Internships Available


NNIRR accepts internship applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Summer 2019 internship opportunities (unpaid) are limited, and we are no longer accepting applications. (The deadline to apply was February 15, 2019. We will continue to accept applications for other times of the year. See the application submission instructions at the end of this page.

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

Click here to read about our 2018 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 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.

Note: NNIRR does not offer internship stipends at this time.

Intern 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. Interns will help to monitor and update our immigration legislation tracker and produce timely fact sheets and updates. We are also interested in involving more students with 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.


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.

Be sure to indicate the program area of your interest.

Thank you!