Internships Available


NNIRR accepts internship applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. We encourage those looking for a fulltime summer internship in 2018 to begin applying after the first of the year. The deadline will be February 28, 2018. If you are interested in an internship for the Fall 2017 or beyond, please feel free to submit your application. 

Click here to read about our 2017 interns and their work at NNIRR.

We are always open to considering internships throughout the year and can often "tailor" intern tasks to meet school criteria. We welcome and prioritize intern applicants who have a passion for migrant/ immigrant rights, who are/have been involved in immigrant rights at school or in their communities, and/or who are planning to pursue studies in this arena.

Several of our member groups in different cities also have internships available. We'll be posting descriptions and application information soon.

If you are a UC Berkeley student and eligible for Work Study, we may be able to hire you through this program. Please inquire about availability of these positions with us.

Note: NNIRR does not offer any paid internships at this time. 

Intern Projects Available:

Just Borders

NNIRR is focusing on border policy and practices as part of our work towards fair and just immigration reform. The initiative include a particular focus on militarization and enforcement at the US-Mexico border, as well as advocacy for new international guidelines for human rights protections at borders. Intens will assist in research, including corporate research, news monitoring, social media, website and educational tools development.

Qualifications Required: Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus; demonstrated commitment to social justice & immigrant rights; basic understanding of immigration enforcement programs; good writing skills.

International Program Intern (2 positions)

NNIRR is actively engaged with global partners to promote the human rights of all migrants and refugees. We have two intern positions available:

1) Program support: The intern will be responsible for assisting with international communications and event-planning for our international forums and initiatives, including the Global Coalition on Migration. The intern should be comfortable working independently, communicating with colleagues and allies from varied cultures and languages, and be reasonably familiar with current migrants' rights issues.

2) Program support: Similar to the position above, this intern will support the Women in Migration Network (NNIRR is a member). The intern will assist with research, communications, updates to website and sharing through social media. 

Qualifications Required:  Fluency (written) in English and familiarity with at least one of either French or Spanish; demonstrated commitment to social justice and migrants rights; understanding of basic international migration-related issues; ability to work independently.

Immigration Policy

We will continue to monitor and engage on immigration policy, particularly with a focus on punitive immgration enforcement. Emerging from the November 2016 elections, we expect that we will be actively working to defend the protect immigrant rights during a repressive immigration policy period. We will be working with members around the country and in coalition with other groups to do public education, policy advocacy, and active mobilization of various types. We are also interested in involving more students and more systematic campus outreach and education. 

Qualifications: Good writing and research skills; comfortable communicating via telephone; ability to work independently. Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills a plus.

Detainee Correspondence

NNIRR receives hundreds of letters each year from people stuck in the immigrant detention system. This position entails carefully reading and reviewing all correspondence from detainees, compiling resources and info to share, and responding to detainee mail in a timely manner.

Qualifications Required: Bilingual in English/Spanish; commitment to human rights and social justice and demonstrated sense of solidarity with the imprisoned population.

Qualifications Preferred: Familiarity with immigrants rights issues, particularly related to detention; letter-writing skills; research skills; ability to work independently 

Office Support

We are looking for extra hands to help with general office support as well as specific campaign support. This includes light office duties, including database management, fulfilling orders of publications, copying, mailing, etc., as well as website support.

Our 2016 summer interns!

NNIRR's summer 2016 interns made an outstanding team, working on valuable projects for the National Network and for our global allies. Favianna Schectman researched, drafted and edited prospective fact sheets for our Just Borders toolkit, a challenging task that covered a wide range of issues from migrant deaths to corporate investment in border enforcement. Kristen Gardner tackled the our Immigration and the Elections initiative, monitoring candidate and party positions on immigration and producing updates and charts for our website. Rani Hanstad supported our Women in Migration Network, our global partnership formerly known as the Women and Migration Working Group. She monitored news, updated the WIMN website and oversaw a nunber of tasks as the Working Group transitioned to its new name. All the interns supported our social media work and preprations for NNIRR's 30th anniversary celebration. We are truly in debt to them for the solid work they did over the summer and look forward to remaining connected to these committed young women. (In the picture at left, Favianna Schectman, Rani Hanstad and Kristen Gardner model NNIRR's new Just Borders t-shirts.)

Download the NNIRR Intern/Volunteer application here. You can email your completed application and attachments to (preferred). You may also mail them to the address listed on the application form.

Please be sure to indicate the project you are applying for. Thank you!