Spring 2019 Internships at Colibrí

The Colibrí Center is looking for committed interns to join our team in the Spring of 2019!

The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that seeks truth and justice for families of those who have died or disappeared along the U.S.-Mexico border. We are a committed and compassionate community comprised of people dedicated to defending the human rights of immigrants and their families.

Colibrí has hosted an internship program since it was founded in 2013, and we are seeking several interns for the Spring 2019 semester. All internships will last approximately four months, from January 14th through May 10th. We welcome applications from people from all walks of life; those interested in social sciences, human rights, Latin American studies, Mexican American studies, anthropology, social work, art, and public administration are especially encouraged to apply.

Please note: All interns must work in person at one of Colibrí’s two offices in Tucson, Arizona. Colibrí is unable to accept remote interns, and all internships are unpaid. We are happy to coordinate so that the internships can count for academic credit.

For the spring of 2019, Colibrí is seeking interns for the following 8-10 positions:

  1. Missing Migrant Project Intern (3-5 people)
  2. Communications & Social Media Intern (1-2 people)
  3. Business Development Intern (1 person)
  4. Fundraising Intern (1 person)
  5. Family Network Intern (1 person)

Please read the brief job descriptions for each position on the following pages. To apply, please fill out this application form. Please do not email Colibrí separately unless you are unable to use the form.

Open Positions:


These interns will take missing person reports by phone for those who have disappeared on the border, following up with families who have contacted Colibrí to report a missing relative. Other tasks may include communicating with families to coordinate their participation in other Colibrí programs, scanning and filing documents, and organizing database records.


  • — Able to work in person
  • — Fully bilingual in Spanish and English
  • — Those with training in social work or related field are especially encouraged to apply.



The Communications & Social Media interns will support Colibrí’s outreach needs by creating content suitable for our various platforms, including our website, social media accounts, and email list.


  • — Able to work in person
  • — Strong writing skills
  • — Graphic design skills and proficiency using Canva or similar platforms
  • — Familiarity with major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)



The Family Network Intern will be tasked with help develop and coordinate the Family Network revista, a monthly bulletin written by and for families of disappeared migrants. This person will help with outreach to families to collect content for each issue as well as compile and organize each issue and coordinate mailing to families.


  • — Able to work in person
  • — Advanced proficiency in Spanish. Fully bilingual in Spanish and English strongly preferred, but not required
  • — Strong writing and communication skills
  • — Some graphic design experience and/or familiarity with programs such as Adobe InDesign preferred, but not required



The Business Development Intern will assist in a semester-long project to build a fundraising database and donor tracking system. This student may also work on creative ways to engage individual donors, and connect Colibrí’s data to our communications plan. Colibrí is particularly interested in students working toward an MBA, MPA, or other management degree.


  • — Able to work in person
  • — Pursuing a business, finance, or management degree
  • — Strong organizational skills
  • — Proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • — Experience with Salesforce and/or database design and management would be particularly helpful, but not required



The Fundraising Intern will work closely with the Executive Director and with the Business Development Intern to develop and execute an individual donor outreach plan as well as support grant writing efforts.


  • — Able to work in person
  • — Strong writing and organizational skills

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