International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Employment Development Intern



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.



The Employment Development Intern will provide essential support to our clients through intensive job development activities. The EED Intern will work closely and communicate often with the Volunteer Coordinator, ESL Instructor, and Employment Specialist to provide clients with U.S. and local community orientation, resettlement services, and progress toward self-sufficiency.



12 to 15 hours per week for three months, and a courtesy notice of two weeks before leaving the organization.  Tentative start and end date is November 5 to January 14.



·     Networking with local businesses/potential employers to create partnerships for direct job placements or sponsorships, and promote the IRC cause

·     Instill work ethic and understanding of the importance of employment and English development in clients

·     Prepare clients for interviews and develop skills for communicating and networking with businesses and employers

·     Assist clients with job searches and applications and professional documents (resumes, cover letters)

·     Develop resources for clients and volunteers to utilize in the employment development and ESL programs

·     Provide ongoing orientation and immersion in public transportation, community, professional development, and U.S. culture and customs

·     Lead volunteers and clients in computer lab activities daily

·     Monitor and report client progress through monthly logs and meetings with Volunteer Coordinator, ESL Instructor, and Employment Specialist

·     Other related duties as assigned, possibly in resettlement case work or immigration services



·     Excellent employment record, competency and knowledge of U.S. employment culture and customs

·     Compassion and commitment to assisting recently arrived refugees, asylum-seekers, and victims of trafficking with orientation and resettlement

·     Strong public speaking and networking skills

·     Attention to detail and diligent documentation

·     Strong interest in learning about IRC history, cause, and general humanitarian efforts

·     Willing to adhere to IRC workplace policies

·     Ability to work professionally and compassionately in a highly diverse environment

·     Adaptability, creativity, and ability to work independently

·     Strong computer and social network competency

·     Fluency in foreign languages highly valued

·     A car/driver’s license is preferred



·     As an intern, you will get hands-on experience dealing with the practical aspects of helping newly arrived refugees on their path from harm to home, towards the restoration of safety, dignity, and self-sufficiency

·     You will learn the skills necessary for networking, resource development and non-profit processes

·     You will gain a comprehensive overview of population movement and refugee issues

·     You will interact with refugees and learn about diverse cultures and histories; especially in conflict areas throughout the world

·     Good opportunity for people interested in a career in refugee resettlement, social work, employment counseling, nonprofit administration, human rights advocacy.



Apply by sending your cover letter and resume to Volunteer Coordinator, Catherine Ngo, at Title document “Employment Development 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.