National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights


The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) works to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. Since its founding in 1986, the organization has drawn membership from diverse immigrant communities, and actively builds alliances with social and economic justice partners around the country. As part of a global movement for social and economic justice, NNIRR is committed to human rights as essential to securing healthy, safe and peaceful lives for all.


  • Organize and support the defense and protection of immigrants and refugees from deportation, detention, harassment, discrimination and exclusion.
  • Provide space and support for immigrant rights movement organizing and capacity building.
  • Strengthen role and participation in broader alliances and coalitions, including work with allies in labor, faith, women’s and environmental, racial, criminal and health justice arenas.
  • Push back on the racist and xenophobic narrative of division, distrust and hate.
  • Advocate nationally and internationally for the human rights of all migrants and refugees.
  • Category: 

    • Immigration

    Internship description: 

    We have internships available in these areas:

    Immigration Policy

    Monitoring and engagement on immigration policy, particularly with a focus on punitive immigration enforcement. Support for legislative advocacy, immigrant rights defense. Providing updates, fact sheets, educational tools. We are also interested in involving more students and more systematic campus outreach and education. 

    Just Borders

    NNIRR has a focus on border policy and practices, especially militarization and enforcement at the US-Mexico border, and advocacy of 
    international guidelines for human rights protections at borders. Interns will assist in research, including corporate research, news monitoring, social media, website and educational tools development.

    International Migrants Rights (2 positions)

    1) Program support: The intern will be responsible for assisting with international communications and event-planning for our international forums and initiatives, including the Global Coalition on Migration. The intern should be comfortable working independently, communicating with colleagues and allies from varied cultures and languages, and be reasonably familiar with current migrants' rights issues.

    2) Program support: Similar to the position above, this intern will support the Women in Migration Network (NNIRR is a member). The intern will assist with research, communications, updates to website and sharing through social media. 

    Internship skills needed: 

    Demonstrated commitment to social justice & immigrant rights; basic understanding of immigration enforcement programs; good writing skills. Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus but not required.

    Languages required: 

    Bilingual interns in English and any other language very welcome.


    • Oakland, CA

    How to find us: 

    Internships will be based in our office in downtown Oakland, in the heart of Chinatown. Conveniently located near bus and BART lines.

    Work hours: 

    Monday-Friday, 10am - 5pm

    Dress code: 


    Office building accessibility: 


    How many people work at the organization: 

    2-3 staff members

    Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 


    Internship dates: 

    Flexible, but must end in mid-August