Outreach Intern

Outreach Intern

The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) is a New York-based think-tank and 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 maintains an extensive archive of migration-related documents. CMS’s signature publication, the International Migration Review (IMR), is the leading social science journal in the immigration field.

The Outreach Intern will support all staff, but primarily assist the Director of Communications.  The Outreach Intern will assist in the creation, development, and engagement of online and offline constituencies and increasing CMS’s visibility in policy, academic, faith-based and other spheres.


Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in implementation of outreach and marketing strategy to support engagement with stakeholders through social media, newsletters, and more.
  • Increase engagement by reaching out to potential constituents and finding other ways to expand CMS constituencies.
  • Build contact lists.
  • Design and maintain media research and outreach tracking system.
  • Conduct marketing research and present findings orally and/or in writing.
  • Maintain updated contact records.
  • Contribute short-term and long-term outreach ideas.
  • Design and distribute marketing materials.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Intern to update social media platforms.
  • Assist with projects as directed.

The Outreach 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. 

International students who are legally able to intern or work in the United States without sponsorship from CMS are eligible to apply.


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. Experience in key communications functional areas (social media, press engagement, event management, materials development, digital media strategy, etc.) is preferred. Graphic design skills are a plus. Positive and professional demeanor required.

Internships are unpaid, but academic credit may be available. CMS internships offer direct exposure to the workings of a think-tank, close supervision by CMS staff, and opportunities to attend events and lectures relating to migration. For internships during the spring and fall semester, 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 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 35 hours per week for approximately 3 months.

How to Apply:

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

Application Deadlines

Summer 2019: March 4, 2019
Fall 2019: July 1, 2019
Spring 2019: November 11, 2019