International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Health Access 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.  Domestically, our 22 offices across the U.S. ensure new refugee arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.



This year, the IRC in Oakland will be resettling international refugees from Eritrea, Bhutan, Burma, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia. The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance and counseling though all stages of resettlement. The Health Access Team is a new service area for the IRC in Oakland and will help refugees access mental health and other medical providers and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle in the US.



  • 15 hours per week; to be completed during regular business hours, M-F 9 am – 4 pm
  • Preference for candidates that can offer a 6 commitment; 4 month minimum
  • IRC is committed to working with student schedules. As such, we are flexible to accommodate time off for midterms and school holidays, and altering time availability with changing class schedules.




Community Health Clinic Specialist

Having a usual source of care, or medical home, is essential in assuring that our refugee clients have a place where they can seek medical care, advice, and preventative services.  Interns will work one-on-one with clients to assure that they establish a medical home through: filling out Medi-Cal Choice forms, registering the client at the community clinic, follow up on their first PCP appointments, and educating client on utilizing services.


Health Navigator

As a part of all refugee resettlement, all clients must take part in a Refugee Health Screening that is performed twice weekly (Monday and Thursday) at Eastmont Wellness Center in East Oakland.  Interns will bring clients to their Eastmont Wellness Center visits as well as follow up appointments with providers, WIC and EBT enrollment, and other medical visits as needed. 


Health Educator

The U.S. health system is complicated and confusing, even for those of us who are natives! When refugee clients arrive in the United States, they have different experiences and expectations around health care services, doctors, and health insurance; some may not even be coming from countries that have a well established health system. Interns will help lead education courses that will orient refugees to the U.S/Alameda County Health system (ie. health insurance, clinics, patient rights, etc) and preventative health topics (ie. nutrition, first aid, health screenings etc). 




  • We require that candidates have the following qualities:
  • Solidly reliable with strong attention to timeliness
  • Excellent communication skills (both interpersonal and with supervisors)
  • Possess a great attention to detail and be truly organized
  • Have a strong sense of personal initiative and be able to work independently in a fast-paced office.
  • An interest in international and refugee issues; prior experience with a mulit-cultural setting a plus
  • Computer literacy with PC systems
  • Minimum of 3 years of completed undergraduate experience in a relevant field of study



  • Currently pursuing or recently completed relevant program (Public Health, Molecular Cell Biology, Integrative Biology, Sociology, Kineseology)
  • Pursuing or recently completed master degree



This position reports to the Health Access Program Manager




Apply by sending your resume and a cover letter as a single Word document to Volunteer & Internship Coordinator Rachel Taber at Title document (Health Access Internship Application" Applications accepted until November 30th.


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.