International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Employment & Career Development Internship


*Please note that this is an unpaid 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.



The Employment and Career Development Intern will work closely with the Alameda County LEP Employment Consortium to assist in casework, maintain database, and aid intake by helping to oversee many of the employment and career services provided by the IRC, communicate with consortium partners, create monthly reports, support initial refugee resettlement, and volunteer special events.   This is a unique opportunity to gain skills in an essential component of non-profit work.



  • 10-15 hours per week to be completed during regular business hours, M-F 9 am – 4 pm\
  • IRC is committed to working with student schedules. As such, we are flexible with to accommodate time off for midterms and school holidays, and altering time availability with changing class schedules.



  • Help manage IRC's employment, language and career development services provided under the Alameda County Employment Consortium grants
  • Assist in preparing quantitative monthly reporting.
  • Maintain relationships with consortium partners.
  • Help with initial client intake/maintain case files.



We require that candidates have the following qualities:

  • Solidly reliable with strong attention to timelines
  • Excellent communication skills (both interpersonal and written)
  • Possess a great attention to detail and organization
  • Have a strong sense of personal initiative and be able to work independently in a fast-paced office
  • Desire to gain skills in the development area of non-profit management
  • An interest in international and refugee issues
  • Computer literacy with PC systems



  • Minimum of 2 years of completed undergraduate experience
  • 3 – 6 month commitment; The final candidate will become an integral part of our fundraising team and be trained/mentored on grant-writing, special events, and other skills building responsibilities. As such, we want someone that we can invest time and energy in training and who will have the time to learn and grow in the position



  • Gain nonprofit professional experience. Interns are seen and utilized as an extension of IRC staff, and all leave their internship with transferable skills that can help launch a career within the nonprofit sector.



Apply by sending your resume, and a cover letter as a single Word document to Volunteer & Internship Coordinator Rachel Taber at . Title document “Employment & Career Development 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.


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