Interested in interning with [RW!] to serve our migrant community?
Refugees Welcome! has both Intern and Research Fellow roles that may appeal to students in a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. These positions typically start in spring or fall, and run for a semester or an academic year. We also consider applicants who may be interested in summer internships. These are work from home, flexible roles, that require a minimum time commitment of 10 hours per week. Please find open positions and instructions on how to apply below.
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our internship program in centered around 4 pillars:
Mentorship – As an intern, you are paired up with one of our Executive Board Members who is an expert in a field relevant to the internship, and who will oversee, support, and guide you through one-on-one training.
Knowledge – All interns have access to training sessions designed to build and expand skills that are relevant to the non-profit field. Previous workshops include grant writing, social media marketing, content writing, and project management.
Community – As an intern, you are encouraged to attend all [RW!]’s workshops, professional mixers, annual summits, and events, and you may represent [RW!] at external events. You will also be invited to at least one Board Meeting. This helps you expand your professional network while building your knowledge of organizations aiding refugee and immigrant populations in the greater Boston area.
Impact – Our interns do not go on coffee runs or get stuck with meaningless paperwork. Due to the small size and volunteer basis of our organization, each intern plays a vital role in shaping, implementing, and carrying out our projects and initiatives. As an intern with [RW!], you gain hands-on experience, and will have the chance to pitch and run your own projects.
Intern and Research Fellow Roles
[RW!] has internships in four different teams: Communication, Capacity Building, Technology, and Grant Writing and Fundraising. These roles are most suited for undergraduate students. Those who already have a four-year degree, master’s level students, and advanced undergraduate students may apply for our new Research Fellow positions on the Research team as well. If you are interested in working on one of these program areas, please indicate so in your cover letter.
The Communication Team focuses on maintaining communication with our [RW!] Network, comprising of migrant service providers in the greater Boston area. The team is responsible for producing a quarterly newsletter, managing our social media, and publicizing our events and the events of other organizations. The team also contributes to research-based analyses for the [RW!] blog as well as our In the News and the New in Research pages.
The Capacity Building Team works to promote our mission of providing trainings to strengthen and streamline migrant services in the greater Boston area. Interns on this team help with event planning for our semesterly networking nights and training workshops and our annual intercultural events. The team also works to develop and distribute surveys to organizations to gather data about gaps and needs in the field.
The Technology Team is responsible for creating and managing information databases, our Refugees Welcome! Website, and the Migrant Service Map. Tasks include updating databases, user interface design, web development, and assisting the Communication and Research Teams with posting new content. The Migrant Service Map is currently the team’s primary project, and this involves working with our partners, MapBox and Code for Boston, to update the database, design the user interface, and monitor its user ability to identify updates.
The Grant Writing and Fundraising Team ensures that [RW!] has an operational budget for events and research and coordinates finances. Interns on this team help search for funding sources, work on grant applications, and help develop fundraising components of events.
The Research Team coordinates research on migration and service provision in Boston. Their responsibilities include writing and publications, coordinating with the Capacity Building Team on surveys and outreach to migrant service providers, and academic events and outreach to other universities. Research Fellows work on the research clusters developed from the 2018 Boston Migrant Summit and can propose their own projects that relate to [RW!]’s mission.