Advocacy Internship at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC)

Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition International (TASSC)Washington, DC
Unpaid Internship

7 months ago


Job Title

Advocacy Intern

Job Location

Washington, D.C.

Job Overview

  • Assist in planning Advocacy Day for June Survivors Week
  • Increase organization's visibility through various tasks
  • Set up congressional meetings for survivors and supporters
  • Conduct research on Congress Members interested in global human rights
  • Interact directly with survivors at TASSC and in Congress
  • Choose independent projects related to Advocacy issues


Unpaid internship


  • Set up congressional meetings for survivors and TASSC supporters on Advocacy Days in Congress —June 26 and June 27 -- and follow-up visits in July.
  • Research on USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), the US asylum agency which has a policy to not interview survivors and other asylum applicants who have waited 5, 6, 7 or even 8 years for an interview with an asylum officer.
  • Research positions of U.S. policymakers on torture and human rights abuse in countries survivors have fled from, mostly Ethiopia, Cameroon, Eritrea and Sudan.
  • Lead a delegation of survivors and TASSC supporters on Advocacy Days in Congress
  • Write articles on “Asylum Justice” (the USCIS problem) and human rights issues, especially in Africa, for the TASSC website in July
  • Work 7-8 hours a week with the Executive Director on planning activities for June Survivors Week


  • Experience working on federal or state legislation, or strong willingness to learn how the U.S. Congress functions, and the roles of various congressional committees. Experience in student political campaigns a plus.
  • Willingness to learn about TASSC’s Campaign for “Asylum Justice” for torture survivors who entered the US legally with visas and did not cross the US-Mexican border. Interest in learning about torture and other human rights, especially in Ethiopia, Cameroon, Eritrea and Sudan.
  • Ability to relate well with immigrant populations, work collaboratively and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends during the last two weeks of June, with several days off in July. This is a requirement.
  • Preference is for students earning college credit for their internship

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People who completed this type of internship end up in the following types of jobs

Top majors

That get hired for this type of internship

  • Political Science And Government11%

  • Communication6%

  • Economics5%

  • Psychology4%

  • Business Administration Management And Operations4%

  • 342 other majors68%

People who did this kind of internship end up at the following companies

  • US Congress
  • United States Senate
  • US Department Of State
  • Teach For America
  • Deloitte
Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Washington, DC | $5,379/mo

  • Housing/Rent$3,303

  • Miscellaneous$983

  • Food$499

  • Utilities$302

  • Transportation$292


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