INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT ICIRR:
We are always looking for talented, dedicated young people. Our internships are unpaid and competitive. ICIRR interns are expected to take on large amounts of responsibility and be flexible to contribute in whatever way is necessary (from planning press conferences to entering data). We try to make this a great experience for our interns, and we are proud that many go on to successful careers in organizing, immigration law, policy and social service.
Here’s the next step. First, please take a look at the program areas ICIRR is involved in, and decide which area or areas are most interesting to you:
Politics – Our political department runs massive voter registration and turnout campaigns, trains immigrants to run for office, and helps move legislation. New Americans Democracy Project Internships fall under this category.
Organizing – Our organizing department trains and mobilizes immigrant communities to run issue campaigns at the county, state, and federal level. We are also building a Family Support Network to help provide emergency response to families in deportation.
Policy – Our policy team is constantly watching legislation coming down the pipe at all levels of government. They also produce a wide range of issue briefs – on everything from Secure Communities to English language learning to Census data.
Immigrant Family Resource Program – IFRP is a major state program that partners with over 40 local community organizations to provide basic support services – food stamps, health care, etc. – to immigrant communities in dozens of languages.
New Americans Initiative and Neighbor-to-Neighbor – NAI is our citizenship program (identifying and preparing Legal Permanent Residents to apply for citizenship), and N2N is a growing civic engagement program that connects volunteers to immigrant-serving organizations.
Communications – Our communications team does an excellent job of getting our work into mainstream and ethnic media. We also have an in-depth on-line advocacy effort that can always use interns to help manage our membership and database.
Development – Our development team plans fundraisers, writes grants, and helps devise our strategy for funding the future of the organization.
Once you select the area or areas you are interested in, please complete the following:
- Your Resume
- A Cover Letter that includes: when you are seeking an internship, the time commitment you are prepared to make (how many hours/week, which days, etc.), any languages you speak other than English, your experience in this or related fields, why you want to work at ICIRR, and what you hope to contribute to the organization.
- The name and contact information of one reference; someone who can speak on your behalf.
Once you select the area or areas you are interested in, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Internship" in the subject line. Include the following:
1. Your Resume
2. A Cover Letter that includes:
- Why you want to work on the New Americans Democracy Project;
- The type of NADP internship you are seeking (you may select up to two), and why;
- The time commitment you are prepared to make (how many hours/week, which days, etc);
- Any languages you speak other than English;
- Your experience in this or related fields
3. The name and contact information of one reference; someone who can speak on your behalf.
We strongly encourage people of color and recent immigrants to apply. There is no age or education requirement. We especially encourage those living in suburbs or outside of Cook County to apply for a Field Internship near you--see the list of cities & towns in the Democracy Internship description.