Opportunities with the Center

CHRIJ Summer 2018 Internships

The Center is seeking BC undergraduate interns for Summer 2018.


  • Conduct and support Center research programs
  • Help plan and coordinate student programming on campus
  • Write briefs and reports on Center events
  • Assist with administrative tasks


  • Strong writing and organizational skills
  • Ability to work 10-15 hours/week in the summer
  • Ability to continue work for the Center during subsequent academic year (at reduced workload)
  • Interest in human rights issues
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus but not necessary

Preference will be given to current BC juniors.  This is a paid internship.


To apply:

  1. Fill out this Google Form to initiate your application.
  2. Then, submit a 1-2 page statement of interest, a writing sample and a resume to humanrights@bc.edu by February 22.

Non-Center opportunities

Spiritual Caregivers Training (to minister to and visit the detained)

 Refugee Immigration Ministry in Malden is offering training for Spiritual Caregiverto s on Monday evening February 19, and then Thursday evenings March 1, 8, and 15.

Spiritual Care Giving is an Interfaith ministry of listening to those who are in the Limbo of detention. Care Givers go in teams, are supervised in their work and provide an important humanizing presence. Most SCGs visit once or twice a month.

See flyer at the link, and applications and more info may be accessed at www.r-i-m.net


Asylum Expert Witness Database - looking for qualified experts and expected launch in early 2018

​The UC Hastings Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is launching a new project—a searchable database of qualified and pre-vetted country specialists and health professionals who serve as expert witnesses to support asylum seekers in the United States. This service will be offered to attorneys and experts alike, free of charge. In other areas of the law, the provision of expert witness referrals is highly developed and professionalized, but this will be the first project of its kind to do so in the asylum field. For nearly twenty years, CGRS has been providing expert referrals to attorneys through our technical assistance program and we are thrilled to be creating this new resource to greatly improve our ability to do so on a larger, more systematic scale.  

The Asylum Expert Witness Database is scheduled to go live in early 2018 and will contain detailed profiles for hundreds of experts, as well as information, including outcomes, about cases for which they have provided testimony. When available, we will also include sample transcripts of the expert’s prior testimony. Experts will be able to update their own profiles to include information about current availability and fee requirements.

We are currently seeking information from country specialists or health professionals who wish to be included in the database. If you are an expert and would like to be included in the database we ask that you send your basic information, including preferred contact, areas of expertise and a copy of your CV, to us at CGRS-ExpertDB@uchastings.edu. We will then follow up with you as we get closer to the go-live date of the website.

If you have questions about the database, please contact CGRS Staff Attorney Robyn Barnard atBarnardRobyn@uchastings.edu.  

We thank you in advance for your participation and assistance in this endeavor. As the legal standards for asylum become more complex and onerous, experts are increasingly important in establishing claims for protection. And experts can be difficult for attorneys with minimal resources or limited asylum experience to identify. We hope that the new database will further enhance the representation of asylum seekers across the country.

The CGRS Team

Center for Gender and Refugee Studies

UC Hastings College of the Law

200 McAllister Street | San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 565-4877 (Phone) | (415) 581-8824 (Fax)



Senior Program Officer position with RefugePoint

Title: Senior Program Officer
Reports to: Managing Director
Location: Cambridge, MA
Classification: Full-time, salaried (exempt)

Position Summary

The Senior Program Officer provides leadership and oversight for planning, implementation, evaluation, and documentation of RefugePoint initiatives. In particular, the Officer works directly with the Urban Refugee Program in Kenya, the Self-Reliance Community of Practice, and growing efforts to build capacity and expand impact through training, technical assistance and program expansion. The Senior Program Officer reports to the Managing Director and works closely with the Chief Strategy Officer, Kenya Country Director, and other staff. As requested, the Senior Program Officer will represent RefugePoint to external audiences at key fora.

Apply by March 5.   More details and how to apply for RefugePoint position here.

Call for Proposals: "Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Turbulent Times" conference at Baruch College, CUNY on 4/20/2018

Faculty, graduate students, and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for a full-day conference on “Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Turbulent Times.”  The conference takes place at Baruch College, CUNY in New York City on Friday, April 20, 2018.

Faculty, graduate students, and practitioners interested in participating should submit a 300-word proposal (use the form attached;please submit in Word/ .doc or .docx format) to Professor Els de Graauw (Els.deGraauw@baruch.cuny.edu). Proposals must be received by March 9th, 2018 in order to be considered.  Decisions will be announced by March 12th, 2018.  We will accept individual proposals, but not panel proposals.  Questions can be directed to Prof. de Graauw.

