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Requisition ID: req3449

Job Title: US Program Communications Intern

Sector: Communications

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in more than 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in over 25 U.S. cities. The IRC has over 11,000 employees in over 200 locations throughout the world. The Global Communications team, a part of the IRC's Policy & Practice department, oversees all external and internal strategic communications, from traditional media and social media to the website and internal communications.

Job Overview/Summary: The U.S. Programs Communications team executes communications strategies positioning the IRC as the thought and practice leader of the humanitarian sector, as it relates to refugee resettlement and protection, including Asylum and Protected Status, in the U.S. He/she will support the Manager, USP Communications and Senior Officer, USP Communications in proactive and reactive communications work on the global refugee crisis and refugee resettlement in the US. This position is based at the IRC's headquarters in New York.

Major Responsibilities: Under the direction of Manager, USP Communicationshelp support the development and rollout of a proactive communications support network within IRC's U.S. Programs office network in Spring 2019. This role will be integral to ensuring IRC remains a thought leader at the local level, strengthening local voices in local communities.

Key Objectives/Growth Goals

* Under the direction of Manager, U.S. Programs, to help build out a proactive press organization in IRC's U.S. Programs offices through a Media Community of Practice (CoP).
* Help to bring to life IRC's institutional positions, serving as a thought partner to the Manager and Senior Officer as IRC stakes out public postures in an ever-changing U.S. Immigration environment.
* Serve as the first point of contact with reactive media, helping to vet inquiries and learning the lens with which IRC weighs return on investment for media engagement.
* Provide support to USP Communications and HQ partners as needed, including press callbacks, meeting minutes and messaging support.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Manager, USP Communications

Position directly supervises: N/A

Indirect Reporting: Senior Officer, USP Communications; Director, Global Communications

Other Internal and/or external contacts: describe the nature of departments or groups the position influences or requires support from to accomplish objectives.

Internal: USP Community of Practice leads; USP Community of Practice points


Job Requirements: Must be pursuing higher education. This position is unpaid and should be executed for education credit.

Education: Pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Communications, Journalism, Digital Marketing or Related Field

Work Experience: Strong writing and editing skills; creativity, flexibility, and eagerness to learn/collaborate in a challenging external environment.

Language Skills: Spanish Preferred

Working Environment: Standard Work Office Environment.

About International Rescue Committee

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. At work in 25 countries, the IRC delivers lifesaving aid in emergencies, rebuilds shattered communities, cares for war-traumatized children, rehabilitates health care, water and sanitation systems, reunites separated families, restores lost livelihoods, establishes schools, trains teachers, strengthens the capacity of local organizations and supports civil society and good-governance initiatives. For refugees afforded sanctuary in the United States, IRC offices across the country provide a range of assistance aimed at helping new arrivals get settled, adjust and acquire the skills to become self-sufficient. Committed to restoring dignity and self-reliance, the IRC is a global symbol of hope and renewal for those who have taken flight in search of freedom.