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Research and Program Development Intern

Department: International Programs
Location: Remote

About KIND:

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every childís rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KINDís social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children Ė who have often endured trauma Ė receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

Position Summary:

KIND seeks a bilingual English-Spanish Research Intern to work with our International Team in its Gender and Migration Initiative. The intern is expected to work 10 to 15 hours per week during the fall 2021 semester. The internís schedule will be flexible, but she or he should be available for a weekly check-in call during regular office hours (Eastern time). The intern will work remotely and will report to the Director for Gender and Migration Initiatives. No travel is expected for this position. This is an unpaid internship.

The internship exposes qualified graduate students to understanding the underlying causes that forces children, adolescents, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and others to migrate from their communities in search of safety, including gender-based violence. As part of our team, the intern could take part of meetings, and will contribute to analytical work where their educational experience can be enhanced.

The objective of the internship is to provide substantive research assistance to the Director for Gender and Migration Initiative by developing and updating documentation regarding the root causes of child and youth migration from Central America and Mexico, including gender-based violence. The intern will have the opportunity to identify and undertake additional research activities, based on her or his time and interests.

Essential Functions:

  • Conduct research on topics of relevance to GMI (e.g. gender-based violence, gender inequality, gender and climate), synthesize findings, and summarize key information on root causes of migration that can be shared and used by KIND staff.  
  • Support the GMI team with the drafting and editing of fact sheets and other written materials on root causes of child migration, including gender-based violence. This will include review of documents in English and Spanish.
  • Translate documents English-Spanish and Spanish-English (no more than 25% of time).
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited graduate degree program in Political and Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Public Administration, Law, International Affairs, Human Rights, or another related field. Exceptions can be made for students finishing a bachelorís degree, with other relevant qualifications.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish with fluency in speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Highly independent, self-motivated, and resourceful.
  • Strong interest in working on issues related to childrenís rights, gender inequality, migration, youth, sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Demonstrable skills in analytical thinking, communication, and research. 
  • Research experience, including experience using primary sources in English and Spanish; experience with and/or interest in legal and policy research preferred.
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and a strong team working capacity.

KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions.

Application Instructions:

Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume, cover letter including a description of relevant experience, and brief writing samples in English and Spanish in order to be considered for the desired role.

KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.





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