Nikki Ostrand-2013Nicole 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.

Neal CastanetoNeal Castaneto, Program Intern

Neal Castaneto is completing his senior year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY, where he will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Criminal Justice. During his undergraduate career, he studied abroad at Shanghai University in China, as well as Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium. Neal’s primary interests include human rights, with a focus on immigrants, and cybercrime occurring across the Taiwan Strait.

During his final semester at John Jay, Neal will also intern for the Crime Strategies Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. After graduation, Neal will be accepting an offer as a Parks Enforcement Patrol officer for the New York City Parks Department.

Jennifer PinerosJennifer Pineros, Communications and Development Intern

Jennifer Pineros is a rising senior at Hunter College CUNY, where she will complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Music. During her time at Hunter, Jennifer has regularly performed with the Hunter Symphony as a violinist and has served as President of the Cultural Symposium club. Her academic accomplishments have been recognized with the First-Year Recognition award, PLEN award to attend a Washington D.C. seminar on Women in Law and Public Policy, and the Mother’s Day scholarship. She is also regularly on the Dean’s List. Jennifer will be presenting an honors thesis on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) memorandum and its relation to former executive actions on immigration issues. After graduation, she plans to apply to law school. Jennifer is interested in immigration law and intellectual property law.

Meike RadlerMeike Radler, Editorial Intern

Meike Radler is in the process of completing a Master of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International Public Affairs. This degree is an international dual degree in combination with the Hertie School of Governance’s Master of Public Policy Program, where Meike will spend her 2015-2016 academic year. Meike received her bachelor’s degree in Social Research and Public Policy from New York University Abu Dhabi, from where she also completed study abroad experiences in Paris and Berlin. Her main research interests lie in transatlantic comparative migration policy. For her senior thesis, she conducted a series of in-depth interviews with second generation women with a Turkish migration background living in Berlin, focusing on their social mobility opportunities as well as their perspectives of such opportunities. Prior to this, she also completed ethnographic field work in a small community on the outskirts of Paris. Having lived, worked and completed research on related issues in a variety of countries over the past several years, Meike is committed to using research on migration policies conducted in a comparative framework to inform and improve policy at both the local and international level.


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


Spring 2015 – November 14, 2014
Summer 2015 – April 10, 2015

Past Interns

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