International Rescue Committee (IRC)

School Readiness Intern

SCOPE OF VOLUNTEER WORK: Help newly-arrived refugee youth prepare for the U.S. school system as a Summer Youth Intern! The IRC in Seattle’s Newcomer School Readiness Program is 5-week program for refugee students, grades 1 through 12, entering the Tukwila School District. Under the direction of the IRC School Readiness Coordinator, interns will coordinate and facilitate activities that focus on learning English, school behavior, classroom norms and explanations of general rules and safety. The program also works to orient students to their new community through field trips and outdoor activities. Additionally, interns will assist with school enrollment and parent workshops. This internship may be of particular interest to someone studying education or TESOL. 


TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 2 days/week (Mon-Fri, 7:30am – 1:30pm). Regular schedule required. Position begins mid-June and continues through mid-August. 


  • Provide classroom orientation and instruction to students
  • Support School Readiness Coordinator by assisting with classroom activities
  • Plan classroom activities as directed by School Readiness Coordinator
  • Provide assistance in administering pre- and post-assessments
  • Escort youth from their apartments in the morning to the program location
  • Help with clean-up and preparation of classroom on a daily basis
  • Help coordinate and chaperone field trips 


  • Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and willing to work with English language learners; previous cross-cultural communication experience is a definite plus
  • Previous experience working with youth; comfortable leading activities, managing groups and supervising children
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language helpful, but not required
  • Must be outgoing, energetic and flexible
  • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies


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