Fellow, Part Time

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration (Presidents’ Alliance) seeks an energetic, collaborative, and thoughtful Fellow, part-time (Feb 2024 to May/June 2024) dedicated to increasing educational access and equity for refugee and displaced students and collaborating with institutions and partner organizations. 

The ideal candidate is a graduate student with experience or interest in working on issues at the intersection of higher education and immigration. Students completing a Bachelor’s degree and recent alum will also be considered.

Position Responsibilities 

  • Outreach to and build connections with students and alumni in the U.S. with lived refugee experience to serve as advisors in the work of the Presidents’ Alliance to improve refugee student access to U.S. higher education.

  • Help coordinate the Refugee Student Strategy Table, including helping to schedule meetings, develop meeting agendas, write meeting notes, and share updates and new resources with Strategy Table members.

  • Research and compile a comprehensive list of higher education institutions’ engagement with refugees

  • Support the maintenance of the “Refugee Resource Hub” on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal, including reviewing and updating event submissions, spotlight models, and directory profiles.

  • Provide support for the Higher Ed Immigration Portal, by identifying, supporting drafts, and uploading student and alumni narratives into the Portal.

  • Support regular reporting and tracking of U.S. higher education engaged in refugee work through the compilation and organization of activity data and online research.

  • Assist with day-to-day operations of the Presidents’ Alliance, such as providing logistical support for meetings and webinars, assist with scheduling and note-taking, etc.
  • Perform additional tasks as needed or required.

Qualifications & Requirements 

  • Our ideal candidate is a current student pursuing an advanced degree in social sciences, student affairs, education, or communications. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred, but students completing a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree will also be considered.

  • Ability to work between 10 to 15 hours per week and have a set schedule during the work week.

  • Strong writing, verbal, and presentation skills. Experience or willingness to help coordinate meetings, write reports, plan webinars, and/or update website content.

  • Ability to work independently, solve problems creatively, and collaborate effectively with colleagues, member institutions, partners, and Presidents’ Alliance team members.

  • Time management and project management skills with the ability to prioritize work, deliver high-quality, accurate work, and meet multiple deadlines.

  • Ability to conduct basic data analysis, visualization, and database management.  Experience with Excel, Powerpoint, Microsoft/Google Office products, Asana, Constant Contact, Zoom, and WordPress systems welcomed.

  • Willingness to learn and grow professionally.

Position Location & Structure 

This part-time fellowship is a virtual independent contractor position, with preference for those in the NYC or DMV area. Independent contractors are not required to show I9 documentation, are not benefited employees, and are paid as vendors.  The rate for the position is $20-22 per hour and it will run from February 2024 to May or June 2024. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Applications should consist of a cover letter and a current resume. Please submit applications here.

About the Presidents’ Alliance 

The non-partisan, nonprofit Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration brings college and university presidents and chancellors together on the immigration issues that impact higher education, our students, campuses, communities and nation. We work to advance just, forward-looking immigration policies and practices at the federal, state, and campus levels that are consistent with our heritage as a nation of immigrants and the academic values of equity and openness. The Alliance comprises over 500 presidents and chancellors of public and private colleges and universities, enrolling over five million students in 43 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.