U.S. Protection - Non-Legal Internship


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's Regional Representation in Washington, DC, seeks a volunteer Protection Intern to assist staff in its U.S. Protection Unit. For a description of the unit’s  work, please see http://www.unhcrwashington.org. Note that this is an unpaid internship for undergraduate and graduate students or recent graduates.

U.S. Protection Unit – Protection Internship

Duties and Responsibilities may include:

  • Open and maintain individual asylum seeker case files in UNHCR registration database;

  • Answer and respond to individual queries from asylum seekers and other persons of concern to  UNHCR;

  • Conduct research for individual cases in support of the U.S. Protection Unit Protection Counselor;

  • Management of physical case files, as necessary;

  • Monitor mail correspondence related to individual cases;

  • Special projects and assignments relating to international protection in support of the Deputy Regional Representative, as necessary.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, either already obtained or in-process;

  • Strong interest in refugee rights, international relations, human rights and humanitarian response;

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Access databases a plus;

  • English language (fluency required); Fluency in French or Spanish (preferred).


Both full-time (40 hours/week) and part-time (minimum 20 hours/week) internships are available, for a minimum of ten weeks.


Applications must be complete or they will not be considered. Please send resume, cover letter, a brief writing sample (2-3  pages), and dates of availability to the US Protection Unit Intern Coordinator, UNHCR, 1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington,  D.C. 20036, Fax:  202-296-5660, Email: usawaint@unhcr.org. Note in the subject line “U.S. PROTECTION UNIT – NON-LEGAL INTERNSHIP” and include the semester/year for which the internship is desired.

Application deadlines can be found on our website: www.unhcr.org. Please note that applications  are reviewed on a rolling basis, and decisions may be reached prior to the application deadline. As such, interested applicants are encouraged to submit their materials in advance of the deadline.

UNHCR thanks all applicants. UNHCR will only contact those applicants who will be interviewed.