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Nicole Ostrand

Nicole Ostrand recently earned her Master of Arts in Human Rights from the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University, Thailand.  Her primary research interests are in immigrant rights and immigration policy.  Specifically, Nicole’s thesis evaluated contemporary US immigration detention and deportation policies using international human rights standards.  While completing her master’s degree she also worked as a project coordinator for a research and advocacy initiative on Rohingya rights – a largely stateless population from Myanmar.  Prior to working and studying in Thailand, Nicole spent over a year in India where she worked with a small non-profit organization that supports women and children in an impoverished area near Sarnath, Varanasi.  She also spent time volunteering in Uganda and Tanzania and is committed to promoting and protecting the human rights and dignity of migrants, refugees and other individuals living outside their state of origin.

Helene HallingHelene Halling, Communications and Development Intern

Helene Halling received a Master of Science in Political Sciences from Uppsala University in the spring of 2013, having completed her B.Sc. in Political Science and Economics at Stockholm University and Sciences Po, Paris two years prior.  Her main research interest lies within the humanitarian aspect of migration policies and border control. For her MSc thesis she conducted ethnographic field studies in Dakar, Senegal on the securitization of the border between West Africa and the Canary Islands and its effects on irregular migrants’ routes, strategies, and exposure to risks. Her research was nominated for the award most outstanding thesis at the Department of Government at Uppsala University.

Prior to starting her internship at CMS, Helene worked within refugee rights advocacy for a project run by the Swedish UNHCR and an anti-bullying organization, directed towards increased understanding of refugee rights and the welcoming of unaccompanied minors in Swedish secondary schools. Previously, she has completed an internship at the Politics division at the Swedish Embassy in Paris, as well as having worked with fundraising for several humanitarian NGO’s like the Swedish Red Cross and UNICEF. Helene is fluent in Swedish, English and French.


Jie Zong, Editorial Intern

Jie Zong recently earned her Master of Public Administration degree from Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Her research focus is on migration and education policy in the United States, specifically immigrant education, economic segregation in immigrant communities and undocumented immigration. Jie‘s graduate thesis evaluated the impact of education systems on immigrant children’s academic performance in high income and low income countries using PISA 2009 database. While completing her Master’s degree, she serves on the board of the Institute for Immigrant Concerns, an organization that provides free ESOL classes to adult immigrants from all boroughs. Prior to her Master’s degree, Jie worked at the Transition Institute where she was a research assistant working on migrant children’s education 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


Fall 2014 – August 15, 2014


Past Interns

Araby Smyth – Spring 2014
Lafelle Chu – Spring 2014
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