International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Immigration and Citizenship Intern

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK:
The Immigration and Citizenship Intern will work with the Resettlement Program Manager/Immigration Specialist, assisting with a variety of activities related to the IRC’s immigration services. Learn about refugee and immigration related issues first-hand by helping clients fill out naturalization and adjustment of status paperwork. The Immigration and Citizenship Intern will also conduct citizenship class activities two days per week at the IRC’s SeaTac office, as well as contribute to the class curriculum as needed. Classes focus on increasing clients’ confidence and knowledge of American civics and history through oral/visual instruction rather than text-based instruction. The intern may also assist with administrative work and general office duties as needed. This internship is a great opportunity to gain professional experience in a social service setting and to learn about local refugee communities.

LOCATION: IRC SeaTac office

TIME COMMITMENT: 2 days/week, 5-10 hours/week between 9am and 5pm (regular schedule required). Minimum three month commitment beginning as soon as possible.

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

  • Conduct class activities; teach civics, American history and help students gain the confidence needed to pass the Naturalization Test
  • Provide one-on-one assistance throughout class to answer student questions and further explain challenging material.
  • Contribute to the creation of an innovative citizenship curriculum that can be used for future citizenship classes
  • Assist in outreach efforts for immigration services
  • Help clients fill out naturalization and adjustment of status paperwork
  • Assist Immigration Specialist with paperwork, record-keeping and filing
  • Administrative and general office tasks as needed

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be culturally sensitive and able (or willing to try) to understand English language learners
  • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
  • Must be detail-oriented and well-organized
  • Must be flexible, patient, and willing to perform other reasonable duties as needed
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language helpful, but not required
  • Familiarity with immigration paperwork a plus
  • Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies
  • Knowledge of American civics as well as a familiarity with American history and symbols
  • Experience teaching/tutoring preferred

Reports to: Resettlement Program Manager/Immigration Specialist

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