NNIRR Internship Program



Our program provides placements for college level internships for students in undergraduate or graduate level programs. Our program offers a limited number of spots for 3-4-month, part-time (20 -32 hour), during spring and summer semesters. Interns can work increased hours during the summer, if necessary, to satisfy academic requirements.

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. In special cases, we may consider academic year-long placements.

*** Given conditions under the COVID-19 pandemic, NNIRR internships will be virtual only, until further notice. ***

Our 2021 Summer internship program application deadline has passed and is now closed. The next available internships will be for Spring 2022.


  • Spring 2022 internship application deadline: December 1, 2021. You can access the fillable Spring Internship application from here
  • Summer 2022 application deadline: February 15, 2022. You can access the fillable Summer Internship application from here

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

You can read our 2020 Wrap Up & Dream. Rise. Organize Guilding principles for 2021

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 staff and 2020 Summer/Fall interns and their work at NNIRR.


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. Interns 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 NNIRR international partnerships which include memberships in the Bloque Latinoamericano, Women in Migration Network, and other key collaborative projects for international migrant rights. 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 migrant 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, interns 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.

Communications & 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.




* We are not taking any more applications for Summer 2021. The next internship session will be Spring 2022.

Requirements: completed application form and resume to: jferrigno@nnirr.org.

Please label attachments with last name, first name and name of attachment, for example:

  • For your resume: Skala, Stella resumeFV.pdf'
  • For your application form: Skala, Stella nnirr-application.pdf. 

You can email any inquiries or completed application, resume and any other attachments to: Jennifer Ferrigno, Co-Director: jferrigno@nnirr.org 

Thank you!