MIRA Coalition Internship Opportunities!

Community Organizing Internship

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition is currently seeking two (2) motivated Organizing Interns for the spring and summer 2015. The Organizing Intern will assist the organizing team to engage MIRA member organizations and allies in state and federal legislative campaigns and actions. S/he will also implement organizing strategies to create strong local structures to develop immigrant leadership and advance the pro-immigrant agenda.

 

Internship Description:

Applicants should be able to commit at least 2 days a week (or the equivalent). The Community Organizing Intern will:

 *   Assist with the development of campaign materials (blast e-mails, fliers, letters, endorsement forms, etc);

 *   Work with the organizing, policy, and communications teams on New Americans Civic Participation during election season

 *   Help with voter registration drives and voter registration data entry;

 *   Participate actively in the creation and outreach of public engagement events, trainings, and workshops

 *   Help to coordinate the membership process (new members, renewal of membership, etc);

 *   Other duties as assigned by supervisor

 

Qualifications: Graduate student or bachelor's degree preferred; credit offered if applicable. A minimum of 16 – 20 hours per week commitment. Passion for social change, enthusiasm for improving and building relationships within your community and diverse groups. Social Media expertise preferred.

 

This internship is unpaid but may be used for course credit where applicable.

 

Interested applicants should send resume, cover letter and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias tdias@miracoalition.org. (Earlier application is encouraged as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.) Please include in the subject line of your email “Organizing Intern.” No phone calls, please.​

 

Communications Internship

Now seeking one or two communications interns, each to work up to three days a week. The communications intern works with the communications director to disseminate positive information about issues involving immigrants and about the MIRA Coalition's work. The position involves both traditional media (i.e. the press and broadcasting) and new media (i.e .the internet). Some of the duties include:

 *   Helping plan and execute press conferences, rallies, and other events

 *   Posting on our Facebook and Twitter accounts

 *   Maintaining a database of media contacts

 *   Writing blog posts

 *   Taking photos and videos, and maintaining an image library

 *   Updating MIRA's website

 *   Organizing and editing the MIRA Bulletin

 *   Supporting Development, Organizing, Citizenship and Policy staff

 *   Performing longer research projects as needed

 

Qualifications: Strong written and oral communications skills, and familiarity with Microsoft Office applications. Graphic design skills are a plus, as is a second language. Journalism and communications majors, as well as English, social science, history, and political science majors are all encouraged to apply.

 

Please send a cover letter and resume to fsoults@miracoalition.org

 

Citizenship Program Intern

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition is currently seeking an intern to join the Citizenship Program for summer 2015. MIRA is working with legal and community-based organizations to assist green card holders eligible for citizenship to fill out their citizenship applications at group-processing clinics in high immigrant communities throughout the state. These free clinics provide immigrants the legal guidance, referrals and materials needed to successfully complete their application, pass the citizenship exam and become fully integrated members of the United States.

 

The citizenship program is looking for an intern to commit to 2-3 days a week (or the equivalent) for summer of 2015.

 

The Citizenship Program Intern will:

 *   Assist with logistics in preparing for citizenship clinics; including in-office material preparation and overthe-phone client screening and registration calls;

 *   Help to plan and execute the statewide citizenship campaign, including working with local communitybased organizations and legal service providers;

 *   Assist with three Saturday clinics in Boston and across the state;

 *   Conduct outreach and follow-up, including answering applicant questions;

 *   Assist with outreach to potential volunteers; and

 *   Other duties as requested.

 

Applicants must feel comfortable working with diverse populations and conducting outreach. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Internship is unpaid but may be used for course credit where applicable. Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to Sarang Sekhavat ssekhavat@miracoalition.org by Friday, April 10. Please include in the subject line of your email “Summer Citizenship Program Intern.”

 

Citizenship Legal Intern

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition is currently seeking a legal intern to join the Citizenship Program for the summer of 2015. MIRA is working with legal and community-based organizations to assist green card holders eligible for citizenship to complete their citizenship applications at group-processing clinics throughout the state. These free clinics provide immigrants the legal guidance, referrals, and materials needed to successfully complete their application, pass the citizenship exam, and become more integrated members of the United States.

 

This past fall we initiated the process of filing G-28s with all completed N-400s. The legal intern will be based in our Boston office and will directly assist the Federal Policy Director in the coordination, review, and reporting for client applications throughout the naturalization process. Citizenship Program Legal Internship Description: The citizenship program is looking for the legal intern to commit to at least 3 days a week (or the equivalent) for the summer of 2015.

 

The Citizenship Program Legal Intern will:

 *   Assist in application review and necessary case follow-up with applicants

 *   Manage accurate and up to date recording in database of all applications

 *   Review all communications through mail from USCIS and communicate updates to clients

 *   Meet with clients to review or update applications as necessary

 *   Attend citizenship clinics (one Saturday per month)

 *   Conduct other duties as requested.

 

Required skills/experience:

 *   Current law student or recent law school graduate

 *   Able to work in our Boston-based office at least 3 days a week (or equivalent)

 *   Comfortable working with diverse populations

 *   Comfortable doing outreach and cold calls

 *   Prior coursework in immigration law (preferred)

 *   Bilingual (preferred)

 

This internship is unpaid but may be used for course credit where applicable. Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to Sarang Sekhavat ssekhavat@miracoalition.org as soon as possible. Please include information about relevant coursework, if applicable.

 

Fundraising and Development Intern

Background and Position Description:

The Development Intern's primary responsibility is to provide programmatic and administrative support to the Development Director. We are seeking interns that have a background or some experience in the "ins and outs" of nonprofit fundraising. Interns should be interested in this professional experience for the opportunity to improve their fundraising skills at a well-respected, fast paced, statewide immigrant-serving organization. Familiarity with the areas of donor communication, marketing, graphic design, grant writing and event planning would be very beneficial.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 *   Provide general administrative assistance to the development and communications team

 *   Assist with a variety of logistics pertaining to our events

 *   Work with the Development Department to create promotional materials and communications for events

 *   Conduct web-based donor & prospect research

 *   Help strengthen constituent relationship management through database cleanup

 *   Data entry and cleanup; experience with databases preferred

 *   Conduct research on a variety of topics including: funding opportunities, individual donors, current events, immigrant & refugee-related statistics

 *   Assist in media outreach; Update event calendars; Help spread our message through social media, including our blog, facebook, and twitter feeds;

 *   Other duties as necessary

 

Required Skills/Experience/Qualities:

 *   Graduate student or bachelor's degree preferred; credit offered if applicable

 *   Professional attitude and ability to represent MIRA well through phone and email communication or at events

 *   Computer proficiency, including Word, Excel and some PowerPoint, Photoshop Adobe, InDesign a plus

 *   A minimum of 16 – 20 hours per week commitment

 

HOW TO APPLY: Email letter of interest and resume to Elsa Gomes Bondlow, at egomes@miracoalition.org with "Development Intern" in subject line.

Dates Relevant: 
Tue, 03/10/2015 - Wed, 04/15/2015