International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Aid Work: Internships | The IRC Offers Internships for Aid Work

Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.

—Albert Einstein

Over the years, many who have made outstanding contributions to the IRC began their work with us as interns, volunteers and fellows.

The IRC Fellows Program has introduced hundreds of students, health professionals, attorneys and teachers to the field of humanitarian assistance.

Attracted by the IRC's spirit and tradition of service, they return to their studies or careers changed by the experience. As congressional aides, doctors, journalists, academics and staff of other relief and human rights organizations, they are among the world’s best advocates for refugees. Others have continued on as dedicated and successful employees of the IRC.

There are two types of opportunities in the Fellows Program:

• Those open to all applicants and posted at

• Those filled exclusively through specific institutions

The IRC is proud to have established strong partnerships with universities and institutions, including Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, The New School, Pfizer, and the United Federation of Teachers, to create fellowship programs designed to enhance the academic, professional and life experiences of participants in addition to supporting the health, protection and education work of the IRC.