International Rescue Committee (IRC)

IRC Volunteer/Intern Process

How to Become a Volunteer or Intern

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or intern for the IRC in San Diego, the first step is to attend a volunteer orientation. At the hour and fifteen minute long orientation, you will learn more about the IRC and available volunteer/intern positions.   Following the orientation, you will have the opportunity to be interviewed.  You may also schedule an interview for a later date.  The minimum commitment for IRC volunteer and intern positions range from three to six months.

Space in the orientation is limited.  To reserve a spot, see dates below and rsvp for the date/time that works for you.   You will receive a confirmation e-mail with additional information the week of the orientation. It typically takes at least two weeks to complete the application process (including the background check).  Please plan ahead if you are volunteering for school credit and have scheduling requirements.  The orientation is usually held in the IRC Classroom (see directions at bottom of this page).

Click here to see current volunteer and intern openings.   Please review these positions before signing up to attend an orientation.

***Please note: Most volunteer opportunities take place during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm). It is rare that we have evening or weekend availability. *** 

Click here to read profiles of IRC volunteers.


Please note: Volunteers must complete a background check and the IRC asks that you contribute $37 towards its cost. 

Questions: Contact Sophie.Tarazi@Rescue.org 

Upcoming orientation dates:  Send an E-mail to Sophie.Tarazi@Rescue.org or click on the link below to reserve a spot for the day/time that works for you:

Tuesday, January 19th at 3pm

Wednesday, January 20th at 3pm

Tuesday, January 26th at 3pm

Wednesday, January 27th at 3pm

Tuesday, February 2nd at 3pm

Wednesday, February 3rd at 3pm

Tuesday, February 9th at 3pm

Wednesday, February 10th at 3pm

Tuesday, February 16th at 3pm

Wednesday, February 17th at 3pm

Tuesday, February 23rd at 3pm

Wednesday, February 24th at 3pm


Orientations are held at the IRC office in City Heights unless otherwise noted.

IRC Classroom (2nd floor)
5348 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92105


Directions to the IRC Office in City Heights
5348 University Ave, Suite 205  San Diego, CA  92105
From the 8 fwy, exit Fairmount South
Merge onto Montezuma
Turn right onto Collwood
Collwood becomes 54th.
Turn right onto University and enter the first driveway on your right.
The IRC office is in the two story building on your left.
Park and enter through the Police Multi-Cultural Storefront entrance (east side of the building)
Go up the stairs and make two rights.
The orientation is usually held in the IRC classroom which is up the stairs and on the right.
There is an elevator in the building near the stairway.

Directions to the IRC Office in El Cajon
131 East Main Street, Suite 201  El Cajon, CA
From the 8, exit Main Street - go east
Follow Main street past South Magnolia.
The IRC office is on the right side next to Dave's Furniture
Park on the street or in the back of the building.
Link to Google Map.

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