International Rescue Committee (IRC)

First Things First Women’s Literacy Intern

First Things First is an innovative program that provides intensive beginning English as a Second Language (ESL) services to refugee women, while their young children participate in on-site educational childcare. The ESL topics are tailored to the specific survival needs of women and families. Each day, the women’s and children’s classes come together for a joint mother-child activity that reinforces the day’s learning.


This internship is 10 hours a week for a minimum of 3 months. Interns must be available during class time 9:30-11:30am Monday to Thursday.   Responsibilities: 
  • Assist instructor with developing and implementing pre-literacy and literacy-level appropriate activities
  • Assist instructor in daily classroom activities, including one-on-one tutoring, leading small group practice, and teaching specific components of the curriculum
  • Support program activities by researching new curriculum content and preparing educational materials as requested by instructor
  • Assist with record-keeping, data entry, and file maintenance to support program administration
  • Support structure and schedule of program
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings
  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Must be comfortable working in a cross-cultural environment
  • Experience working with refugees or immigrants preferred
  • Previous teaching experience a plus
  • Must be flexible and creative
  • Must have initiative and be able to work independently
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude
   For more information or to apply, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or 678-636-8928.