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Volunteer at MIRA

From voter registration drives, to mass mailings, to Immigrants Day at the State House, MIRA has many chances for one-day or event-specific volunteering. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Liz Chaves at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 617-350-5480 ext. 201.

Volunteer at a MIRA Citizenship Clinic!

MIRA’s Citizenship Clinics are hosted throughout the state of Massachusetts, with a larger concentration of clinics in the Greater Metro Boston Area. Clinics are typically hosted on Saturdays. At clinics, volunteers are usually needed for 6+ hours, typically from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Clinic volunteers help with registering clients, filling out U.S. Citizenship applications, and copying needed paperwork. Personalized trainings are mandatory for volunteers interested in helping directly with filling out U.S. Citizenship Applications. Brief trainings for all other volunteer stations are offered on the day of the clinic.

For more information please click HERE.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at an upcoming citizenship clinic please contact the Citizenship Team at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and please put "interested in volunteering" in the subject line.

Volunteer at a MIRA Voter Registration!


MIRA’s Voter Registrations happen directly after naturalization ceremonies throughout the state of Massachusetts, often at Faneuil Hall or other landmarks in the Greater Boston Area. They are typically on Thursday afternoons, and volunteers are usually needed for about an hour (1:30-2:30pm).

 

Volunteers fill out voter registration forms for newly sworn-in citizens, empowering them with the first rite of passage to becoming an active and engaged citizen. Registering new voters is fun and easy, and all materials—clipboards, forms, and pins—are provided. Volunteers are also encouraged to help with the data entry into the electronic Voter Activation Network that follows, putting new voters into the statewide database.

 

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer at an upcoming citizenship clinic please contact Thalita Dias at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and please put "interested in volunteering" in the subject line.


AmeriCorps New American Integration Program 2014 - 2015

The New American Integration Program recruits committed individuals from diverse backgrounds to assist and strengthen the work of community based organizations that serve refugees and immigrants. NAIP members receive intensive training to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), serve as medical interpreters, and assist eligible Legal Permanent Residents in their applications for citizenship.

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Internships

General Description:

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is a statewide membership-based non-profit organization that advocates for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees across the Commonwealth. MIRA has a membership of over 130 organizations, and works with hundreds of partners and allies in policy analysis and advocacy, training and leadership development, institutional organizing, and strategic communications.

All internships are unpaid. Where applicable, we will gladly assist in any requirements that would qualify an eligible intern for course credit.  Interns should expect to work 2 to 3 days per week (or the equivalent).

Current Openings:

MIRA is looking for fall Communications interns. Please review the description below, and submit a resume and cover letter to Franklin Soults, Communications Director, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We are also currently looking for a fall Development Intern. Please review internship description below and submit a resume and cover letter to Elsa Gomes, Director of Development, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

MIRA is looking for a State Policy Intern. Please review the description below. Qualified applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Shannon Erwin, State Policy Director, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Community Organizing Intern. Description below. If you are interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias, Field Organizer, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (For PDF version click here)

Welcoming Framingham Intern. For a PDF description of this internship click here. If interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias, Field Organizer, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Welcoming Milford Intern. For a PDF description of this internship click here. If interested. please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias, Field Organizer, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by.

 

Internship Descriptions:

Communications Internship

The communications intern works with the Communications Director to disseminate positive messages about immigrants, as well as information about issues involving immigrants and the MIRA Coalition's work. The position involves both traditional media (i.e. the press and broadcasting) and new media (i.e.the internet). Some of the duties include:

  • Writing blog posts about current issues related to immigrants and immigration
  • Posting on our Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Maintaining a database of media contacts
  • Helping plan and execute press conferences, rallies, and other events by contacting reporters and managing other logistics
  • Taking photos and videos, and maintaining an image library
  • Updating MIRA's website
  • Organing and editing MIRA's e-mail newsletter
  • Performing longer research projects as needed

Qualifications: Strong written and oral communciations skills and familarity with Microsoft Office applications. Graphic design skills are a plus, as is a second language. Journalism and communications majors as well as English, social science, history, and political science majors are all encouraged to apply. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Franklin Soults, Communications Director, with "Communications Internship" in the subject line: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fundraising and Development Intern

Background and Position Description:

