International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Housing Specialist Intern

Title: Housing Specialist Intern
Country Program: US Programs
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Duration: Minimum of 3 months


SCOPE OF INTERNSHIP:  As a voluntary agency with the Department of State, the IRC in Phoenix provides Reception and Placement (R&P) services within the first 90 days of a refugees’ arrival to the U.S. These Core Services within the R&P program address the basic needs of food, shelter and legal rights for refugees in the early, critical stages of resettlement in order to begin their transition toward rapid self-sufficiency. The IRC staff meet refugees at the airport; provide direct assistance with initial housing, furnishings, food and clothing; assist in acquiring social security numbers, help families register in school and ensure that families have a medical screening and visit a doctor.  IRC provides on-going case management services for qualifying families.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Within client-centered teams, the Housing Specialist Intern will assist the Case Worker Housing Specialists with the following:

  • Conduct apartment setups, and help coordinate apartment set-up volunteers;
  • Complete subsidized housing applications;
  • Facilitate client meetings to discuss housing options;
  • Assisting in lease signing meetings;
  • Research new housing options for refugees, and identify special needs housing resources;
  • Assist with scheduling, logistics, recordkeeping, reporting, and data entry and analysis;
  • Attend specialized/relevant trainings and participate in team planning meetings;
  • Other relevant duties as assigned.



  • Must be currently obtaining a degree or recently graduated from a relevant field of study;
  • Ability to take initiative and effectively manage time;
  • Detail-oriented and well organized;
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 35 lbs;
  • Availability during normal business hours—Monday and/or Tuesday 9am-1pm required, 12-15 hrs/wk;
  • Possess cultural-sensitivity, patience, strong desire to help people and an enthusiasm for working in a multi-cultural setting.


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