Government and Policy

Language Access/Research Intern Spring 2018

10-20 hoursPhiladelphiaSpring SemesterConvenient Center City LocationFriendly StaffMeaningful WorkInside Look at City Government and Immigrant Advocacy


The City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs (OIA) promotes the well-being of immigrant communities. It recommends and develops policies and programs to provide the city’s diverse immigrant population access to opportunities and services; facilitates the successful integration of immigrants into the civic, economic and cultural life of the city; and highlights the contributions and the essential role that immigrants have played, and continue to play, in the city. Representing the Mayor and the Managing Director’s Office, the OIA works with national organizations, local groups, and city departments to implement programs and events that meet its broader mission.

The Language Access/Research Intern will work with OIA to support language services to the City of Philadelphia. The internship will start in January 2017. We ask for a semester commitment at 15-20 hours a week. Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.

This is an unpaid internship and is ideal for undergraduate and graduate students looking for diverse opportunities. This position can accommodate class schedules and student needs. The internship can also be arranged to fulfill academic credits and program requirements. In this position, the intern will gain valuable insight to the inner workings of city government and immigration advocacy. The intern will also attain excellent professional experience outside of an academic setting.

The Language Access/Research Intern will report to the Language Access Program Manager but will also work with the Director, Deputy Director, and Community Outreach VISTA. The primary responsibility of this position will be to work with the Language Access Program Manager in providing research and work on special projects on providing language services to the City of Philadelphia. There will be a focus on language access related work and language access issues affecting the Limited English Proficient (LEP) residents.


• Undergraduate or Graduate Student
• Excellent interpersonal skills maintaining tact and diplomacy in all situations. Professional appearance and conduct (including pleasant and professional phone and email communication).
• Strong interest in working with issues affecting underserved immigrant communities
• Excellent time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines with keen attention to details
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.
• Bilingual written and verbal proficiency is preferred. Please be sure to state which languages and level of fluency in resume.

For questions and to apply, send a resume and cover letter to Orlando Almonte, Deadline for applications is December 1, 2017 at 5 PM.