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.