Internships Available


NNIRR accepts internship applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you are interested in a Fall 2015 internship, please submit your application now. 

Our 2015 summer internship program is full! We are so grateful for the  applications we received from so many outstanding candidates, and sorry we could not accommodate more. We will soon be introducing the four terrific students who will be working with us this summer. 

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:

Border Justice

Over the next few years, NNIRR will be focusing on a new national initiative concerning border policy and practices.  The initiative will include a particular focus on militarization and enforcement at the US-Mexico border, and will also include 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)

1) Program support: This position will be shared between NNIRR and Migrants Rights International (MRI), an international network of migrant associations and human rights organizations, advocating for migrants' rights and promoting migrants' voices at the global level of policy-making.  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, which MRI supports. 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 and Global Migration Working Group (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 Reform

With progress anticipated in advancing positive immigration policy changes in the coming year and beyond, we are looking for interns to assist in research, campaign implementation and event organizing. 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. This year, interns working on immigration reform will also help to track electoral candidates and their immigration positions. 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.


Download the NNIRR Intern/Volunteer application here

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