Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • Advocacy
  • Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Internship

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

Since 1939, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has offered welcome and hope to refugees. LIRS has transformed lives with the support and hard work of people like you, to welcome the most vulnerable to the United States from sea to shining sea.

We help people seeking safety from persecution in their home countries and reunite families torn apart by conflict. We resettle refugees. We protect vulnerable children who arrive alone in the United States. We advocate for compassion and justice for all migrants.

Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.

Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of staff and affiliates. Attracting and retaining the best talent is vital to our continued growth and we are proud to offer an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision available the first day of employment, professional development, tuition reimbursement, generous paid time off including 20 days of vacation, 12 days of sick leave, 12 paid holidays PLUS the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, 12 weeks of paid parental leave and up to 12 weeks of fully paid FMLA leave, company 403(b) contribution of 3%, an additional 4% match, Family Building benefits for reproductive procedures, adoption/foster care assistance, and an annual wellness benefit that can be customized to support your personal needs including funding enrichment classes, gym memberships, and healthy eating plans (to name a few) all in an inclusive and progressive environment!

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is a champion for all uprooted people. Please join us as we make a difference in the lives of newcomers.

The Advocacy Intern will promote just and humane treatment of refugees and migrants by assisting in the daily activities of LIRS's Advocacy Office in Washington, DC. You will have daily opportunities to advocate on behalf of refugees and migrants through our work with the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S government. From protecting children and families affected by the broken immigration system to educating members of Congress and their staff about the positive contributions of refugees to our country you will have the opportunity to help shape the national conversation around immigrants and refugees.


  • Monitor federal and state legislative and regulatory developments affecting immigration and refugee policy.
  • Attend hearings, meetings, and events on legislation, policy, and constituent engagement, and report back to the office.
  • Engage LIRS networks and constituencies through online advocacy efforts (i.e. blogs, calls to action).
  • Update and helping develop content for the Advocacy section of the website.
  • Draft memos, resources, and other written materials.
  • Assist with planning for LIRS advocacy events.
  • Help prepare PowerPoint presentations and other advocacy-related resources.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Prior experience working with and a strong commitment to the refugee or immigrant community preferred, but not necessary.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Excel.
  • Prior advocacy experience.
  • Ability to multitask and work independently.
  • Ability to engage constituents professionally.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills and experience in internet research.
  • Commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues and partners

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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