International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Internship Opportunities

WHAT IMPACT DO YOU WANT TO HAVE ON THE WORLD? Start making a difference with the IRC.

Interning with the IRC gives you the chance to change a life. Forced to flee conflict and persecution, many refugees have survived against incredible odds for years in refugee camps or temporary settlements. They step off the plane into an unfamiliar country and unknown future, having traveled thousands of miles with next to nothing but their dignity and determination.  Interns are an integral part of IRC's operations and leave with transferable non-profit skills and hands-on experience related to refugee resettlement, case management, immigration services, acculturation, food security, economic empowerment, development and non-profit management.

Before applying, click on the links below to learn more about IRC internship:

Frequently Asked Questions

Recent Intern Experiences

Program Information

All Internship Opportunities


IRC in Oakland - Now accepting applications for Fall Internships

Annually the IRC Oakland hosts highly experiential internships that demand intuitive, motivated, and professional candidates. Our office is a fast-paced environment that is successful due to both the personal initiative of individual staff members and the team-like mentality of the entire organization. The ideal intern candidate will be able to complete their daily responsibilities and problem solve with minimal supervision and provides support as needed to the overall team. Interns work alongside staff to provide direct services. All leave their internship with transferable skills that can help launch a career within the nonprofit sector.

Important Dates:

Priority application deadline July 31st. Accepting applications until August 15th. Desired start date in August or early September.


All Internships require 15 – 20 hours per week for a minimum of 4-6 month period commitment.

Current Internship Opportunities:

Access & Legal Rights - Deferred Action Program

Access & Legal Rights - Immigration Services

Anti-Human Trafficking

Center for Economic Opportunity - Refugee Workforce Development

Development and Marketing

ETL Instructor

General Admin & Office Support

New Roots - Casework

New Roots - Development

New Roots - Food Secure Resettlement

New Roots - Youth Programs

Refugee Resettlement - Casework

Refugee Resettlement - Cultural Orientation

Refugee Resettlement - Intensive Case Management

Volunteer Coordination

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IRC in San Jose - Now accepting applications for Summer Internships

To check out current internships and apply, click here (under Search Openings categorize by Location to view available opportunities with US-CA-San Jose), or email


IRC in Sacramento - Now accepting applications for Summer Internships 
To check out current internships and apply, click here (under Search Openings categorize by Location or email

IRC in Turlock
Email for available opportunities.