International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Deferred Action Program Internship



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.



As one of the IRC’s 22 domestic resettlement offices, the IRC San Jose office works to assist refugees in rebuilding their lives and reuniting families in Santa Clara County. Since opening its doors in 1979, the San Jose office has served as the gateway to over 20,000 refugees, who through their own unique cultures and talents, have helped to build a stronger community.  A committed staff of professionals and volunteers provide essential resettlement services to refugee families, providing them with the resources and tools to start over and regain control of their lives.  Services include meeting basic needs, orientation, referrals to local resources, job placement and community participation activities.



Under the supervision of IRC in San Jose immigration legal team, the Deferred Action Program Intern will assist with the initiative to raise awareness for the IRC’s immigration services and assist with applications for Deferred Action. The IRC in San Jose hopes to provide information and free consultations to a minimum of 200 individuals and file a minimum of 100 applications for Deferred Action by January 31st.



12 to 15 hours per week, for a minimum of three months, with a courtesy notice of at least two weeks prior to leaving the organization. Tentative start and end date is November 5 to January 25.



·     Researching and networking with local immigration lawyers to promote the IRC program and establish partnerships

·     Perform outreach for IRC immigration services to acquire new clients throughout the community and at events

·     Screen clients for eligibility for Deferred Action

·     Assist with the collection of mandatory documents to file for Deferred Action

·     Assist with completing forms to file for Deferred Action

·     Perform front-of-office reception and administrative tasks while in office

·     Other related duties as assigned



·     Extensive background or previous study, and interest in immigration law

·     Diligence about communicating and updating IRC immigration staff and office Volunteer Coordinator on tasks and projects

·     Willingness to learn about IRC history, philosophy, global work, and local efforts

·     Adherence to IRC employment policies and ability to work with consideration and respect in a highly diverse environment

·     Dependability and flexibility to take initiative and work independently

·     Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English. Fluency in Spanish is highly valued.

·     A car/driver’s license is beneficial, but not required.



·     Understanding and hands-on experience with immigration law work

·     Experience working with a non-profit organization and refugee resettlement agency

·     Daily interaction with refugees/asylees, and unique knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of cultures.

·     Significant impact on undocumented immigrants’ efforts to remain in the U.S.; direct part in the IRC’s mission to restore dignity and bring people from harm to home



Apply by sending your cover letter and resume to Volunteer Coordinator, Catherine Ngo, at Title document “Deferred Action Program Intern Application”. Applications are due October 29.


* 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.