Government Relations Intern

USCRI is looking for a Government Relations intern who is interested in pursuing an opportunity to support our efforts on immigration and refugee issues and assist in the development of advocacy initiatives that are crucial to the operations of a national nonprofit organization. As the Government Relations intern, you will accompany Government and Community Relations staff to Capitol Hill, perform advocacy research, prepare briefing packets for advocacy meetings, composing action alerts, and other public policy tasks. This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. The Government Relations intern will learn how to take his or her knowledge and skills from the classroom and directly apply them to our work environment. The intern will assist under the direction of our Director of Government and Community Relations.

You Will Learn How To:

  • Research members of Congress and think critically about our Network in order to influence them
  • Meet with Congressional staff
  • Become articulate regarding refugees/immigrants and current US policy/issues
  • Use branding to determine social media choices
  • Monitor immigration and refugee related legislation of interests to the organization
  • Compose advocacy alerts and letters


What We Are Looking For:

  • Background or Strong interest on refugee/immigration issues and political advocacy
  • Graduate-level student strongly preferred, but open to consider applicants with equivalent field experience (legislative research, public policy, and advocacy)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Organized, with an ability to multi-task various projects and prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • Detail-oriented, with the ability to work independently on assigned projects
  • Knowledge of legislative processes is a plus
  • Strong work ethic and professional demeanor

USCRI is dedicated to ensuring a mutually beneficial relationship with its interns. We value all of our interns and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career interests and goals. You will gain a better understanding of the role of a Government and Community Relations department in a non-profit organization. In addition, you will learn how to assist our staff in a professional environment. Interns are also provided opportunities to learn more about the organization, our department leaders and other professionals in the non-profit sector, and enhance your professional development through weekly Brown Bag presentations and mission-related film screenings.

Internship Details:

This internship begins September 5, 2017 and requires a 20 hour per week commitment. USCRI internships require a minimum of 20 hours per week and interns may not be in the office more than 8 hours per day. The internship is located in Crystal City-Arlington, VA, 15 minutes from DC.


  • Part-time (20-30 hrs. per week): up to $160 stipend per month
  • Full-time (30-40): $240 stipend per month
  • Local travel expenses to and from the office are also reimbursed, up to a maximum of $20 per day

Application Instructions:
To apply for this internship, please send the following materials to Only applications received via email will be considered for this position. Specify “Government Relations Intern” and your name in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please!

  • Resume or C.V.
  • Cover letter, stating the basis for your interest in this position and why your qualifications make you the right candidate for this internship
  • Two References (names and contact information only)

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