Zoe Stopak-Behr is a first year graduate student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and holds a B.A. in American Studies from Dickinson College. In addition to her work with the Center for Migration Studies, Zoe currently acts as Managing Editor for the Journal of International Affairs and provides research assistance to the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute. Prior to her graduate studies, Zoe spent five years with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), most recently serving as Operations and Reporting Officer for IOM Santo Domingo. Prior to this post Zoe acted as External Relations Liaison for IOM Washington and participated in the Emergency Response team stationed on the Haiti-Dominican Republic border immediately following the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince.
Julia Yang is a recent graduate of Oxford University where she read for a Master of Science (M.Sc) in Migration Studies. Her dissertation aimed to link theories of citizenship with domestic migrant workers and their social and political movements in the United States. To that end, she focused on the events that led to the passage of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in New York State in 2010. Outside of the classroom, Julia regularly volunteered for local non-profit charities, such as the Oxford Food Bank and Asylum Welcome.
Prior to her studies, Julia worked at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a national civil rights organization based in her hometown – New York City. She helped coordinate AALDEF’s largest multi-state exit poll of Asian American voters during the 2008 presidential elections and organized its 2010 Census outreach campaign in ten states. Julia’s research interests include: the role of social media in facilitating movement building among immigrant workers worldwide, flexible citizenship and civic engagement among immigrants, and the intersection between refugee resettlement and human rights.
The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) is a New York-based educational institute devoted to the study of migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants and newcomers. CMS produces several publications, offers educational events and seminars, and maintains an extensive archive of migration-related documents and photographs. CMS’s signature publication, the International Migration Review (IMR), is the leading social science journal in the immigration field.
CMS is seeking highly qualified and dedicated graduate students to perform a wide range of activities, including: managing social media networks, co-organizing meetings, dialogues and other events, updating and maintaining development databases, administrative duties and other day-to-day operations. Interns will also have the opportunity to research and write on a variety of international and domestic migration issues.
Candidates must be enrolled or have recently completed a graduate studies program. Potential candidates must have excellent written and spoken communication skills, outstanding organizational skills and the ability to work independently. Ideal candidates should also be passionate about migration, refugee and population issues.
Internships are unpaid. For Spring and Fall internships, interns must commit to at least ten (10) hours per week for approximately three (3) months. For Summer internships, interns must commit to at least fifteen (15) hours per week for approximately (3) months.
How to Apply:
- Applications for the Fall 2013 semester are due by July 1, 2013 and decisions will be made by early-August 2013.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample to Rachel Reyes, Communications Coordinator at email@example.com.
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