International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Mental Health 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.  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 Mental Health program is a new service area for the IRC in Oakland and will help refugees access medical providers, particularly mental health.



8 – 12 hours per week (preferably all day Thursday; if not, at least one 4 hour shift on Thursday)



  • Research refugee resources, low cost providers for mental health and other health services
  • Follow up with clients; set up additional appointments, call about check ups
  • Maintain case files, assist with data entry, tracking, filing, and other administrative tasks
  • Other assignments as needed



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, health and wellness, and social work; prior experience with a multi-cultural setting a plus
  • Computer literacy with PC systems
  • Current undergraduate, or recently graduated student




This position reports to the Executive Director





Apply by sending your resume and a cover letter as a single Word document to Volunteer & Internship Coordinator . Title document “Mental Health Intern Application”. Interviews will be the 1st – 2nd week of February, with an ideal start date the week of February 10th.


* 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.





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