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Multiple Internship Opportunities

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.  Domestically, our 28 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.

Locally, the IRC supports the resettlement of 500-600 individuals every year and provides all-encompassing services to them for the first 12-15 months that they are present in our community. During this time frame we assist clients with all their needs with the goal of self-sufficiency. This Summer the IRC has several internships that are client-facing and based on social work that we hope to fill. Please see the details below and apply for any that are of interest to you. For questions regarding any of these internships, please contact

Please note that all IRC internships are UNPAID. We have small reimbursements available for hours worked and any mileage put on a personal vehicle, however, it is nothing close to a living wage.

Employment Development Intern


  • Conduct client outreach by phone or in-person to complete employment assessments and gather information on new job placements.
  • Assist clients to draft their first resumes and continually update resumes to reflect an expanding work history and skill set.
  • Assist clients to complete job applications, including online, email or paper applications.
  • Prepare clients for job interviews by conducting mock interviews and mapping out public transportation.
  • Assist employment specialists with job club classes.
  • Provide interpretation for the Employment Specialist and other members of the Economic Empowerment team, as needed.
  • Provide occasional coverage for the IRC office main phone line, directing messages to the appropriate staff member.


  1. Gain hands-on experience and on-the-job training to provide employment services to a large and diverse client caseload.
  2. Gain experience working in an office environment and using standard office platforms and the client database.
  3. Gain experience with United States employment law, especially in relation to refugees and asylees.
  4. Learn principles of representing and advocating for clients
  5. Learn principles of case and case file management.
  6. Improve resume writing, job searching, interviewing and personal skills.


  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate/undergraduate program, or have graduated less than 6 months ago
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English; fluency in additional foreign language preferred.
  • Background check is required
  • Prior experience or demonstrated interest working with refugees and asylees highly desired.
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently on assigned tasks and a high-degree of comfort working in an external-facing, client support role.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and client service orientation including the ability to be resourceful and creative to address client needs.
  • Good time management and organizational skills.
  • A positive attitude and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality.
  • High degree of familiarity working with standard computer office programs such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Teams and Google Voice required.

Posistion Logistics:

  • Length of Service: 16+ weeks
  • Compensation: This an unpaid internship
  • Hours: 20-40 hours a week, in 4+ hour blocks
  • Program Manager: Omar Alsalim, Employment Program Manager
  • Apply for this position HERE>>

Casework Intern

Essential Functions:  

  • New arrival services: assist with airport pickup, home safety orientation, grocery shopping, apply for social security card, apply for benefits at DWS, activate EBT card, lease signing, setting up utilities, office intake, furniture delivery, bus orientations, paying bills, home safety & cleaning orientation, etc.
  • Core Services: ESL & public school enrollment, cultural orientation, housing applications, transportation to appointments
  • Employment search: work with individual clients to learn about their skills and prior work experience, search for jobs, create resumes, and assist with interview preparation
  • Needs assessment, budgeting, action plans, home visits
  • Referral and connection to community services
  • File case notes, complete data entry, and participate in case staffing and staff meetings


  • Background in social work OR other related fields
  • Experience working with refugees/diverse populations
  • Motivated, flexible and ability to work independently, prioritize, and manage time effectively
  • Strong computer skill with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work as a team member in a cross-cultural environment
  • IRC orientation and background check required
  • Must be currently enrolled in a graduate/undergraduate program, or have graduated less than 6 months ago

Posistion Logistics:

  • Length of Service: 16+ weeks
  • Compensation: This an unpaid internship
  • Hours: 20-40 hours a week, in 4+ hour blocks
  • Program Manager: Tee Mu, Casework Program Manager
  • Apply for this position HERE>>
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Last Updated: 4/23/24