International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Refugee Employment Assistant



This year, the IRC in Oakland will be resettling international refugees from Eritrea, Bhutan, Burma, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia. Employment is an essential element in helping refugees become economically self-sufficient. This internship will be working on high level logistics in close tandem with the IRC Employment Specialist, which will expose the candidate to the inner workings of refugee resettlement.



15 - 20 hours per week completed over 2-3 days



  • Work with refugees to create monthly budgets and resettlement plans that guide them in their educational and work choices
  • Help engage clients in IRC services, referring them to ESL, financial  literacy, and public health classes that are offered internally
  • On an on-going basis, maintain clients files and update case notes on the IRC database




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

·         Personal experience with finding, attaining, and keeping paid employment (restaurant, retail, warehouse, etc.)

·         Computer literacy with PC systems

·         Minimum of 2 years of completed undergraduate experience



This position reports to the Employment Specialist




Apply by sending your resume and a cover letter as a single Word document to Volunteer & Internship Coordinator Rachel Taber at Title document “Employment Intern Application”


* 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.