More details on the Call for Proposals and application materials here.

Writing Prize: Catholic Social Teaching and Human Rights

The Center for Civil and Rights (CCHR) at the University of Notre Dame, in partnership with Notre Dame's Journal of International and Comparative Law, announces its 2018 Prize for Outstanding Scholarship.

Submissions are now being accepted for papers investigating the intersection of International Human Rights Law and Catholic Social Teaching. Authors may approach the subject from a variety of perspectives, the goal being to illuminate the relationship between the two bodies of thought. Preference will be given to papers that make use of Convocate, CCHR’s online research portal for simultaneous examination of documents from both disciplines.

The winning submission will be published on Convocate, and the winner will be invited to publish in the Journal of International and Comparative Law. The competition winner will also receive a $1,000 cash prize.

More on Convocate can be found here.



Submissions will be accepted from any faculty member, scholar, graduate or post-graduate student, both domestically and internationally.

Submission Deadline

Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018.

The winning submission will be announced by April 30, 2018.

Submission Guidelines

Topic: The intersection of International Human Rights Law and Catholic Social Teaching

10,000 – 15,000 words

Bluebook footnote format strongly preferred

Authors must submit, along with their papers, the following:


Email address

Short title of paper



Engaged Scholarship & Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference, April 6-7

The 2018 Engaged Scholarship & Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference is the only conference that focuses on socially engaged research conducted by undergraduates. If you are an undergraduate doing independent research under the supervision of faculty, please consider submitting a proposal. Submission deadline February 23.

More details: https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3IeyHxXcKHg9jz7 

More information can be found at www.essjconference.fas.harvard.edu

Master in Migration Studies at the U. of San Francisco

Priority application deadline for Fall 2018 is February 15, 2018 and final application date is April 1, 2018.

More information on the USF program here.

Video about the program here: https://vimeo.com/232563743/b22e404a2d

Internship with the Refugee Program of the Research Program on Children and Adversity, Boston College School of Social Work

The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) seeks to understand trajectories of risk and resilience in children facing multiple forms of adversity, including poverty, conflict, and infectious disease. Through quantitative and qualitative research methods, the program investigates key mechanisms shaping child development and mental health. The “community based participatory research” Refugee Program in Boston is targeting families in the Bhutanese Lhotshampa and Somali Bantu refugee communities for a Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI).

The student would perform his/her internship/research assistant for the Refugee Program, one project under the RPCA. The student would have the ability to assist in a range of diverse tasks, yet the internship could be tailored to the student’s individual skillset and interests. The main scope of work would be project management and research program management support to the Program Manager. Responsibilities may include:

  • Creating project related materials, tracking timelines, assisting with budgets, attending meetings (sometimes at other agencies) and taking/sharing meeting minutes, assisting with data collection and the electronic data collection platform, assisting with staff training, assisting with program design and implementation, implementing project improvement initiatives, and building relationships within the community and across stakeholders.  
  • Data organizing, cleaning, and analyzing, as well as assistance on manuscript preparation, are also possible tasks.

Ideal candidate:

  • Is a self-starter who takes initiative
  • Is culturally humble and has experience working with people from diverse cultures
  • Has skills in project management
  • Is able to problem solve and be creative in proposing solutions
  • Understands social and behavioral determinants of physical and mental health
  • Has experience working in a research setting
  • Has skills in data management or analyses (preferred, but not required!)

Minimum hours per week: 10, flexible

Start date: Spring 2018

The position is unpaid but project staff is happy to work with students on obtaining academic credit or field placements.

If interested, please contact:

Jenna Berent, MPH
Refugee Program Manager
Phone: 585-766-0507
E-mail: jenna.berent@bc.edu
Daniel Young, MPA
Associate Director of Administration
Email: daniel.young.4@bc.edu

Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics

at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

June 1 - July 21, 2018

About the Program Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics offers a unique 2-month-long intensive summer program for American and international undergraduate and graduate students (along with a number of professionals) from varying disciplines. The program offers approximately 150-200 contact hours (depending on student preference).

Participants attend a series of morning lectures surveying the field of bioethics; attend intensive seminars on special topics such as neuroethics, care for the dying, bioethics and law, philosophy, “Ableist Narratives in Bioethics and Disability Studies,” technology and ethics, public health ethics, and more. 2017 seminars are listed here; 2018 seminars will be published soon and will be similar. Specific seminars on clinical ethics will return to the 2018 program. Students also attend discussion groups and visit the esteemed Hastings Center.

More info and how to apply to the Yale Summer Institute here.