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Sep 26 / BARD CEP

Climate Displacement Internship- Washington DC

Organization: Refugees International

Position Title: Climate Displacement Internship

Location: 2001 S Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, District of Columbia, 20009, United States

Hours and Compensation: 24-40hours/week, unpaid

Application Deadline: rolling


Organization Overview

The Bacon Center advocates for increased protection of vulnerable populations displaced by, or at risk of displacement from, natural disasters and other climate-related changes. Regional focus areas include West Africa, Latin America, and South and East Asia. The position is unpaid.


Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection on behalf of 42.5 million refugees and displaced persons worldwide, and 12 million people who are stateless. We are an independent organization, and do not accept any government or UN funding.
RI’s DC office is seeking graduate students to provide 24 to 40 hours/week of support to RI’s The Bacon Center for Climate Displacement.


  • Attend briefings and meetings; prepare notes and report back to Program Manager and other members of staff.
  • Conduct research and draft research memoranda for Program Manager.
  • Assist in writing and editing advocacy reports.
  • Draft blogs and articles for publication.
  • Draft advocacy letters to representatives of US and foreign governments, UN agencies, and other advocacy targets.
  • Compile and disseminate news updates on issues of concern in RI focal countries.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.


The successful candidate will:

  • Be enrolled in a degree program in international affairs, international relations, public policy or law;
  • Possess strong writing skills, knowledge of a variety of computer applications, attention to detail, and ability to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously and independently;
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 24-40 hours per week;
  • Must have an interest in humanitarian, environmental and/or displacement issues and advocacy;
  • Knowledge and experience with nonprofits a plus.
  • French language skills a plus.

How to Apply

Please see General Information on Internships for application deadlines. Please email your application with the following documents to with “Climate Displacement Internship” in the subject line:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Two 3-page writing samples, preferably on a topic related to international development or international affairs; and
  • 2-3 references (with phone numbers & email addresses) from individuals familiar with your work.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered. No phone calls please.

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