International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Internship Opportunities

The IRC provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. In Los Angeles and many other regional offices across the country, the IRC helps them rebuild their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. To accomplish this, IRC-LA relies heavily on efforts by our interns and volunteers.

Interns are asked to work at least 15-20 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of 3-4 months. This is an unpaid internship. Preference is given to those who can contribute more hours. 

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Alondra Serna, Volunteer Coordinator:

Development Intern

The Development Intern will support The IRC in Los Angeles office by building donor networks, researching and writing grant applications, soliciting and tracking donations, and assisting with refugee advocacy. Learn more.

Journalism Intern

The Journalism intern will write articles that reflect the lives of refugees and their communities. His/her work will be used in newsletters, social media, and on the IRC website. The expected work may include interviewing refugees, asylees, and immigrants. No special language skills are required, but the ideal candidate will possess well developed writing and reporting skills and is organized, with special attention to detail. Learn more.

Reception and Placement Program Intern

The Casework Team provides initial services to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including (but not limited to) securing housing, addressing medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security and California ID cards, and linking refugees to our internal and mainstream services. Case workers also offer counseling in home-budgeting, crisis intervention, family counseling and other areas of social adjustment. Learn more.

Employment Specialist Intern

The Employment Specialist Intern will support the Early Employment team. The Employment Specialist intern will assist the Employment Specialist through client vocational skills development and job placement. Learn more.

Immigration Program Intern

The Immigration intern will help provide services to clients seeking various forms of immigration assistance. The intern will learn about and gain experience in the naturalization process; how to file various citizenship and naturalization forms, as well as forms for immigration benefits. The intern will also assist with community outreach and grant reporting. Learn more.

Child and Youth Protection and Development Communications Intern

The CYPD Communications Intern will help the team share a wide range of information about all of IRC’s programs and activities benefitting children and youth (including child health, adolescent reproductive health, education, child and youth protection, youth and livelihoods) to diverse audiences. Learn more.

Anti-Trafficking Outreach Intern

The intern will conduct outreach and engage with local service providers to identify survivors of human trafficking. Intern will assist with providing comprehensive case management services to victims of trafficking. Learn more.