International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Refugee Resettlement Research Intern (Graduate Level Internship)


In August 2013, the IRC in Northern California welcomed a new Executive Director, Mona Masri, who is working to help grow IRC’s presence in Northern California and expand the services to be provided to newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers. Ms. Masri is recruiting a graduate level intern to work directly to help for a 4-month period. This internship will focus on identifying new sources of short term and long-term affordable housing as well as researching the feasibility of creating strategic partnerships to ensure IRC is able to place refugees in the most appropriate and affordable housing and enhance IRC’s resettlement services. This internship will offer the candidate a rare opportunity to learn about this facet of refugee resettlement on a first hand basis. The candidate will report directly to the Executive Director and be an integral part to this office’s growth over the next year.



10 – 15 hours per week from September – December 2013. internship is unpaid.




  • Research and submit requests to organizations that could provide in-kind donations to assist with home furnishing
  • Research Northern California grantmakers to identify foundations that make affordable housing grants and create pipeline of opportunities
  • Research 1) affordable housing programs (both public and private) that are appropriate for newly arrived immigrants or in which refugees can transition to more affordable housing as renters and 2) s for long-term clients who are ready for home ownership
  • Create a roadmap of services to outline the available services and opportunities for refugees to move from renting towards home ownership



We require that candidates have the following qualities:


  • Solidly reliable with strong attention to timeliness
  • Ability to manage research projects and meet deadlines
  • Comfortable with searching through large data sets , extracting relevant information, and summarizing findings into concise and easy to understand reports
  • 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
  • In the process of, or recently graduated from, a relevant masters program


This position reports to the Executive Director



  • Gain first-hand experience and in-depth knowledge of the refugee resettlement process and affordable housing from a seasoned professional.
  • 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 “Refugee Affordable Housing Research Intern Application”. We will accept applications through September 13th, 2013.


* 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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