International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Journalism Intern

 

Job Title: Journalism Intern
Country Profile: US Programs
Location: Los Angeles
 
BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.
 
SCOPE OF WORK: The Journalism intern will support The IRC in Los Angeles office by writing articles that reflect the lives of refugees and their communities. The ideal candidate will possess well developed writing and reporting skills and is organized, with special attention to detail.
 
COMMITMENT: Intern will have the opportunity to work at least 10-15 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of 3-4 months. This is an unpaid internship. 
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
•Generate and pitch story ideas about refugees in the Los Angeles area
•Research and conduct qualitative interviews with refugees, asylees and immigrants about their resettlement experience
•Write stories that will be featured in newsletters, social media, and on the IRC website
•Write engaging content aimed at promoting the work of the Los Angeles office
 
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
1.Intern will gain journalism experience interacting with and documenting the incredible stories of recently resettled refugees 
 
REQUIREMENTS: 
•Current undergraduate, graduate Journalism student, or less than one year out of school
•Flexibility, resourcefulness, and easy-going attitude a plus
•Be able to work independently with minimal supervision
•Must be culturally sensitive and respectful of various backgrounds, lifestyles and beliefs
•Fluent in English; Fluency in Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, Spanish, and Chinese a plus
•Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies
•Respect client privacy and treat information as confidential 
•Valid California Driver’s License and operating vehicle with insurance to travel to interviews.
 
To apply please send a cover letter, résumé and news clips to Alondra Serna, Volunteer Coordinator: Alondra.Serna@rescue.org