International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Refugee Resettlement 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 Case Management Team provides initial services to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including (but not limited to) securing housing, addressing medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security and California ID cards, and linking refugees to our internal and mainstream services. 



  • 15 - 20 hours per week, to be completed in 2-3 full days during IRC’s regular business hours of 9 am – 4 pm Monday - Friday
  • Please note that the IRC is very flexible with mideterm, school holiday, and changing class schedules.



  • Conduct community orientations for newly arrived refugees (to IRC, health clinic, job, shopping centers, etc.)
  • Enroll refugees in public assistance programs such as food stamps, medical, cash assistance, etc. This includes filling out necessary paperwork and requires that interns complete with solid accuracy and a strong attention to details.
  • Assist in  obtaining California IDs and Social Security Cards for newly arrived refugees
  • Take refugees to social security office, social services,  doctor appointments and  other meetings in the community
  • Provide daily, on-going assistance in the management of refugee case files. This includes working on the IRC database to enter notes on recent activities and working with physical case files to ensure all paperwork is in order and filled out correctly



  • Gain first hand experience and knowledge of the refugee resettlement process. This includes learning: the processes and protocols required of an international refugee nonprofit, the challenges newly arrived refugees face, and the network of public assistance programs offered in Northern California.
  • 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
  • Computer literacy with PC systems
  • Minimum of 2 years of completed undergraduate experience


This position reports to the Resettlement Case Manager



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