Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Volunteer Grant Writer

The Volunteer Grant Writer is a part-time, fully remote position that reports directly to the Director of Operations and Development, an experienced grant writer. The Volunteer Grant Writer will be responsible for the full range of activities needed to develop persuasive proposals for grant requests, including managing and supporting research, writing, and coordinating the grant application process.

In this unpaid position, the Volunteer Grant Writer will have the opportunity to develop professional grant writing skills, learn about the immigration system, and work closely with the directors of the Refugee Translation Project. This could also be an internship if the Volunteer Grant Writer would like credit.

The Volunteer Grant Writer duties will include: 

  • Writing high-quality grant proposal narratives, applications, and supporting documents
  • Researching and collecting data on each grant 
  • Managing the proposal submission process to ensure timely submission of all required materials
  • Developing and maintaining a proposal calendar
  • Coordinating and following up on the progress of submitted proposals
  • Developing an annual grants strategy
  • Conducting prospect research to identify, cultivate and solicit new grants


  • Completion or enrollment in a grant writing course or some experience with writing grants
  • Personal passion for immigrant rights and a commitment to helping refugees from marginalized communities
  • Detail-oriented, organized, deadline-driven
  • Clear, precise and compelling writing skills
  • Experience in the field of immigration, refugees and human rights a plus

Hours: 5-10 hours a week

Pay: This is a volunteer position

To apply, please email resume and brief cover letter to info@refugeetranslation.org

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Refugee Translation Project Research Intern

The Refugee Translation Project is recruiting for a research intern to support the Executive Director and the Director of Operations and Development.

Job Title: Research Intern

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Location: New York, NY USA; remote location acceptable

Working Environment: Remote

How to Apply: Email cover letter and resume including two references as one file to info@refugeetranslation.org

Internship duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Research on national and international NGOs, nonprofits, and grassroots organizations for prospective partnership, and research into relevant areas of policy and law. Conduct mappings in key areas. 
  • Management of initial outreach to and communication as appropriate with prospective partners. Database creation and usage to track and coordinate ongoing outreach. 
  • Professional writing including official correspondence. General operational and logistical support as necessary.

The ideal applicant will be interested in refugee resettlement, and have strong critical thinking and organizational skills, and be a detail-oriented self-starter with strong communication skills. Previous professional or academic experience in research or nonprofit management is preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google G Suite is mandatory. 

This is a part-time position and requires a commitment of 12 weeks. This is an unpaid internship. School credit may be received depending on the program and institution.

Major Responsibilities:

• Phase 1: Research support in two tracks forging programmatic partnerships and funding partnerships and communications. 

• Track 1: Under supervision of the director of operations and development, conduct a mapping of refugee assistance, resettlement, and rights organizations earmarking opportunities to establish relationships to expand translator services and other relevant partnerships advancing the mission of the Refugee Translation Project. 

• Track 2: Under supervision of the director of operations and development, conduct a mapping of the current funder landscape in refugee rights and resettlement, earmarking opportunities for operational development of relationships with prospective funders. 

• Phase 2: Draft outreach plans for both tracks and implement correspondence with relevant organizations. 

• Track findings and all outreach in a spreadsheet or database as appropriate and communicate information clearly.

• Attend relevant events of interest and represent the Refugee Translation Project professionally. 

• Operations Support including drafting regular mailings and scheduling professional appointments.  

• Learning Objectives include conducting research, professional communication, nonprofit development.


• Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program or prior experience working in a professional setting.

• Highly developed organizational skills, demonstrated capacity to record and track data, facility with clear and effective communication and professionalism, willingness to learn new systems and procedures.

• Secure internet connection and ability to commit to regular meetings over Zoom. 

• Capacity to use MS Office, Google G Suite, and to create and manage a database independently. 

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, critical thinking capacity to operate independently, and the ability to work productively in a team environment.

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