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Immigrant Rights Policy and Advocacy Internship

Immigrant Rights Policy and Advocacy Internship

Deadline:Mar 19, 2018
Location:Newark, New Jersey

This is a 10 week internship where the intern will work 21 hours per week paid at a rate of $15.00 per hour. We start with Orientation on Wednesday, May 30th and expect all the interns to complete their internship by the first week of August. This intern will work out of our Newark, NJ office.

 General Information:

The American Friends Service Committee’s Summer Internship Program is designed to engage undergraduate and graduate students with the world of public service and peace and social justice issues. As an intern you will work alongside AFSC staff helping to implement current programs and achieve AFSC’s mission. You will work within a framework of a work plan and learning objectives with the opportunity to participate in activities such as client engagement and in depth research. You may work directly with clients and perform in depth research. Upon completion of the internship, you will have the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate your experience.


The Summer Internships require 210 hours between the end of May and August. Schedules will be worked out with the supervisor, but generally run about eight weeks. The stipend paid this year is $3,150.00


 The Policy and Advocacy Intern will conduct research and support AFSC's various policy campaigns including the Fair and Welcoming Policy on the state level, Temporary Protected Status Permanent Residency Campaign (TPS), and DACA/DREAM Act on the federal level, and support work to counter harsh immigration enforcement activities.  The Intern will be attending advocacy and organizing meetings (occasionally on the weekend), finding and analyzing policy and research data on the internet and from AFSC databases, developing flyers, summarizing research findings, and contacting partners and AFSC community members who are impacted by the above policies. An ideal candidate should have strong interest in immigrant rights, fair speaking and writing skills, and be eager to learn and support grassroots campaigns. He/She should also be able to take initiative and work with others from diverse backgrounds. Bilingual English and Spanish is preferred but not required.




The American Friends Service Committee is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), which upholds the worth of every individual and the transforming power of love. AFSC staff members are committed to promoting and practicing nonviolence in their work toward establishing peace and social justice. The AFSC community seeks to transform conditions and relationships both in the world and in ourselves which threaten to overwhelm what is precious in human beings. The AFSC involves people of many faiths and backgrounds who share its values and bring to its work a rich variety of experiences and spiritual insights.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Organization. Qualified persons are encouraged to become involved in AFSC at all levels regardless of their religious affiliation, race, sex, sexual orientation or nature of disability.



1.Review the internship descriptions on this website.

2.Write a letter of interest indicating your preferred position, tying your skills, education and experience with the area in which you want to work.

3.Download the application as a PDF document and open in Adobe reader. Do not open directly from the browser. If you have any trouble please try to open the document in Internet Explorer. If that doesn’t work please email

4.Complete the application, and save it as “AFSC Application your name.pdf”.

5.Attach your resume; letter of interest; two references, one personal and one professional (contact information and relationship only) and the completed application to one email and send it to

Applications will be accepted through March 19 2018.  Internships may be filled on a first come first serve basis, so we encourage early applying.


10 weeks
Required Skills: 


o College or graduate student or recent high school graduate with diploma or GED.

o Able to give at least 21 hours a week to the Summer Internship.

o Good interpersonal skills.

o Ability to work well and develop rapport with people from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

o Interest in learning and applying Quaker values of peace, social justice, and equality in the work environment.

o Excellent communication skills. 

o Spanish speaking candidates are strongly preferred.  



Newark , NJ