NNIRR Internship Program


NNIRR's 2020 SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED! We will post Summer 2021 internship application information in early fall 2020.

Email us if you are interested in participating in a Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 internship: jferrigno@nnirr.org

Our internship program has a limited number of spots for 3-month, part-time (20 -32 hour) University level internships for students in undergraduate or graduate programs. The internship placements can be located out of our offices in Oakland, CA and El Paso, TX, or they can be virtual placements depending on circumstances. While our internship program is unpaid at this time, we encourage students to seek stipends or scholarships from their academic institution.

Our 2020 Summer internship program deadline has passed and is now closed. We will post internship applications for Summer 2021 in September so check back! Deadline for Summer 2021: February 15, 2021. 

 ** Please note, we are not able to accept international students who are not already based in the U.S. at this time. ** 

Click here to read an update of NNIRR's activities in 2019 and plans for 2020.

Click here to read an update of NNIRR's activities in 2018. 

Click here to read about our 2019 Summer 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, email both jferrigno@nnirr.org & amaquitico@nnirr.org if you are interested in Spring/Fall semester options. 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 are planning to pursue studies in this arena. You can fill out the Fall/Spring Internship application here.


Internship Program Areas


Just Borders

NNIRR continues to highlight border policy and practices as part of our work towards fair and just immigration reform. Our Just Borders initiative includes a focus on militarization and enforcement at the US-Mexico border, as well as advocacy on 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

NNIRR is actively engaged with global partners to promote the human rights of all migrants and refugees. Intern work areas include: 

1) Program support: Assistance with research, news monitoring and updates, communications and event-planning for our international forums and initiatives, including the Global Coalition on Migration. A focus this summer will be on advocacy for the UN Global Compact 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 work above, interns 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 immigration enforcement. Considering the repressive and restrictive immigration positions and policies of the Trump Administration, we are actively working on a range of issues. 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. As this is an election year, nterns will help to monitor and update our candidate positions on immigration, and support the development of voter education guide on the topics of immigration and refugee policy, human rights and intersectional issues. 

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

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, filing, mailing, etc., as well as website and social media communications support.




Download the NNIRR Intern/Volunteer application for Spring or Fall Semester here.

Summer 2021, please send application form with resume by Feb. 15, 2021.

NOTE: The 2020 Summer Internship Application process is now closed! We will post Summer 2021 application in early fall 2020.

You can email any inquiries or completed application and attachments to jferrigno@nnirr.org 

Thank you!