The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of migration worldwide. Based in Washington, DC, MPI works closely with practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to analyze, develop, and evaluate migration and refugee policies at the local, state, national, and international level. MPI offers both Research and Editorial/Communications Internships. Since MPI’s inception, the internship program has trained over 90 future global migration scholars. Publication opportunities are available to interns and over half of MPI’s interns are now published authors in the field of migration.
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) seeks undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates for full- and part-time Research Internships. Interns provide support to MPI researchers in one or multiple of the following program areas:
Labor Markets Initiative: The economics of immigration, including immigrants' economic performance and immigration's impact on the labor market in the U nited S tates and in other Organi zation for Economic Co operation and Development (OECD) countries.
Transatlantic Council on Migration: European immigration and integration policies in the areas of citizenship and civic participation, economic growth and competitiveness, religion and public life, mobility and security, and migration and development.
US Immigrant Integration: K-12 immigrant education, adult language and literacy, state and local immigration regulation, binational (US-Mexico) immigrant integration initiatives, and employment and workforce development.
US Immigration: Current and proposed state and federal immigration legislation, effect of changes in immigration law and policy, and prospects for immigration reform. Although MPI's work is fluid and research topics may change quickly, research is currently needed on birthright citizenship, immigrant detention, and access to asylum issues.
Regional Migration Study Group: Research relating to Mexico and Central America, including analysis of the regional relationship and regional migration policies, border systems and security, immigrant integration, social and education policy, labor market issues, and migration and development.
Within each of these substantive areas, Research Intern duties include:
Contribute to overall MPI research efforts, including through independent quantitative and/or qualitative research and policy analysis
Update existing MPI databases, including the Data Hub
Provide administrative support to MPI on migration-related events
Assist in the production and dissemination of MPI publications
Foreign language skills and computer proficiency prove helpful for certain projects, as do strong quantitative skills.
Electronic submissions are strongly preferred. However, hard copies can be mailed to:
Director of MPI's Internship Program Migration Policy Institute 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036
For additional information, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the desired internship(s) and, if applicable, program area in the subject line. Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Applications deadlines are:
November 15 - for Spring Semester
March 15 - for Summer Semester
July 15 - for Fall Semester
Internships are unpaid, but stipends are available for full-time interns. Students also may arrange to obtain credit for their work.
For all positions, applicants must be at least a Junior in college, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
You need not be a US citizen to apply; however, all applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Minority applicants and/or applicants from immigrant or refugee backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.