(Remote) Government & Policy Internship
Justice in Motion protects migrant rights by ensuring justice across borders.
In the face of overwhelming legal and practical barriers, many migrants who have suffered exploitation or abuse at the hands of employers or government officials give up their rights after leaving the United States. Other migrants who flee abuse, violence, and persecution are unable to remain in safety due to lack of evidence to support their claims.
These migrants need “portable justice” - the right and ability to access justice across borders. Justice in Motion is dedicated to ensuring portable justice through legal, educational, and policy initiatives in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. Essential to this transnational model is our Defender Network, a unique partnership of on-the-ground human rights organizations in Mexico and Central America. Justice in Motion makes sure that wherever migrants go, their rights will follow.
The Government & Policy intern will work under the supervision of the Policy Advocacy Manager on projects that will support policy advocacy to promote justice across borders, achieve greater transparency in the temporary foreign worker visa system, and create educational materials on transnational justice for a wide audience. Justice in Motion is looking for a candidate who is seeking research and writing experience in the reform of the U.S. immigration system, including temporary foreign work visas, asylum, and family immigration/migration.
Ideal Candidate Profile:
Has an interest in federal immigration policy and worker/migrant/immigrant rights
Has access to a laptop and internet connection during work hours (core operating
hours are 10 - 4 PM ET) for duration of internship
Strong research and writing skills and attention to detail
Ability to communicate effectively in English
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to take initiative and work independently
Ability to maintain deadlines
Ability to work in a diverse and fast-paced work environment
Able to work remotely
Basic computer skills, Microsoft365, Google Drive, etc.
18+ years of age
Previous experience on Capitol Hill as a congressional intern/staff member or as an advocate with an organization.
This is an important position on a small team, and the duties will evolve over time. The primary areas of responsibility include:
Research and writing projects on unique areas of work aligning with the policy agenda, including in the subjects of:
Enhancing protections for temporary foreign workers
Preserving asylum and protection policies for migrants
Expanding support for families reunited after forced border separations
Track relevant federal legislation and provide summaries on relevant bills
and congressional hearing records.
Create policy materials such as public comments, one-pagers, sign-on letters,
and other relevant materials for Hill engagement.
Support the Policy team to organize Hill meetings, including 1-1 meetings
with legislative staff.
Provide content for communications material, primarily social media.
Collaborate with the Policy Manager to support local organizations in Justice
in Motion’s Defender’s Network to articulate policy priorities and achieve policy change.
Depending on the semester and program priorities, the intern will have the opportunity to contribute to or spearhead the drafting of reports, manuals, handouts, and memos on the above topics.
The preferred start of this role is immediate.
8-10 weeks. 15 - 25 hours a week (number of hours per week as well as start and end dates can be flexible based on candidate).
This is a paid internship opportunity. The Policy Intern will receive $15 per hour or minimum wage in their locale, whichever is higher.
Location and Travel:
Justice in Motion is a remote organization, and this position can be based anywhere in the U.S., with work hours aligned with the Eastern Time Zone. Candidates located in the DC Metro Area are preferred for specific Hill advocacy projects.
HOW TO APPLY:
Justice in Motion values diversity in our workforce and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.
Please email a resume, a short writing sample (less than 5 pages), and a customized cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org in the subject line, please write: “Policy Intern-- [Your Name].”
Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.
Justice in Motion is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.