International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Employment Specialist Intern

Title: Employment Specialist Intern
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Duration: Minimum 3 month commitment
Hours: 10-25 hours per week

Scope: Staff and volunteers collaborate with newly arrived refugees to create plans for self-sufficiency and offer support, guidance and counseling though all stages of resettlement. These plans include budgeting, setting goals, and plugging into various programs, classes and services. Employable clients are enrolled into a federal program through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) called the Matching Grant program. The goal of the Matching Grant program is to assist qualifying populations in attaining economic self-sufficiency within 120 to 180 days of arrival to the United States. Self-sufficiency must be achieved without accessing public cash assistance.

Employment is an essential component of refugee resettlement process and participation in trainings and classes are crucial in achieving early self-sufficiency. The Employment Specialist Intern will offer their expertise and organizational skills to help provide Matching Grant clients with the tools necessary to become self-sufficient and ultimately financially independent.


  • Assist with the coordination of service delivery and fulfillment of the self-sufficiency plan
  • Assist Employment Specialists and clients in developing the self-sufficiency plan
  • Create a client profile/resume using the self-sufficiency plan
  • Assist with scheduling, logistics, recordkeeping, reporting, and data entry and analysis
  • Create and maintain client calendar of scheduled events
  • Work directly with clients and reinforce collaboration with Employment Specialists
  • Work with Employment Specialists and trainers to notify clients of upcoming events and do follow-up
  • Participate in specialized trainings, accompany refugees to job interviews, assist with job applications
  • Accompany clients to their first day of work on bus (when possible), help navigate bus routes, etc.
  • Provide specialized instruction for individual clients.


  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, and a self-starter;
  • Must possess cultural sensitivity and excellent cross-cultural communication skills;
  • Should have a strong desire to help people and work in a diverse team;
  • Must be patient, flexible, and creative;
  • Multi-lingual abilities preferred.
  • Availability during normal business hours—Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

 This position reports to the Employment Supervisor.


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