Current Interns

LafelleCommunications and Development: Lafelle Chu
Lafelle Chu is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in International Affairs at the Milano School, The New School. Her main interests are in minority rights and urban poverty issues. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Business Administration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and has had experiences studying abroad in England, France and South Korea.  Lafelle has spent three years working in a multinational culinary company in a sales and marketing role. She was in charge of both online and offline communication, formulating marketing strategies for the company, leading brand rejuvenation campaign, and working closely with sales team to achieve sales target. Apart from work, she regularly participates in community services and enjoys writing as a hobby.

A_SmythEditorial: Araby Smyth

Araby Smyth is a student in the Master of Arts program in Geography and Geography Information Science at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Her research focus is on migration and labor in the Americas, specifically remittance investment in alternative economies in Central America and the Caribbean. Araby has studied and traveled in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, France, Guatemala, and Haiti. In 2010 she co-authored an article for Princeton Architectural Press about cultural considerations that should be taken when reconstructing housing in Port-au-Prince after the earthquake. Prior to her Master’s degree, Araby earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hunter College and was the Director of Operations for two Brooklyn restaurants where she was a leading advocate for immigrant and food-service workers’ rights.

Internship Applications

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 for the following roles:

Communications and Development Intern

The Communications and Development intern will primarily assist the Communications Coordinator.  The successful candidate will be familiar with migration-related issues and current migration-related news and events.  Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing and contributing to CMS’s online communications and social media marketing, including maintaining CMS’s social media networks (Facebook and Twitter) and potentially contributing blog posts for the CMS website;
  • Organizing and marketing CMS programs, specifically CMS dialogues, conferences, and other convenings;
  • Producing and disseminating press releases and other external relations materials;
  • Researching and formulating development strategies;
  • Updating and maintaining development databases, including contacts database (SalesForce);
  • Attendance and follow-up summaries of UN and other external events for CMS staff; and
  • Researching various constituency outlets (e.g. media, scholars, policymakers, etc.) and developing distribution lists for targeted outreach.

Editorial Intern

The Editorial intern will primarily assist the Research Coordinator with management of the editorial process of the Center for Migration Studies’ new public policy publication, the Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS).  Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Fact-checking, copy and style editing and cite-checking of submissions made to JMHS as well as various CMS reports and publications;
  • Researching and identifying potential authors and peer reviewers based on content knowledge of migration policy issues and scholarship;
  • Participating in the development and curation of topics within the Journal’s thematic areas of focus;
  • Assisting in marketing and dissemination of the publication and calls for papers;
  • Assisting with building readership of the publication through identification of key constituents including scholars, public officials, faith communities, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, corporate leaders and others; and
  • Assisting with utilization of tools and indices for measuring scholarly impact of the publication, including interpretation and reporting of data.

All interns will have the opportunity to conduct substantive research and/or writing assignments on a variety of international and domestic migration issues.  However, they will also be expected to perform administrative duties and other routine operations. 


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, but academic credit may be available.  For internships during the academic year, preference will be given to candidates that can commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week for approximately 4-6 months.  For summer internships, interns must commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for approximately 3 months.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages) by the appropriate deadline to Rachel Reyes, Communications Coordinator, at


Summer 2014: April 1, 2014


Past Interns

Juliane Eichblatt – Fall 2013
Caitlin Ringwood – Summer / Fall 2013
Min Kim – Summer 2013
Zoe Stopak-Behr – Summer 2013
Julia Yang – Spring 2013, Summer 2013
Catalina Blanco Buitrago – Spring 2013
John Corgan – Spring 2013
Effrosyni Rantou – Fall 2012
Kateryna Ustymenko – Spring / Fall 2012
James Campbell – Spring 2012