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 Tutoring: 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 en 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 indivual, 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

Youth Acculturation Program Volunteer: 2 hrs/week; 12 week commitment.  Tuesday and/or Thursdays.  You will be matched with 1 to 3 youth who you will mentor for the 12 week duration of the program.  All youth in this program are new to the U.S (arrived between 1 and 4 months prior).  You will meet weekly with small groups of volunteers and youth, doing hands-on activities and field trips while teaching youth about American culture, helping them to build their skills and confidence as they integrate into their new community.  We’re looking for enthusiastic, positive, flexible, and reliable people who are self-motivated, responsible and culturally aware.  Must be at least 16 years of age.
PLAY Mentor: 2 hrs/week; minimum of 6 month commitment.  Flexible schedule. You will be matched with one youth between the ages of 10 and 17 and will meet with them weekly doing activities one:one with them to help continue their integration into the community.  Activities may include homework help, reading/writing/speaking English, playing games (especially that help practice english), playing sports, going to cultural events (like movies, plays, concerts, etc) art projects, community classes, etc.  We’re looking for confident, flexible, independent people who are self-motivated, responsible, reliable and culturally aware.  
Must be at least 20 years of age.
Refugee Youth Afterschool Tutor: 2 hrs/week for at least one semester.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.  
Refugee Youth Afterschool Mentor: 1 hr/week for one school year. 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.

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 Activities Intern: The  International Rescue Committee partners with Catholic Community Services, the Asian Assocation of Utah and United Way to help more refugee students in the Granite School District succeed in school so they can graduate high school and go on to post-secondary education.  The Youth Activties Intern will work directly with target schools to assist with afterschool and summer programs; programs include one hour of homework/academics and one hour of enrichment activities. Responsibilities include leading specific activities during the school program that refugee youth have expressed interest in, recruiting IRC students to participate, working with school program staff to coordinate and track IRC volunteers and tracking and reporting numbers to the Youth Program Coordinator. A minimum of 2 years of college or equivelant experience in social work, education/child development, international studies or related field.
3 month commitment, 15 hours Mon-Thurs afternoons
Youth Acculturation Program Intern: The Youth Acculturation Program (YAP) is a 8-10 week after school and summer program for newly arrived refugee youth ages 8-17, which encourages them to build social skills, increase confidence and learn new knowledge & skills to help them integrate into their new community in Salt Lake City.  The YAP intern will work very closely with the Youth Program Coordinator and Youth Program Assistant to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate all aspects of this program.  Responsibilities include working with the Youth Program Assistant to lead and coordinate youth groups; revise/update curriculum, lesson materials, and pre/post program evaluations; communicate weekly with volunteers via email and phone; track attendance, outcomes, assessments and school enrollments; distribute and track goods & services donated; and build rapport with refugee parents, youth and their caseworkers. A minimum 2 years of college or equivelant experience in social work, education/child develeopment, international studies or related field is required.
3 month commitment, 3-4 days/week (including Tues and Thurs) for minimum 15 hours
Youth Education Outreach Intern: The Youth Outreach & Education Intern will work under the direction of with the Youth Program team to provide education and support for youth and their parents.  Activities include assisting youth and their parents with registration for summer and afterschool programs, bus orientations, home visits, parent education during cultural orientation, distributing donated school supplies, reaching out to existing community partners to secure scholarships/fee waivers for youth, reaching out to new community partners. Also provide administrative and logistical support to the all youth program areas.  Provide transporation to immunization appointments & parent workshops as needed. A minimum 2 years of college or equivelant experience in social work, education/child develeopment, international studies or related field is required.
3 month commitment; 3-4 days/week (including Tues and Thurs) 15 hours


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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

1 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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Employment Program

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 Intern: As a member of the employment team, Employment 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. 
3-4 month commitment; 15 hours/week minimum

Job Club/Computer Class Volunteers: Assist refugees contact employers, fill out job applications, prepare for job interviews and more. Computer skills classes are held Wed 2-4pm and Job Club is held Thurs 2-4pm.


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New Roots

Garden Intern: Do you love to garden? Are you interested in helping new members of your community learn how to garden successfully in Utah? As a garden mentor, you will provide support to refugee families gardening in Salt Lake City. The garden mentor works one on one with the family to ensure they are able to access and utilize their gardening space. This may include assisting with transportation, helping the family increase their gardening skills, and/or assisting elderly gardeners or gardeners with specific nutritional needs to get the most out of their gardens. If problems arise, garden mentors will work with the Refugee Agriculture Coordinator to brainstorm solutions. 
Commit through the growing season; 2 hours/week minimum

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.



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Donations Intern/Volunteer: Working closely with the donations assistant, the intern or volunteer 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/Volunteer: The IRC Salt Lake City office operates with the support of more than 350 volunteers a year.  Assist the Volunteer Coordinator with Volunteer Operations including 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: 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

Logistics intern: Assist the Logistics Coordinator to implement a Home Maintenance and Safety program by fine tuning a curriculum, scheduling appointments with clients for home visits, presenting short in-home instruction on home care, inspect for maintenance needs, and communicate those to apartment managers. As needed, will also assist the Logistics Coordinator with inventory and tracking, apartment setups, filing supply orders, and apartment outreach. 
3 month commitment; 10-12 hours/week minimum

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. Case work interns work closely with one or two caseworkers throughout their internship, assisting and learning about all aspects of the case work 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.
2-4 month commitment; 15 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.


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Office Support

Front desk reception coverage: 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.
One to two shifts a week, minimum of two-hours at a time during office hours Monday thru Friday between 9am and 5pm; flexible schedule

General office support: 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.
Flexible hours


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