International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Volunteer/Intern Opportunities

The IRC in Salt Lake City has a number of different volunteer and intern opportunities available within all programs of our organization. Click on a program below to see possible volunteer and intern opportunities. Please take note that all positions posted may not be available at all times. Contact to inquire further about the availability of a desired position.










ESL Tutor Volunteer: Tutoring is provided through our Civics and Citizenship education classes. Classes focus on word recognition and language skills aimed at helping refugees prepare to take the US Citizenship exam. Classes are two hours long, and held on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. You may choose to assist in one of these classes, OR you have the option to be matched up one-on-one with an individual as an ESL Mentor. As a mentor, you meet with your mentee on your own schedules, whenever you are both free. Whether you are tutoring in class, or meeting one-on-one with an individual, we ask a commitment of two hours face time per week.
3 month commitment; 2 hours/week minimum.

Administrative Immigration Volunteer: After a refugee resettles in the US, it is not the end of their legal road to become a US citizen. Refugees must apply for their green card one year after they have been in the US and then for their citizenship after five years. Additionally, refugees also need legal assistance to help bring over spouses and other family members. The Administrative Immigration Volunteer will help with correspondence with clients, filing, scheduling, and other projects assigned by the Immigration Coordinator.  
3-5 days per week for 2-3 hours; flexible schedule.


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Youth Program

Refugee Youth Afterschool Tutor: Tutors will work one-on-one or in small groups with assigned refugee student to support academic achievement and social integration. Duties include, but are not limited to, homework help, assisting with problem solving activities and accompanying refugee youth to enrichment activities at the Grizzly Academy afterschool program. Volunteer must be 18 years or older.
One semester commitment; 2 hours/week between 3-5pm.  
Refugee Youth Afterschool Mentor: As a mentor, you will be matched with a refugee youth at one of various schools in the valley. Mentors are asked to meet one-on-one weekly with their refugee youth mentee, participate in monthly mentor field trips, and plan activities based on needs and interests of refugee youth . Previous experience with youth is preferred. Must be 18 years or older.
One school year commitment; 1 hour/week

Internship Opportunities

All youth program interns must be available for at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months; with possibility for extension. These positions require a great deal of independence, motivation, dependability, attention to detail and excellent communication/people skills and are great opportunities for candidates interested in education, child development, social work, international relations, health, teaching ESL, etc.  

Flexible schedule and includes driving; access to a vehicle extremely helpful. All IRC interns get the opportunity to help with monthly office support & reception coverage.
Youth Cultural Orientation Intern: The Youth Cultural Orientation Intern will work under the direction of the Youth Program team with support from the Casework team to provide youth refugee clients with a comprehensive 3-5 day cultural orientation upon arrival to the United States. The intern will also research, organize and plan curriculum for welcoming newly arrived refugee youth (aged 2-17) to the United States. Must have minimum 2 years of college or equivalent experience in education/child development, English, social work, international studies or related field.
3 month commitment, 15-20 hours/week.


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Health Program

Health and Wellness Intern: The Health & Wellness Outreach Program focuses on preventive health education and increasing refugees’ health literacy and access to health care resources. The program provides a series of health and wellness classes, bus orientations to health clinics, home visits, and an annual health fair for the refugee community. The Health and Wellness Intern will be expected to teach health and wellness workshops to adult refugee clients, assist with planning and implementation of the June health fair, schedule health appointments and bus orientations, and other duties as assigned. 
16-20 week commitment; 10 hours/week minimum.

Health Advocacy Intern: The Health Advocacy Intern will assist members of the Health Access & Education team focused on ensuring clients receive the medical care needed to live healthy lives in the United States. From coordinating medical appointments and interpreters to providing advocacy and support, the team works with clients to gain the necessary knowledge needed to make the best health decisions for themselves and their family. The Health Advocacy Intern will schedule and coordinate medical appointments, provide bus orientations, provide transportation to and from medical appointments, track data, and other duties as assigned.
10-16 week commitment; 10 hours/week minimum.

Maternal and Child Health Intern: The Maternal & Child Health Program provides women and children with access to culturally and linguistically appropriate medical services; assists pregnant women with pre-natal and postpartum care; ensures well child care visits are scheduled; and assists families with access to WIC. Maternal and Child Health Intern will help schedule appointments, provide transportation to and from medical appointments, teach one-on-one family planning lessons in the community, help deliver new born kits to new moms, and other job duties as needed.
10-16 week commitment; 15 hours/week minimum.


