Refugees International 40th Anniversary Intern Scholarship Program
COVID-19 and Government Relations Research Intern
Refugees International is seeking students or recent graduates for the summer 2021 semester. The COVID-19 and Government Relations Research intern would join the program team and work closely under the our Vice President for Programs and Policy and the Government Relations Director/Senior Policy Advisor. They will also work closely with the Program Assistant and the Government Relations Associate.
It was clear from the start that the COVID-19 pandemic would disproportionately affect the world’s most vulnerable, including the displaced. The pandemic has exposed underlying vulnerabilities, exacerbated preexisting crises, disrupted humanitarian responses, and raised the alarm for equitable vaccine distribution. As Refugees International streamlines COVID-19 coverage into all aspects of its advocacy where it is best seen fit, this intern will help us track the way COVID-19 continues to affect the displaced, the rollout of COVAX and the humanitarian buffer, and track vaccine distributions to displaced populations.
Responsibilities include researching country-specific and regional issues, assisting with data collection and management, writing and editing, compiling updates, tracking news, and other additional responsibilities as assigned. This intern will have the opportunity to focus on a specific country/region or focus on a subset of issues that they may find interesting. Other responsibilities will also include researching topics related to the U.S. government and multilateral institutions, assisting with outreach and background materials for high-level briefings, remote attendance and readouts for virtual events and conferences, and compiling and disseminating policy/event updates.
THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL:
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate student, or have recently graduated within the past year;
- Be seeking the internship as part of the educational experience related to the program in which they are enrolled;
- Be willing to intern for the recommended 250 hours over the course of the summer internship within the 9:00am – 5:00pm EST business hours, unless further discussed and approve by their supervisor;
- Have a strong interest in international refugee and humanitarian affairs.
This is a remote position. For this summer, we will be providing unpaid interns with a stipend to help defray the cost of living and other expenses. This stipend is not intended to serve as renumeration for the services provided, but rather, again, to help defray expenses.