Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.
HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values.
HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity.
Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.
Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • (Hachnasat Orchim)
We Welcome the Stranger
Justice • Justicia • Justice • (Tzedek)
We Pursue Justice
Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • (Chesed)
We Approach our Clients with Empathy
Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • (Chevruta)
We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership
Courage • Coraje • Courage • (Ometz)
We Act with Courage to Build a Better World
Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • (Ruach)
We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience
HIAS seeks a Policy & Advocacy Intern to assist the Policy & Advocacy team with efforts to increase support among legislators for HIAS’ work and create an environment for a strong refugee resettlement program, robust international refugee assistance, and fair and humane asylum policies.
Note, this position is remote and unpaid but may be pursued for academic credit. We ask that applicants be available for 16-20 hours/week for a three month period.
- Conducts research, analysis, and writing to promote legislative and administrative reform to improve the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S., and in support of HIAS’ U.S. and international programs.
- Monitors and reports on congressional hearings, legislative affairs, external events, and media coverage.
- Attend coalition meetings on behalf of HIAS and report back to key staff
- Assist Policy & Advocacy staff and the HIAS Community Engagement team on collaborative, grassroots advocacy efforts.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
- Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in government affairs, humanitarian affairs, political science, or a related field.
- Familiarity and interest in Congress and legislative affairs.
- Familiarity and interest in refugees and immigration issues.
- Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
- Strong interest in advocacy.
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task between administrative and programmatic issues, and manage time effectively.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work remotely and independently, and strong organizational skills.
SAMPLE HIRING PROCESS:
We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:
Step 1: Submit your application!
Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter.
Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager.
Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.
Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.
Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening.
Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!
Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.
HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status.