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Economic Empowerment

Employment Mentor: The employment mentor will be an employment guide and friend for a refugee during their adjustment into the American workforce. Employment mentors assist refugees in gaining and honing their job searching skills, and practicing English skills around job searching and the work place. Mentors should be prepared to: help fill out job applications, assist refugees in following-up on applications and interviews, both in person and over the phone, and aiding refugees in focusing on self-reliance through obtaining a job as soon as possible. 
3-4 month commitment; 2 hours/week minimum.

Employment Casework Intern: As a member of the employment team, Employment Casework Interns are responsible for assisting refugees become self-sufficient. Each intern is given responsibility for a group of 2-6 clients, known as a Job POD. With these clients he/she will teach them how to navigate the US job system from networking, to filling out applications, to following up and interviewing. Interns may also be responsible for teaching a job skills class, computer class, or other duties as assigned. 
10 week minimum commitment; 10 hours/week minimum in 3 hour blocks.

Micro-Enterprise Program Intern: The Micro-Enterprise Program works with refugee entrepreneurs to refine their business plans and gain access to capital to start small businesses. Under the direction of the Micro-Enterprise Program Coordinator, the intern will market the program by making presentations and distributing flyers, provide technical assistance to clients to help them successfully start small businesses, work with participants to ensure timely repayment of loans, and assist with other program needs. Business or marketing major/background desired.
3 month minimum commitment; 10 hours/week.

Spice Special Events and Market Intern: Spice Kitchen Incubator is a program of the IRC in partnership with Salt Lake County. It is a culinary business incubator which works with refugees, immigrants and other low-to-moderate income community members to start food businesses. The Spice Special Events and Market Intern will assist staff with the coordination and operation of Spice Kitchen Incubator food and information booths at markets and special events, and with the setup and operation of fundraising and other special events as needed. Must be available to work some evenings and weekends.
2 month minimum commitment; 15 hours/week.



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Group Projects and Service Learning Opportunities 

The IRC in Salt Lake City offers several team oriented activities. These activities range from group work days at a refugee garden to organizing a DIY fundraising events. Gather a group of friends, family members, or co-workers and get involved! 

New Roots group work days: Volunteers and volunteer groups are needed to help in the common garden areas and at the New Roots Farm. Volunteer projects include weeding garden plots, helping with wildflower and perennial planting, maintaining irrigation systems, organizing tools, and managing compost, among other projects.
Volunteers needed Weekdays and Saturdays from April thru November, minimum of 2 hours for individuals and 3 hours for volunteer groups.

Employment Readiness Workshop: Assist clients in developing skills needed for obtaining employment. Volunteers will have the opportunity to engage with clients at a job readiness workshop. Volunteers can assist with mock interview role playing and filling out job applications.
One day, 2-4 hour commitment for group of 5-15 volunteers.

Donation Drive: The IRC needs your help in providing essential household items to refugees that they cannot purchase using their SNAP (food stamps) benefits. Organize a group to collect donations and create bundles to be delivered to refugee individuals and families. Bundles include household items, hygiene items, and school supplies. Our office can provide a list for you and help identify what is most needed.
Flexible hours for group of 5-20 volunteers.

Inventory Control: We collect new and gently used furniture, household items, and cleaning supplies to provide to newly arrived refugees. Help us keep inventory of the generous donations received. Led by an IRC staff member, the group will take inventory and organize IRC storage units.
One day (4-6 hours) for group of 5-20 volunteers.



We also have a number of different Service Learning opportunities, which integrate your academic learning with meaningful community service. To get started, review the volunteer opportunities below and arrange a time to meet with the volunteer coordinator for an orientation.

Tutor a refugee in ESL: Assist with teaching refugees US history and English language skills through in-class citizenship and civics tutoring at least once a week. 
3 month commitment; 2 hours/week minimum.

Assist with donation pick-ups and deliveries: Help with donation pick-ups and deliveries to ensure that refugees obtain the supplies they need to feel at home.
One-time, Monday-Friday, 3-4 hour commitment.

Interact with clients regularly by assisting with the front desk: Help with monitoring the front desk, answering the phone and greeting refugee clients and other guests as they arrive.
2-4 hours any day, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.


