Frequently Asked Intern Questions
What is the time commitment that is required of an IRC internship?
A majority of IRC internships require a 10 - 25 hour commitment a week for a period of 3 - 6 months, and each individual internship listing has the specific time requirement clearly stated. IRC offices in Northern California are generally open between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, and internships occur during regular business hours Monday - Friday. Hours are normally met by completeing half or whole days at the office.
Do you offer full time intern positions?
Often we receive queries from students who are looking to take a semester to work full time (40 hours/week) as an intern in exchange for credits or as an opportunity to extend their study abroad program. If this applies to you, please email the local office contact below to see if there are any opportunities available. We are often able to accomodate these situations so we encourage people to reach out!
- Oakland: VolunteerNC@rescue.org
- Sacramento: Sheena.Lennie@Rescue.org
- San Jose: Catherine.Ngo@Rescue.org
- Turlock: Kathrene.Razo@rescue.org
- Modesto: Linda.Listener@rescue.org
Can I get school credit for an internship at the IRC?
Yes, though you will have to work with your university's adminstration to get the internship approved for credit. The IRC will sign any documents or submit any forms on your behalf that you may need to confirm your time and role as an intern.
There are a few internships that I am interested in, can I apply to more than one at a time?
Yes. Please follow directions on each separate internship listing and submit separate applications as directed.
Do you offer paid internships?
At this time no, all internships at the IRC are unpaid.
I've applied for an internship and did not get the position, can I reapply in the future?
Absolutely - we encourage it! Very often we enjoy all the candidates that we meet for an internship opportunity, but we are limited at that time in the number we can take on. Please check back to see what new internships we have posted in the future and apply again.
What are the benefits of interning with the IRC?
- 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
- Comprehensive understanding of refugee, asylee, and immigrant ssues
- Daily interaction with refugees, which allows one to learn about diverse cultures and histories, especially in conflict areas throughout the world
- Network with like-minded people interested in a career in refugee resettlement, social work, employment counseling, nonprofit administration, human rights, and advocacy
- Interns leave with transferable skills that helps with employment in the nonprofit or social services field
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