Job Description
Job Title Summer 2014-Refugee Representation Internship (NY)
Job ID 782960
Begin Date 3/6/14
Location New York ,  NY 10001
Other Location
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 Representation 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 Outreach & Engagement, Refugee Representation. Our advocacy is informed by the experiences of our refugee clients and their pro bono lawyers.

Human Rights First is welcoming applications for Summer 2014 undergraduate or graduate interns in its Refugee Representation. We are looking for currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students with a strong interest in and commitment to human rights.  Interns will be based in Human Rights First’s New York office and will be expected to work full time for a 10-12 week period.  This is an unpaid internship. Interns will be responsible for securing their own funding or arranging to receive course credit at their schools.

Administrative Support
  • Document drafting;
  • Database maintenance;
  • News monitoring;
  • Filing; and
  • Other duties as needed.
Refugee Representation Support
  • Assist with our annual “Case Status Update” project, which requires outreach to pro bono attorneys and current or former clients about the status of their immigration case;
  • Assist staff in conducting intake interviews with potential asylum clients by taking notes, providing interpretation services (depending on foreign language ability), and writing interview-based reports with extensive country research;
EDUCATION: Currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at an accredited school.


START DATE: Late May/early June 2014

TIME COMMITMENT: Full time, minimum of 12 weeks.


Please complete the online application found at our website under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.

You will be requested to provide:
  • Resume (upload)
  • Cover letter (secondary upload*)
  • Writing sample (secondary upload*)
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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 •Fluency in one or more languages other than English (preferably Spanish, French or Arabic) to work on behalf of asylum-seekers

•Ability to communicate professionally with pro bono attorneys at major law firms in the region;

•Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;

•Excellent research and organizational skills;

•Ability to multi-task and work independently or as a member of a team;

•Demonstrated interest in human rights, asylum, and immigration issues (experience in asylum and immigration issues preferred but not required);

•Background in human rights and a demonstrated interest in law and social service preferred;

•As the program deals daily with indigent asylum seekers who are often survivors of torture, it is important that the intern be comfortable speaking and listening during times of emotional crises;
•Ability to take initiative and be enthusiastic;

•Compassion, empathy, and a sense of humor.
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