International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Vocational Instructor Intern

Title: Vocational Instructor Intern
Country Program: US Programs
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Duration: Minimum 3 months commitment
Scope: The first 60 days of resettlement for IRC clients are packed full of doctor appointments, cultural orientations and classes on self-sufficiency/financial literacy, etc.  The next 30 days are crucial for placing clients into employment.  As an intern with the IRC’s Employment Team, the Vocational Intern will assist the Workforce Development Coordinator with the rapid training in emerging industries and for targeted-positions with specific companies.  Work-ready clients, trained to retain their job, will enhance efforts of the Employment Team to provide quality workers and will result in continued partnerships with area businesses.

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. Clients who participate in Matching Grant program receive a small monthly allowance and rental assistance by agreeing to take first available job.

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

Responsibilities:  Under the supervision of the Workforce Development Employment Program Coordinator, the Vocational Instructor Intern will:

  • Assist Workforce Developer to design curriculum and provide instruction
  • Assist with scheduling, logistics, recordkeeping, reporting, and data entry/analysis
  • Create and maintain client calendar of scheduled events - distribute calendars accordingly
  • Work one-on-one with clients and in small groups at IRC and at classroom at local apartment
  • Work with Employment Team to keep clients engaged and ensure continuity between IRC programs
  • Book interpreters and ensure topics are fully comprehended by giving pre and post training tests
  • Write “scripts” and work with interpreters to overdub training videos in multiple languages
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required/Desired Skills: 

  • 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;
  • Good video/audio editing skills
  • Prefer someone with business background or background in vocational training
  • Availability during normal business hours—Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

This position reports to the Workforce Development Program Coordinator.
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