International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Employment Internship

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK:
Help refugees as they prepare for their first jobs in the U.S. – become an IRC Employment Intern! The Employment Intern will work closely with the Employment Specialist and Employment Assistants to help newly resettled refugees become employed locally. Internship tasks can vary from day to day, and will include activities like developing client resumes, helping clients apply for job opportunities, preparing and transporting clients to job interviews and other employment-related appointments, and familiarizing clients with the public transportation system to get to and from work. During down time, the intern will work with employment staff to organize and maintain client case files and other administrative tasks as assigned. Because this position involves communicating with both clients and employers, the ability to communicate with English language learners is equally as important as the ability to professionally represent the IRC and its clients. This position is a great opportunity to gain experience in a social service setting and to learn about local refugee communities.

LOCATION: Primarily SeaTac and Tukwila

TIME COMMITMENT: 3-5 hours/week between 9am and 5pm, 1-2 days/week (regular schedule preferred). Minimum three month commitment beginning immediately. Note: this volunteer opportunity can be combined with volunteering in our pre-employment class to result in more weekly hours.

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

  • Assist IRC clients in applying for employment opportunities, preparing for job interviews, filling out new hire paperwork, and other post-employment follow-up (e.g. obtaining food handler’s permits)
  • Work with IRC’s employment team to organize and maintain client case files
  • Communicate with job-seekers as well as employers
  • Other projects related to the IRC’s employment program as needed
  • Track and report volunteer hours and activities to appropriate IRC staff

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

Note: It may be possible to obtain school credit for this internship, depending on your school policies and requirements. If this is desired, please mention it when applying.