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General Information on Internships

Interns are essential to the work of Refugees International. RI strives to provide interns with an environment that encourages their professional development, offers networking opportunities, and increases their understanding of humanitarian issues worldwide.

Refugees International accepts a limited number of applicants for unpaid internships throughout the year. Interns should be willing to commit a minimum of 15 hours per week for 10 weeks to the internship and be able to work at the Refugees International office in Washington, DC.

All intern applicants must either be enrolled as students or have graduated in the last three months.

Internships are based loosely on the following schedule:

Winter/spring, January – April (application deadline: November 15)
Summer, May – August (application deadline: March 15)
Fall/winter, September – December (application deadline: July 15)

If you would like to apply, please refer to the instructions below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but priority will be given to those received by the deadlines listed above.

Please note: the following positions are only general descriptions of the types of internships that may be available. Each type of internship may or may not be open during different semesters.

  • General Intern
    The General intern assists the Office Manager and RI staff with both administrative tasks and special projects. General interns have the opportunity to gain exposure to all aspects of the organization. Responsibilities may include answering and transferring phone calls; greeting guests to our office; assisting with special projects; attending local conferences and seminars on behalf of the advocacy staff; and compiling News Clips to update our staff on our focus countries.
  • Program Intern
    The Program intern works closely with our advocates, who complete approximately twenty to twenty-five field missions a year, and support staff. Responsibilities may include attending local government and NGO conferences; conducting research on focus countries; assisting in the creation and editing of research reports; and providing additional front office support.. The Program intern may also work with the Communications Department to promote Refugees International through website development, media relations, and promotion of publications.
  • Development (Fundraising) Intern
    The Development intern works with the Development Department to support fundraising activities in various capacities, ranging from prospect funding research to assisting the development team with a variety of administrative tasks and other fundraising projects as they arise. Responsibilities may include supporting foundation fundraising and grant writing; coordinating mailings; supporting event planning and execution; updating donor databases; and conducting research on potential funding sources and new fundraising techniques.
  • Congressional Intern
    The Congressional intern provides support to the Congressional Advocate, who serves as RI's liaison to Congress and responds to new developments in humanitarian crises. Responsibilities may include attending congressional briefings and meetings; drafting advocacy letters; compiling news updates on focus countries; and following and analyzing proposed, introduced, and ongoing Congressional legislation.
All interns are expected to assist with general administrative tasks on an as-needed basis.

Application Instructions

To apply for an internship with Refugees International, please forward your resume, a cover letter, a brief writing sample (2 – 5 pages), and a list of three references to jobs@refintl.org. Your cover letter should clearly indicate the semester you are available and your interest in a general, peacekeeping, program, development and/or congressional internship. Please submit all materials at one time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please fill out and forward this questionnaire as part of your application.

Only those candidates selected for further review will be contacted by Refugees International.
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