International Rescue Committee (IRC)

New Roots Employment Intern

Title: New Roots Employment Intern
Country Program: US Programs
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Duration: Minimum 3 months commitment

Scope: Within the first few weeks of being a new arrival, staff identify the client’s specific needs and abilities, and collaborate with clients 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.

Since 2011, the IRC collaborates with AZ dairy farmers. Last year, over 100 refugees worked on area dairies.  Due to remote location, providing additional support and services for refugees can be difficult.  While the job is secure and the money is good, additional opportunities to facilitate learning and social interaction with community is needed.  The New Roots Employment Intern will work with dairymen and their families, faith-based organizations and other groups to engage refugees into greater social interaction.

The New Roots Employment Intern will oversee the expansion of employment opportunities in remote areas and the provision of educational and social opportunities for several clients working and living on dairy farms.

Responsibilities: Employment opportunities in the agriculture sector are attractive for newly resettled refugees who are skilled in crop cultivation and animal husbandry.  The New Roots Intern will seek to expand employment opportunities for refugees and to provide access to education and social opportunities.  Assisting clients to pursue an education and have social activities will enhance client quality of life outside of their jobs.

Required/Desired Skills:

  • The New Roots Intern must have a working automobile and have a willingness to drive at least once a month to dairy farms near Casa Grande, AZ. 
  • Preferred rural background and/or Bachelor’s Degree associated with Business Agriculture, Rural Economic Development.
  • Experience working in agriculture sector with immigrant populations.
  • Proven experience in community collaboration projects, including working with faith-based organizations and business community.
  • Knowledge of area agri-businesses and different jobs within each sector
  • Experience filling out FASFA applications and assisting low English and low literacy people to pursue educational opportunities (preferred).
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented and a self-starter;
  • Must be available to contribute at least 20 hours per week for a minimum duration of 3 month.


This position reports to Employment Supervisor.


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