Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility shares information on internship and volunteer opportunities with partner organizations. Please see the links below for further information on these opportunities.


Volunteer and Internship Opportunities in NY and NJ on Refugee Resettlement @ the International Rescue Committee.

The internship program at the International Rescue Committee in New York and New Jersey provides current or recent graduates, with hands-on experience in refugee resettlement. Internships are competitive and require a commitment of minimum of 15 weekly hours, between 9-5, Monday to Friday for at least one semester. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for start every late August, January and late May. All internships are unpaid. Students entering the internship program for credit are prioritized. Those applying for the Elizabeth, NJ office may need to drive. Please visit the Internship Oppotunities and Volunteer pages for further information.


Volunteer Opportunity with Unaccompanied Immigrant Children @ the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

The Young Center provides Child Advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children in federal custody. The Young Center’s model uses volunteer Child Advocates who undergo a Young Center training, meet with a child on a weekly basis, and learn the child’s story, all supervised and supported by Young Center staff. Please visit the Young Center’s website for further information on this volunteer opportunity.


Internship Opportunities @ the American Friends Service Committee

Each year, the American Friends Service Committee welcomes more than 100 fellows, interns, apprentices, and young volunteers across the globe, including in the NYC area. Like AFSC, these advocates believe that there is worth in every person and that love can overcome violence and injustice. AFSC’s programs develop leaders for social change. They build bridges of understanding and active alliances among young people—and communities—of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Please visit the AFSC website for further information about internship opportunities.


Internship and Volunteer Opportunities @ the Refugee Resettlement Office

The Refugee Resettlement Office of Catholic Charities Community Services provides assistance to those with refugee, asylee, and certified victim of trafficking statuses from diverse backgrounds, offering case management, employment-based, and educational services that help clients find employment and feel secure in their new community. RRO also provides social services to unaccompanied minors as a part of the Safe Passages Family Reunification Program. The Refugee Resettlement Office is looking to bring on interns and volunteers who are interested in engaging in the office functions while interacting one-on-one with clients to help them work towards financial self-sufficiency. For further information on these opportunities, please see the Spring 2017 Intern Description and the Volunteer Fact Sheet.


Internship and Volunteer Opportunities @ the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project

The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP) is a non-profit alternative-to-detention (ATD) program for trans, queer, and HIV+ immigrants. QDEP offers paid summer community organizing internship positions, and has volunteer positions. For information on volunteer positions, please visit this webpage.