International Migration Research Internship, MPI – Washington, DC

An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank based in Washington, DC, Migration Policy Institute (MPI) provides analysis, development, and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at local, national, and international levels. It aims to meet the demand for pragmatic and thoughtful responses to the challenges and opportunities that large-scale migration, whether voluntary or forced, presents to communities and institutions in an increasingly integrated world. MPI seeks current college seniors and advanced-degree students as well as college graduates for full- and part-time research internships.

International Migration: Comparative analysis of immigration and integration policies, with a focus on Europe and North America, in the areas of social cohesion and civic participation, asylum and refugee resettlement, labor-market integration, immigrant selection policies, security and border management, development, and global governance and multilateral cooperation.

Research intern duties include:
Contribute to overall MPI research efforts, including through independent quantitative and/or qualitative research and policy analysis
Write paper drafts and prepare literature summaries
Update and create new online tools on the MPI Data Hub
Provide administrative support to MPI on migration-related events
Attend and summarize congressional hearings and other relevant public and private events for MPI staff
Assist with partial coverage of the reception desk and other light administrative tasks.
Foreign language skills and proficiency in key Office and other software programs prove helpful for certain projects, as do strong quantitative skills.

Internships are available on both full- and part-time basis. A stipend is offered to full-time interns and a prorated stipend is available for those interns who work part-time. Students also may arrange to obtain credit for their work. We do not cover relocation expenses. You need not be a U.S. citizen to apply; however, all applicants must be authorized to work in the United States before your internship begins.

Interested applicants should send to the following materials:

Cover letter describing your interest and research experience in migration and/or public policy issues. Also, please include the following:
–The approximate dates you are available to start and finish
–Whether you are available to intern full- or part-time
–The MPI program area(s) you are interested in (if you have a preference)
A writing sample that showcases your ability to write clearly and analytically about migration, migrant/refugee integration, or another public policy issue (up to five pages)
A transcript (either official or unofficial) from all colleges/universities that you have attended that shows classes you have taken along with class grades

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. However, hard copies can be mailed to:

Director of MPI’s Internship Program
Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

General Internship Application Deadlines
November 1 – for Spring Semester (generally January – April)
March 1 – for Summer Semester (generally May – August)
July 1 – for Fall Semester (generally September – December)

For additional information, you may contact Please submit one application but indicate the desired internship(s) and, if applicable, program area/s in the subject line. Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted.

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