International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Employment 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. Employment is an essential element in helping refugees become economically self-sufficient. The Employment Intern will work closely with the Job Developer to support all aspects of clients' employment. This internship allows candidates the opportunity to work closely with refugee clients and help them on a one-on-one basis.



  • 15  hours per week to be completed during regular business hours, M-F 9 am – 4 pm
  • Desired start in January with commitment through May 2013




  • Work with refugees to help: create a resume, teach job search techniques, fill out applications, etc.
  • Mentor refugees on US workplace culture and how to be a successful employee
  • Teach clients how to use public transportation to get to their new job and home
  • Research potential employers/businesses that could hire our refugee clients
  • Assist the Job Developer with creating new employment classes
  • Maintain clients files and update notes on the IRC database
  • Enter volunteer hours and other data into monthly grant report



  • Gain first hand experience and knowledge of the job development, skills that can be utilized across several nonprofit sectors.  
  • 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.



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” 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.



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