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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 individuals for the following roles:

  • Archives Intern
  • Communications Intern
  • Program Intern

Archives Intern

Through its Archives, CMS provides vital information to researchers pursuing topics ranging from the experience of immigrants to the forces shaping the environment in which immigration takes place. Consisting of over 100 collections, the CMS Archives documents the immigrant experience from the mid-19th to the 21st century, in many communities in the eastern half of North America, from the Quebec province of Canada to Venezuela.

The CMS Archives Intern will primarily assist the Archivist.

Responsibilities

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Digitizing print collections
  • Processing and cataloging collections using Archivist’s Toolkit
  • Creating finding aids
  • Gathering content and preparing collections for website
    • Consult the Library of Congress authorities website to identify tags for  collections
  • Contributing to the “From the Archives” series
  • Provide any additional assistance as tasked by the Archivist, Director of Communications and researchers

Qualifications

Candidates must be enrolled in or have recently completed an undergraduate or graduate studies program and must be available on Fridays during the fall semester.  Potential candidates must be detail oriented and 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 and/or about archives and records management. Experience with Archivist’s Toolkit is preferred but not necessary.

Internships are unpaid, but academic credit may be available.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (no more than 5 pages) by the appropriate deadline to Daniela Alulema, Administrative Coordinator, at dalulema@cmsny.org. Please include “Archives Intern” in the subject line.

Next Deadline:

For Summer 2016 internship, deadline is April 15, 2016.
For Fall 2016 internship, deadline is August 1, 2016.
For Spring 2017 internship, deadline is November 1, 2016.

Communications Intern

The Communications Intern will support all staff, but primarily assist the Director of Communications.  The successful candidate will be familiar with migration-related issues and current migration-related news and events.

Responsibilities

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;
  • Co-organizing CMS events, specifically CMS dialogues, conferences, and other convenings;
  • Assisting with the marketing of CMS programs, events, and publications;
  • Building distribution lists and readership of CMS publications (International Migration Review, Journal on Migration and Human Security, Migration Update) through identification of key constituents including scholars, public officials, faith communities, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, corporate leaders and others;
  • Assisting with the production and dissemination of press releases and other external relations materials;
  • Attending UN and other external events for CMS staff, and producing summaries;
  • Researching and formulating development strategies; and
  • Updating and maintaining development databases, including contacts database (SalesForce).

The Communications Intern 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. 

Qualifications:

Candidates must be enrolled or have recently completed a graduate studies program. Potential candidates must be detail oriented and 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 working in CMS’s New York office for a minimum of 10 hours per week for approximately 4-6 months. For summer internships, preference will be given to candidates that can commit to working in CMS’s New York office for 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 Daniela Alulema, Administrative Coordinator, at dalulema@cmsny.org. Please include “Communications Intern” in the subject line.

Next Deadline:

For Summer 2016 internship, deadline is April 15, 2016.
For Fall 2016 internship, deadline is August 1, 2016.
For Spring 2017 internship, deadline is November 1, 2016.

Program Intern

The Program Intern will support all CMS staff and interns. The successful candidate will be familiar with migration-related issues and current migration-related news and events.

Responsibilities

  • Support the Director of Communications with:
    • Organizing CMS events, specifically CMS dialogues, conferences, and other convenings;
    • Attending external events (e.g., United Nations conferences, monthly civil society meetings, and other convenings) and drafting follow-up summaries
    • Researching various constituency outlets (e.g. media, scholars, policymakers, etc.) and organizing and developing distribution lists for targeted outreach;
    • Updating the CMS website and potentially contributing blog posts; and
    • Drafting weekly one-page immigration news briefs.
  • Support the Administrative Coordinator with:
    • Updating and maintaining development databases, including contacts database (SalesForce); and
    • Researching funding opportunities and development strategies;
  • Support the Editorial Assistant with administrative tasks related to the International Migration Review, the Journal on Migration and Human Security, and various CMS reports and publications;
  • Support the Communications Intern with additional contributions to CMS’s online communications and social media marketing, including maintaining CMS’s social media networks (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Perform administrative duties and other routine operations

Qualifications

Candidates must be enrolled or have recently completed an undergraduate or graduate studies program. Potential candidates must be detail oriented and 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 working in CMS’s New York office for a minimum of 10 hours per week for approximately 4-6 months.  For summer internships, preference will be given to candidates that can commit to working in CMS’s New York office for 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 Daniela Alulema, Administrative Coordinator, at dalulema@cmsny.org. Please include “Communications Intern” in the subject line.

Next Deadline:

For Summer 2016 internship, deadline is April 15, 2016.
For Fall 2016 internship, deadline is August 1, 2016.
For Spring 2017 internship, deadline is November 1, 2016.

Past Interns

Lina Khaznadar – Fall 2015
Ana Laura Mendez – Fall 2015
Elizabeth Kilbride – Summer 2015
Sara Staedicke – Summer 2015
Cassius Wilkinson – Summer 2015
Marco Castro – Spring 2015
Jennifer Pineros – Fall 2014/Spring 2015
Meike Radler – Fall 2014/Spring 2015
Neal Castaneto – Fall 2014
Nicole Ostrand – Summer 2014/Fall 2014
Helene Halling – Summer 2014/Fall 2014
Jie Zong – Summer 2014
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