The Development Intern's primary responsibility is to provide programmatic and administrative support to the Development Director. We are seeking interns that have a background or some experience in the "ins and outs" of nonprofit fundraising. Interns should be interested in this professional experience for the opportunity to improve their fundraising skills at a well-respected, fast paced, statewide immigrant-serving organization. Familiarity with the areas of donor communication, marketing, graphic design, grant writing and event planning would be very beneficial.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide general administrative assistance to the development and communications team
  • Assist with a variety of logistics pertaining to our events
  • Work with the Development Department to create promotional materials and communications for events
  • Conduct web-based donor & prospect research
  • Help strengthen constituent relationship management through database cleanup
  • Data entry and cleanup; experience with databases preferred
  • Conduct research on a variety of topics including: funding opportunities, individual donors, current events, immigrant & refugee-related statistics
  • Assist in media outreach; Update event calendars; Help spread our message through social media, including our blog, facebook, and twitter feeds;
  • Other duties as necessary

Required Skills/Experience/Qualities:

  • Graduate student or bachelor's degree preferred; credit offered if applicable
  • Professional attitude and ability to represent MIRA well through phone and email communication or at events
  • Computer proficiency, including Word, Excel and some PowerPoint, Photoshop Adobe, InDesign a plus
  • A minimum of 16 – 20 hours per week commitment

HOW TO APPLY Email letter of interest and resume to Elsa Gomes Bondlow, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with "Development Intern" in subject line.

 

State Policy Internship

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition is currently seeking a State Policy Intern for the fall 2014 semester or the full 2014 - 2015 academic year.  MIRA advocates at the local, state and federal levels for legislation and policies that protect immigrants' rights and advance immigrant integration.  The State Policy Intern will report to the State Policy Director and will work primarily on campaigns surrounding state-level legislation and policies, with some opportunities for local and federal advocacy.

Policy Internship Description:

Applicants should be able to commit at least 2 days a week (or the equivalent) throughout the fall 2014 semester or the full 2014-15 academic year. The Policy Intern will:

  • Conduct policy research, including comparative research from other states, to support state legislative campaigns.
  • Produce campaign materials, including materials to support public education and engagement.
  • Attend campaign strategy meetings and assist in the coordination of campaign coalitions.
  • Meet with legislators and officials to help advocate for MIRA policy priorities.
  • Conduct other duties as requested.

Required skills/experience:

  • Current law student or graduate student in public policy or social work or recent graduate holding a J.D., M.P.P. or M.S.W.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in immigration policy.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Professionalism, flexibility and initiative.
  • Social media expertise preferred.
Bilingual applicants and those with health policy experience strongly encouraged to apply.

This internship is unpaid but may be used for course credit where applicable.

Interested applicants should send resume, cover letter and a brief writing sample to Shannon Erwin ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  (Earlier application is encouraged as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.)

 

Community Organizing Internship

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition is currently seeking two (2) motivated Organizing Interns for the fall 2014 semester or the full 2014 - 2015 academic year. MIRA is a statewide membership organization that advocates for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees across the Commonwealth. MIRA advances this mission through education and training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy.

The Organizing Intern will assist the organizing team to engage MIRA member organizations and allies in state and federal legislative campaigns and actions. S/he will also implement organizing strategies to create strong local structures to develop immigrant leadership and advance the pro-immigrant agenda.

Internship Description:

Applicants should be able to commit at least 2 days a week (or the equivalent) throughout the fall 2014 semester or the full 2014-15 academic year. The Community Organizing Intern will:

  • Assist with the development of campaign materials (blast e-mails, fliers, letters, endorsement forms, etc);
  • Work with the organizing, policy, and communications teams on New Americans Civic Participation during election season
  • Help with voter registration drives and voter registration data entry;
  • Participate actively in the creation and outreach of public engagement events, trainings, and workshops
  • Help to coordinate the membership process (new members, renewal of membership, etc);
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Required skills/experience:

  • Graduate student or bachelor's degree preferred; credit offered if applicable
  • Professional attitude and ability to represent MIRA well through phone and email communication and at events
  • A minimum of 16 – 20 hours per week commitment
  • Interest in and commitment to immigrant and non-immigrant integration in your community.
  • Passion for social change, enthusiasm for improving and building relationships within your community.
  • Must be open to working with diverse groups, people from all backgrounds and different points of view.
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Professionalism, flexibility, self-motivated, and takes initiative.
  • Social Media expertise preferred.

This internship is unpaid but may be used for course credit where applicable.

Interested applicants should send resume, cover letter and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias (  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). (Earlier application is encouraged as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.) Please include in the subject line of your email “Organizing Intern.” No phone calls, please.​

 

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Volunteer to register New Americans to vote! Contact Thalita Dias at tdias@miracoalition.org.


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