International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Employment Intern

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK:

As an IRC Employment Intern, you will help refugees as they prepare for their first job in the United States. The Employment Intern will work closely with Employment Program staff to accomplish a variety of employment-related activities, such as developing resumes, interview preparation, and assisting refugees as they learn public transportation routes and schedules.  The employment intern will also assist in the organization and maintenance of client case files and other administrative tasks as assigned. This position is a great opportunity to gain experience in a social service setting and to learn about local refugee communities.

LOCATION: IRC SeaTac office

TIME COMMITMENT: 3-5 hours/week between 9am and 4pm, 1 day/week (regular schedule required). 3-4 month commitment beginning as soon as possible.

Note: To obtain additional volunteer hours, this opportunity may be combined with another employment volunteer opportunity.  If this is desired, please mention it when applying.

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

  • Assist IRC clients in developing resumes, applying for employment opportunities, preparing for job interviews, filling out new hire paperwork, obtaining food handler’s permits, and taking clients shopping for clothing items required for work, such as non-slip shoes.
  • Teach job seekers how to ride the bus to work, make transfers, and read public transportation schedules.
  • Organize and maintain client case files and perform other administrative functions such as filing, copying, data entry, and answering phones.
  • Work closely with IRC employment staff to identify knowledge gaps and potentially develop and implement workshops targeted to fill those gaps.
  • Attend and assist refugees with employment related fieldtrips.
  • Other projects related to employment activities as needed.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Familiarity with employment-related functions: writing resumes, filling out online job applications, interviewing for jobs, and filling out new hire paperwork
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language helpful, but not required
  • Having a car is preferred, as this position may involve occasional transporting of clients to job-related appointments
  • Must be culturally sensitive and respectful of diverse backgrounds
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude a must!
  • Must pass a criminal background check and driving background check (if driving clients)
  • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

Reports to: IRC Employment Team

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