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Donations Intern: Working closely with the Donations Coordinator, the Donations Intern will assist in the process of receiving and placing donations. He/she will work in pursuing community partnerships and donations from individuals. Intern or volunteer must be willing to lift objects and move furniture. Other duties may include delivering donations to clients, organizing storage units and office donation areas, corresponding with donors and helping with paperwork and filing.
3 month commitment; 5 hours/week minimum

DIY events: Do It Yourself (DIY) fundraising events are a great way for you to contribute to the IRC’s mission of helping families that have been uprooted by crisis to survive and rebuild their lives. You can help us in our mission by hosting a DIY event. There are endless possibilities for fundraising events, so get creative and find the right event to appeal to your community and audience. For more information, click here.
Flexible schedule

Volunteer Operations Intern: The IRC Salt Lake City office operates with the support of more than 750 volunteers a year.  Assist the Volunteer Coordinator with Volunteer Operations including developing volunteer programs, recruiting new volunteers, tabling at events, processing applications, data-entry, organizing special events, and other duties as assigned. Intern or volunteer needed for 10-15 hours a week.



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Family Mentor Volunteer: The Family Mentor will provide support to refugee families recently resettled into Salt Lake City.  He/she acts as both a mentor and guide to refugees navigating a new community, and creates a safe space for the family to practice and build their English skills.  Other activities that family mentors could do include: providing a neighborhood orientation, helping the children and parents learn walking or bus routes to school, reading mail, visiting museums and helping the family learn about low-cost community resources. 
6 month commitment; 2 hours/week minimum.

Bus Orientation Volunteer: Help refugees navigate the bus system and teach them how to get to and from their home to important locations (i.e. IRC office, Department of Workforce Services, doctor’s office, etc.). All volunteers will be trained. Volunteers needed to help with bus orientations each week from Monday-Friday during office hours (9am-5pm) for a minimum of 3 hours.

Logistics Casework Intern: The Logistics Casework Intern will pull supply orders for new arrivals and deliver to pre-arranged apartments. They will also perform home visits with all new arrivals to teach and review home maintenance and safety. Must be able to work a regular schedule in the office most days of the week and have access to a car for home visits (mileage reimbursed). 
3 month commitment; 15-25 hours/week.

Casework Intern: The case management program includes providing core services to new arrivals, and helping clients work towards self sufficiency during their first two years in the U.S. in the areas of health, employment, finances, DWS, education, housing, family, and community. Casework Interns work closely with the casework supervisors throughout their internship, assisting and learning about all aspects of the casework program. Interns will assist with services like home visits and orientations, ESL and school enrollment, needs assessments, applications for social services, paying bills and case noting.
3-4 month commitment; 20 hours/week minimum in 3+ hour blocks.

Casework Staffing Coordinator Intern: In addition to the responsibilities of Casework Interns, the Casework Staffing Coordinator is responsible for coordinating weekly staffing meetings for 2-3 clients each week, obtaining referrals from staff, and coordinating Occupational Therapy students who are volunteering with our clients.
3-4 month commitment; 20 hours/week minimum in 3+ hour blocks.

Casework Health Coordinator Intern: In addition to the responsibilities of Casework Interns, the Casework Health Coordinator is responsible for coordinating with other casework interns to assist clients in scheduling medical appointments, ensuring that interpreters are coordinated for medical appointments, and coordinating any needed bus orientations to and from medical clinics.
3-4 month commitment; 20 hours/week minimum in 3+ hour blocks.

Casework ESL Coordinator Intern: In addition to the responsibilities of Casework Interns, the Casework ESL Coordinator is responsible for coordinating ESL enrollment for all eligible adults within 10 business days of arrival and coordinating bus orientations to ESL classes and following up with any issues.
3-4 month commitment; 20 hours/week minimum in 3+ hour blocks.

Casework Acculturation Coordinator Intern: In addition to the responsibilities of Casework Interns, the Casework Acculturation Coordinator is responsible for coordinating acculturation activities for adults and families in the community such as obtaining a Utah ID, leading library tours and obtaining library cards, and visiting museums and other free or donated activities.
3-4 month commitment; 20 hours/week minimum in 3+ hour blocks.


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Office Support

Front Desk Volunteer: Volunteers will greet visitors as they arrive and help with answering phones and transferring calls to staff. Volunteers will experience interaction of individuals of a number of ethnicities and must be willing to listen and communicate as effectively as possible. All volunteers will be trained.
Two hour shifts at a time during office hours Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm; flexible schedule.

General Office Support Volunteer: Volunteers will experience interaction of individuals of a number of ethnicities and must be willing to listen and communicate as effectively as possible. Duties may include: organizing office donation areas, helping with furniture deliveries or pick ups, conducting bus orientations for newly arrived refugees, data entry, or paperwork. Opportunities for further engagement upon request – like attending an airport arrival pick-up with caseworker to welcome newly arrived refugees or shadowing a caseworker on a home visit.
2 month commitment; flexible hours.


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