Hiring: Policy Research & Advocacy Intern

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Title: Policy Research & Advocacy Intern

Location: Fully Remote

Reports To: Communications & Advocacy Manager

Salary Range: Unpaid, University Credit and Networking Opportunities. 10-15 hours/week.

To Apply: Internship start and end dates are flexible, but will end no earlier than November 8, 2022, (the General election) with the option to continue in the Winter/Spring internship program. To apply for the Campaigns & Elections Internship, please submit a resume (as a PDF). Email your resume to Kaitlyn Kline Voz at kkline@voiceforrefuge.org to apply. Don’t meet every requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every qualification. At Voice for Refuge, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive workspace. So, if you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with the job description, we encourage you to still apply. You may be the right candidate for this role or others.


The Policy Research & Advocacy Intern will develop creative education and advocacy tools; compile and analyze information on public officials, candidates, and U.S. elections; and draft documents, toolkits, and resources for the organization to share widely. Past interns have assisted in the creation of educational toolkits, petition campaigns, and advocacy weeks of action. Current Policy & Advocacy Interns will be asked to research state and national refugee related policies to generate policy backgrounders and options papers, work with refugee leaders to generate toolkits, and convert research into grassroots advocacy resources and actions. Interns will also be asked to keep up-to-date on political news at the state and national level to assist the organization in releasing timely and relevant responses.


Interns will report to the Communications and Advocacy Manager, meeting virtually, 1:1 on a weekly basis and joining weekly team calls. They will also liaise with the Director Policy and Advocacy to provide research assistance and draft responses to breaking refugee related news as it arises, and they will coordinate with the Digital Communications Intern to generate relevant political content for social media and email campaigns.


  • A demonstrated strength in policy research. Must be able to quickly and accurately obtain information and write clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
  • Sound knowledge of the political process, current political dynamics, and preferably, familiarity with refugee and immigration policies.
  • Ability to convert policy talking points to educational materials for a wider audience through email and social media
  • Experience with political campaigns of any size or with a 501(c)4 organization is a plus.
  • Ability to utilize search engines; federal, state, and local government websites; news articles; and social media platforms to decipher policy positions; and be familiar with commonly used research methodologies.

Professional Qualifications:

  • A commitment to refugee success and protection is a must.
  • Must be a current student enrolled in university, but any grade level and area of study is welcome to apply given a demonstrated ability to assist the organization in this role.
  • Interns must be able to commit 10-12 hours a week in this role.
Voice for Refuge is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status