Communications Intern

Communications Intern

The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) is a New York-based think-tank/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.

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


Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to CMS’s online communications and social media marketing, including 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;
  • Assisting in the production of podcasts and event videos

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. 


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 spring and fall semester, preference will be given to candidates that can commit to working 15 hours per week for approximately 4-6 months. For summer internships, preference will be given to candidates that can commit to working for a minimum of 35 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 Jacquelyn Pavilon, Deputy Director, at [email protected]. Please include “Communications Intern” in the subject line.

Application Deadlines

Summer: March 1
Fall: August 6
Spring: November 19