Protecting, Embracing and Empowering | Service and justice | Advocating for migrants and refugees

If you are passionate about transforming communities for migrants and refugees with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), is seeking a Refugee Policy-Fellow for Persecuted Religious Minors who will assist the Advocacy Office in expanding its capacity to conduct outreach to the new Administration and the 115th Congress, on religious minorities who are fleeing persecution. Reporting to the Refugee Advocacy Officer, you will engage with LIRS staff members and LIRS constituencies, networks, and coalition partners. 

Located in LIRS’s Washington DC Advocacy office, this a part-time (less than 20 hours per week) opportunity for a duration not to exceed six months with an expected state date of January 2018. The intern will be compensated $15 per hour and is not benefits eligible.

Responsibilities include:

  • Implement established LIRS advocacy activities relating to LIRS’s position on the refugee resettlement of persecuted, religious minorities in collaboration with the Advocacy unit and other LIRS staff.
  • Communicate and represent LIRS’s legislative policies and positions, with respect to religious minorities who are persecuted to Congress, the Administration, LIRS constituencies, networks, and coalition partners.
  • Develop written materials, legislative analyses, action alerts and updates to inform LIRS constituencies and networks in advocacy campaigns.
  • Track assigned issues, concerns and policy developments and report on these to the Advocacy unit and other LIRS staff.
  • Contribute to coalition advocacy plans and activities, advancing substantive policies while fostering strong and collaborative relationships.
  • Performing other job-related duties as assigned. 

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues and partners.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Ability to quickly master substantive subject matter, implement legislative strategies, and work independently and under pressure.
  • Experience synthesizing and communicating complex legislative issues and processes to LIRS staff and coalitions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to tailor persuasive messages to different audiences including policymakers, constituents and
  • Ability to maintain and nurture collegial relationships with congressional staff, coalition partners and Lutheran partners.
  • Familiarity with nonprofit advocacy work.

Organization Summary:

Headquartered in Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor, with offices in Washington, DC, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with a 77-year history, a budget of approximately $70 million per year, and over 100 headquarters staff.

LIRS is widely-recognized for its expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants living within the borders of the United States. Working with and through partners across the country, LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and pursues humanitarian alternatives to the immigration detention system.

To Apply: 

Application Instructions:

To be considered, please apply online and submit a resume and cover letter by close of business Friday, December 29,2017. For more information about LIRS, please visit

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.