International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Refugee Financial Literacy Intrenship


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 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new refugee arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.


This year, the IRC in Oakland will be resettling international refugees from Eritrea, Bhutan, Burma, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia. The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance and counseling though all stages of resettlement. As part of these services, the need for financial literacy training and mentoring is great. All incoming refugees need to understand basic financial services and learn how to access them as needed.


10 - 15 hours per week to be completed between Monday – Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm; Position to begin week of September 23rd. internship is unpaid.


Complete individualized budgeting session with refugees to teach them how to manage income and expenses Assist refugees with setting up bank accounts, explaning checks, utilizing ATMs, and other financial services Assist with teach vocational English classes based on financial literacy concepts Help refugees understand and make their International Organization of Migration (IOM) loan repayments LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Gain first hand experience and knowledge of how to help refugees manage their income and assets, which has a dramatic impact on their ability to succeed and helps you to build skills that can be utilized across several nonprofit sectors. Gain nonprofit professional experience. Interns are seen and utilized as an extension of IRC staff, and all leave their internship with transferable skills that can help launch a career within the nonprofit sector


We require that candidates have the following qualities: Solidly reliable with strong attention to timeliness Excellent communication skills (both interpersonal and with supervisors) Possess a great attention to detail and be truly organized Have a strong sense of personal initiative and be able to work independently in a fast-paced office An interest in international and refugee issues Computer literacy with PC systems Minimum of 2 years of completed undergraduate experience


Teaching/mentoring experience Experience working with mulit-cultural populations Basic knowledge of U.S. financial services This position reports to the Financial Literacy Program Manager APPLYING: Apply by sending your resume and a cover letter as a single Word document to Volunteer & Internship Coordinator Rachel Taber at Title document “Financial Literacy Intern Application”. Applications accepted until November 30th. * Cover letters should clearly state your time availability, which includes 1) a specific, projected start and end date, 2) the number of hours you are available each week, and 3) the days and times in which you are available. IRC leading the way from harm to home.