HIAS seeks an Emergency & Humanitarian Programs Intern to assist the Emergency Department in a variety of initiatives. This position will join the Emergency Department and contribute to ongoing emergency response operations, as well as building emergency capacity across HIAS. Reporting to the Senior Director, Emergency & Humanitarian Programs, they will support the department’s programs and operations by facilitating cross-divisional communication, partnering on MEAL in emergency documents, supporting HIAS’ learning and capacity-building agenda, assisting in drafting and collaborating on emergency policies and SOPs and taking on other duties to support the Emergency Department team and field staff as needed.

Note, this is a paid internship with a stipend of $2,000.00/month. We ask that applicants be available for 35 hours/week for 12 weeks beginning in May 2024.


  • Organizes and coordinates capacity-building and trainings for HQ, regional and country office staff.
  • Coordinates with HIAS HQ, regional offices and country office staff to inventory existing policy and SOP documents and facilitate the addition of emergency processes in existing policies and SOPs.
  • Supports with roster maintenance, analysis, deployment administration and others.
  • Prepares emergency contexts analysis, drafts emergency alerts and supports information management.
  • Supports with meeting scheduling support, meeting notes and coordinates communication with meeting participants.
  • Coordinates with country offices and the Emergency Department to collect relevant data.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a related field required.
  • English fluency required; Spanish fluency a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; ability to work under pressure and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to occasionally work outside of business hours if/when emergency programming is being activated and tight deadlines are required.
  • Strong integrity and ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Commitment to HIAS’ mission and values, and refugee protection.


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process for internships:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Video interview with the hiring manager.

Step 3: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.

Step 4: Offer and background check with Shield Screening or HireRight.

Step 5: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.


Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We strongly encourage applicants of diverse identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply even if you do not meet all required qualifications but have other qualifications relevant to the role that would make you a great fit for this role with HIAS!


HIAS is committed to the protection of children, vulnerable adults and any other person from any harm caused directly or indirectly due to their coming into contact with HIAS. We will not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or any form of child abuse or neglect by our staff or associated personnel. Any candidate offered a job with HIAS will be expected to sign and adhere to HIAS’ Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records. HIAS also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. Likewise, HIAS will share this information when other organizations inquire about current and former HIAS staff as part of their recruitment process. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your application on our website: Emergency & Humanitarian Programs Intern – Careers At HIAS (