Internships at MIRA

General Description:

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), a statewide membership-based non-profit organization, advocates for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees across the Commonwealth. MIRA has a membership of over 130 organizations across Massachusetts, and works with hundreds of partners and allies across the state by offering policy analysis and advocacy, training and leadership development, institutional organizing, and strategic communications.

All internships are unpaid. Where applicable, we will gladly assist in any requirements that would qualify an eligible intern for course credit.  Interns should expect to work 2 to 3 days per week (or the equivalent). Click "Read more: Internships at MIRA" below to read a description of internship positions.

Citizenship Program Intern. There are no openings for citizenship program interns at this time.

Citizenship Legal Intern. There are no openings for citizenship legal interns at this time.

Community Organizing Intern. There are no openings for community organizing interns at this time.

Communications Intern. There are no openings for communications interns at this time

Legislative Affairs Intern. There are no openings for legislative affairs interns at this time.

Fundraising and Development Intern. There are no openings for fundraising and development interns at this time.

Accounting Intern. There are no openings for accounting interns at this time.

 

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTIONS:

Citizenship Program Internship

NO CURRENT OPENINGS

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition is currently seeking an intern to join the Citizenship Program.  MIRA’s Citizenship Program assists Lawful Permanent Residents across the state fill out their citizenship applications at group-processing clinics. These free clinics provide immigrants the legal assistance, 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 a minimum of 2-3 days a week, but ideally fulltime. The Citizenship Program Intern will:

  • Assist with logistics in preparing for citizenship clinics; including in-office material preparation and over-the-phone client screening and registration calls;
  • Help with planning and executing the statewide citizenship campaign; including working with local community-basedorganizations and legal service providers;
  • Assist with 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Federal Policy Director, with "Citzenship internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please.


Citizenship Program Legal Internship

NO CURRENT OPENINGS

Citizenship Legal Intern The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition is currently seeking a legal intern to join the Citizenship Program.  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.

Because MIRA files G-28s with completed N-400s, the legal intern will be based in our Boston office and will be directly assisting 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 2-3 days a week minimum, but ideally fulltime. 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.
  • Current law student or recent law school graduate
  • Able to work in our Boston-based office at least 2 days a week (or equivalent)
  • Comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Comfortable doing outreach and cold calls
  • Prior coursework in immigration law (preferred)

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

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Federal Policy Director with "Citzenship legal internship" in the subject line. No phone calls please. 

 

Community Organizing Internship

NO CURRENT OPENINGS

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition is currently seeking one motivated Organizing Intern for the fall 2016 semester or the full 2016 - 2017 academic year. MIRA is a statewide membership organization that advocates for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees across the Commonwealth. MIRA advances this mission through education and training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy.

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) throughout the semester or full academic year. The Community Organizing Intern will:

  • Work with the organizing, policy, and communications teams on advocacy efforts to move forward legislative priorities of members;
  • Assist with the development of campaign materials (blast e-mails, fliers, letters, endorsement forms, etc);
  • 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);
  • Receive extensive guidance and access to participate in any and all MIRA trainings; 
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Required skills/experience:

  • Interest in and commitment to immigrant and non-immigrant integration in your community.
  • Graduate student,bachelor's degree or college juniors and seniors preferred; credit offered if applicable
  • Professional attitude and ability to represent MIRA well through phone and email communication and at events
  • A minimum of 16 – 20 hours per week commitment
  • Passion for social change, enthusiasm for improving and building relationships within your community.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Organizing Director. with “Organizing Intern” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.​

 

Communications / Social Media Internship

The communications intern works with the Communications Director to disseminate positive messages about immigrants, as well as 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 social media as well other online media channels, including video.

  • Maintaining and expanding MIRA's social media presence, incl. regular postings on MIRA's Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Writing blog posts and developing infographics about current issues related to immigrants and immigrations
  • Maintaining a database of media contacts
  • Helping plan and execute press conferences, rallies, and other events by contacting reporters and managing other logistics
  • Taking photos and videos, and maintaining an image library
  • Assisting the communication director in updating MIRA's website
  • Organizing and editing MIRA's e-mail newsletter
  • Performing longer research projects as needed

Qualifications: Strong written and oral communications skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office applications and major social media platforms. 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.

 

Fundraising and Development Intern

NO CURRENT OPENINGS

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:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student interested in supporting the premiere statewide organization working for the rights of immigrants and refugees should consider applying; 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 12 – 20 hours per week commitment

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Development Coordinator, with "Fundraising and Development Intern" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.​

 

Legislative Affairs Internship

NO CURRENT OPENINGS

The State Policy Intern will report to the Director of Legislative Affairs and will work primarily on campaigns surrounding state-level legislation and policies, with some opportunities for local and federal advocacy. MIRA advocates at the local, state and federal levels for legislation and policies that protect immigrants' rights and advance immigrant integration. 

Applicants should be able to commit at least 2 days a week (or the equivalent) throughout the semester or full academic year. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct policy research, including comparative research from other states, to support state legislative campaigns.
  • Produce campaign materials, including materials to support public education and engagement.
  • Attend campaign strategy meetings and assist in the coordination of campaign coalitions.
  • Meet with legislators and officials to help advocate for MIRA policy priorities.
  • Conduct other duties as requested.

Required skills/experience:

  • Current law student or graduate student in public policy or social work or recent graduate holding a J.D., M.P.P. or M.S.W.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in immigration policy.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Professionalism, flexibility and initiative.
  • Social media expertise preferred.

Bilingual applicants and those with health policy experience strongly encouraged to apply.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Legislative Affairs, with "Legislative affairs intern" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.​

 

Accounting Internship

NO CURRENT OPENINGS

The Accounting Intern's primary responsibility is to provide operational support to the Financial Administrator. We are seeking an intern that has a strong interest in nonprofit accounting. Interns should be interested in this professional experience for the opportunity to gain experience in accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, prepaids, budgeting, month-end closing and auditing.

The internship is unpaid. Where applicable, we will gladly assist in any requirements that would qualify an eligible intern for course credit. Interns should expect to work at least 15 hours per week during the Fall semester, with an option to continue in the Spring. Preferred work days are Monday, Tuesday and/or Thursday. The internship start and end dates are flexible.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Enter invoices into QuickBooks by class and process payments on a weekly basis
  • Enter payment receipts via checks and credit card into QuickBooks
  • Make bank runs for deposits of checks
  • Reconcile Accounts Receivable
  • Work with Financial Administrator to close out the month by providing updates to prepaid schedules, monthly payments to vendors, accruals, and payroll and liability entries into QuickBooks by class, etc.
  • Prepare audit schedules and assemble documentation, as needed
  • Perform administrative duties as needed, filing, mailing, shredding, etc.
  • Perform other duties as necessary

Required skills/experience:

  • Undergraduate student with a major in Accounting and a strong interest in nonprofits
  • Computer proficiency, including Word, Excel; Quickbooks experience preferred
  • A minimum commitment of 15 plus hours per week.

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

Interested applicants should send resume and cover letter a to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Financial Administrator, with "Accounting intern" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.​ Hard copies can be mailed to: Jenna Henderson, MIRA Coalition, 105 Chauncy Street, #901, Boston, MA 02111, or faxed to [[tel:617-350-5499|617-350-5499]], attn: Jenna Henderson.

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