USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

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POSITION: Reception and Placement Intern

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants. The Reception and Placement (R&P) program housed in the Refugee Services Division (RSD) has two internship positions available. The intern will also support other activities within RSD. An internship with the R&P program provides the opportunity to work directly with program staff with many years of local and domestic resettlement experience learn about USCRI and the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.

USCRI is dedicated to ensuring a mutually beneficial relationship with its interns. USCRI offers interns a student-friendly environment and flexible schedule. Interns are provided opportunities to learn more about the organization and the non-profit sector and enhance their professional development through weekly Brown Bag presentations and mission-related film screenings.

Intern duties are wide-ranging and may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Update and analyze refugee arrival data
• Research community resources for partner agencies
• Assist in the development of network training modules
• Assist in the planning of a national network conference
• Assist in the drafting of a monthly division newsletter for dissemination to network agencies
• Conduct research in support of program grants and funding
• Assist in setting minimum standard in the delivery of community orientation across the USCRI network
• Assist in the review and submission of Affidavit of Relationship applications
• Provide general administrative support to program staff as needed

• An interest in refugee issues, resettlement, immigration, human rights, international affairs, and related topics
• Good analytical skills
• Computer literacy (experience with the Microsoft Office suite and database software preferred)
• A strong work ethic, ability to work independently or as part of a team, and ability to follow direction
• Strong proof-reading and writing skills
• Communicate effectively by telephone
• Good interpersonal skills, flexibility, and a sense of humor

• Full-time (30+ hrs. per week): $100 stipend per month
• Part-time (15-30 hrs. per week): up to $80 stipend per month
• Local travel expenses to and from the office are also reimbursed

To apply for this internship, please send the following materials to, Attn: Internship Coordinator:  Only applications received via email will be considered for this position. Specify “Reception and Placement Internship” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please!
• Resume or C.V.
• Cover letter, stating the basis for your interest in this position and why your qualifications make you the right candidate for this internship
• Writing Sample of 3 to 5 pages (this could be the introduction to a school paper, professional work for another organization, personal statement or a creative writing piece)
• Two References (names and contact information)

This internship is offered every spring, summer, and fall semester.  The deadlines for each are as follows:
• Spring: Last day to apply is December  31st; Internship begins in January
• Summer: Last day to apply is April  30th; Internship begins in May
• Fall: Last day to apply is August  31st; Internship begins in September

*Internships require a minimum 10 weeks and 15 hours per week commitment. The internship is located in the Washington DC metropolitan area, Crystal City.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is an equal opportunity employer.

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