Volunteer at MIRA
AmeriCorps New American Integration Program 2013 - 2014
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.
The term of service for the 2013-2014 service year begins September 3, 2013 and continues through July 31, 2014. For more information on click here
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), a statewide membership-based non-profit organization, advocates for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees across the Commonwealth. MIRA has a membership of over 130 organizations across Massachusetts, and works with hundreds of partners and allies across the state by offering 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).
Positions as of November 6, 2013:
MIRA is looking for a Fall/Winter Communications intern. Please review the description below, and submit a resume and cover letter to Franklin Soults, Communications Director
The communications intern works with the Communications Director to disseminate positive messages about immigrants, as well as information about issues involving immigrants and about 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 second-language ability. Journalism and communications majors, as well as English, social science, history, and political science majors are all encouraged to apply.
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
- 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
Community Organizing Internship
The intern will be assigned to work on a variety of projects involving research, mobilization of our membership and issue-based organizing for ongoing MIRA campaigns. In addition, the intern will attend meetings with the organizing staff, members, and coalition partners to strategize around MIRA issue priorities. Other duties may be assigned.
English for New Bostonians/English Works Campaign Internship
The intern will work on development and communications for the English for New Bostonians Initiative and the English Works Campaign, both aimed toward increasing English language learning opportunities for immigrants. The work focused mostly on communications and development. We will key the work depending on the intern's level of experience. Good writing skills would be very helpful. Specific tasks will include: