondary upload*)
  • Two References, one of which should be non-academic (enter online)
 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
Required Skills •Interest in human rights and American policymaking;

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

•Excellent writing, editing, and research skills;

•Excellent communication 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;

•Advanced-level proficiency in a variety of computer software applications (MS Office – especially MS Word XP and Excel).

•Savvy with social media tools; and

•Sense of humor.
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