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2019 Summer Internships

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Looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer? Interested in gaining hands-on professional experience in a social service setting? Become an intern with the IRC in Seattle! 

Check out 2019 summer internship position descriptions.

How to apply: 

  1. Complete the IRC’s online volunteer and intern application.
  2. Email a one-page resume and one-page cover letter to VolunteerSEA [at] rescue.org with “Summer Internship Application” in the subject line. In your cover letter, indicate which position(s) you are applying for. If applying for multiple positions, please indicate your order of preference. Incomplete applications (e.g. missing online application, resume or cover letter) will not be considered. 

Priority application deadline: Friday, March 29th, 2019.

Please review the frequently asked questions below before submitting your application. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at VolunteerSEA [at] Rescue.org.


FAQs

How do I apply? What is the application deadline?                                                                         

To apply, please complete IRC’s online volunteer and intern application and email a one-page resume and one-page cover letter to VolunteerSEA [at] rescue.org with “Summer Internship Application” in the subject line. In your cover letter, indicate which position(s) you are applying for. If applying for multiple positions, please indicate your order of preference. Incomplete applications (e.g. missing online application, resume or cover letter) will not be considered. 

Applicants will be notified if selected for an interview, which can be conducted in-person, over the phone, or via Skype. Please note that we typically receive more applications for summer internships than there are available positions, so submitting an application does not guarantee placement in an internship position. Priority application deadline: Friday, March 29th 2019. 

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Can I apply for multiple internship positions?

Yes. If interested in multiple positions, please indicate so in your application materials. You may be required to interview for positions separately. If selected for multiple internship positions, you may choose to intern in multiple roles simultaneously (if scheduling permits) or select your first-choice position.

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Can I apply if I live or am going to school out of state?

Yes. Every year we welcome talented interns from across the country! Please note that the IRC is not able to assist with relocation or housing if you are selected for an internship position.

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Are there age or other eligibility requirements to be an intern?

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. To be considered an “intern” one must be a student or recent graduate.  All applicants are subject to a criminal background check and must agree to follow IRC workplace and volunteer policies. If an internship position requires driving, applicants will also be required to pass a driving background check. For specific experience and skill requirements, please see individual position descriptions.

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What is the typical time commitment involved in an internship?

Summer interns commit to at least 2-3 months of service, with start dates, training dates and weekly time commitments varying by position. Select positions require a longer time commitment. All positions are part-time. Please see individual position descriptions for details.

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Where are internship positions located?

Most internship positions are based at our office, located at 1200 S 192nd St, SeaTac, WA or surrounding areas in South King County. Please ensure you have reliable transportation to and from your internship site prior to applying.

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Can the IRC assist with relocation, housing or transportation for the purposes of my internship?

Unfortunately, the IRC cannot assist with relocation to the Seattle area, or with housing/transportation costs during your internship.

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Are internship positions paid?

Internships are not paid. Opportunities to earn school credit may exist depending on your school’s policies and requirements. If interested in earning school credit from your internship, please indicate so when applying.

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Summer Internship Positions

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Anti-Trafficking Casework Intern 

IRC’s Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN) offers support to survivors of human trafficking as they rebuild their lives free from trauma and exploitation. Casework Interns work alongside IRC Case Managers/Advocates to support and access services for survivors. Interns also assist with other duties including case file documentation, scheduling appointments, arranging transportation to appointments, and other related activities. Interns may also participate in outreach efforts aimed at providing access to services to individuals and communities vulnerable to human trafficking. This internship is a great opportunity to gain professional experience in a multi-cultural, social service setting.

LOCATION: IRC SeaTac Office

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule required. Minimum 6 month commitment. Position begins May or June 2019.

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

  • Complete intensive IRC training on victim advocacy and trauma-informed service provision
  • Accompany clients on appointments and interviews with community service providers (such as DSHS, public health, health clinics, Social Security Administration, and DOL)
  • Assist with housing outreach to secure housing options for survivors
  • Provide public transportation orientation and guidance
  • Help survivors become oriented to new neighborhoods and local resources
  • Manage client case files and document services (electronic and hard copies)
  • Maintain a professional attitude and appearance as an IRC representative
  • Fulfill other case management responsibilities assigned by supervising Case Manager/Advocate

REQUIREMENTS:

  • This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers
  • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Comfortable working in high-stress environments; must be adaptable, flexible, and patient
  • Familiarity with Windows operating system and confidence in basic computer skills (word processing, email, data entry); willingness to learn new software
  • Familiarity with trauma-informed practices preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in one of the following languages desirable, but not required: Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Punjabi, or Urdu
  • Must have valid driver’s license, vehicle, auto insurance and a clean driving record
  • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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Career Development Intern 

The Career Development Program helps newcomers to the US build professional development skills and networks to help them achieve long-term career goals. The Career Development Program offers several trainings and initiatives including: Digital Literacy for New Americans, which seeks to develop, pilot, and evaluate a modular, responsive set of digital literacy learning resources that support refugee and immigrant populations to acquire the digital competencies needed for workplace success; [email protected], a job training and placement program that covers financial literacy and customer service skills, with one-on-one assistance to build resumes, interview preparation, and job search and procurement; Career Connect is a program that helps clients connect with mentors and provides workshops on professional development topics such as business etiquette, networking, and field exposure; LinkedIn Training, which provides exposure and education to clients on LinkedIn and its tools.

LOCATION: IRC SeaTac Office

TIME COMMITMENT: 8-10 hours/week during IRC office hours, 2-3 days/week. Regular schedule required. 2-3 month commitment. Position begins June 2019.

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

  • Recruit participants for career development programs through local partners, schools, and other agencies
  • Assist with client resumes development
  • Organize and facilitate mock interviews
  • Collect client stories to showcase benefits of career development trainings
  • Research Career Connect presenters for future workshops
  • Develop volunteer training for [email protected] teachers and assistants
  • Assist with data entry – financial training input, class sign-in sheets, case notes relating to career development/employment searches by job seekers
  • Other job readiness and placement assistance as needed: public transportation orientation, shopping for job supplies and clothes, job application assistance, food permit application support. 
  • Develop new employment relationships with employers in nearby areas  
  • Organize and facilitate professional development workshops and fieldtrips
  • Interview prospective mentors and participants for Career Connect

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and willing to work with English language learners; previous cross-cultural communication experience a plus
  • Familiarity with employment-related functions: writing resumes, filling out online job applications and interviewing for jobs.
  • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language helpful, but not required
  • Must be self-motivated and comfortable working with little supervision at times
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude a must!
  • Applicants preferred who have valid driver’s license, vehicle, auto insurance and a clean driving record
  • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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Employment Program Intern 

Help refugees as they prepare for their first job in the United States! The Employment Program Intern work closely with IRC Employment Specialists 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.  Interns 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: 8-10 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule required. Minimum 2-3 month commitment. Position begins June 2019.

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

  • Provide 1-on-1 support to refugees, SIV’s and asylees as part of their job search including resume writing, interview preparation, filling out new hire paperwork and obtaining good handler’s permits
  • Teach job seekers how to ride bus/light rail 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
  • Take clients shopping for clothing items required for work
  • Work closely with IRC employment staff to identify knowledge gaps and potentially develop and implement workshops aimed to fill those gaps
  • Streamline content of workshops such as digital and financial literacy based on established curriculum and assist in the monitoring and evaluating of outcomes
  • Coordinate schedules of workshops, including calling clients and communicating with other members of the Employment team
  • Attend and assist with employment-related fieldtrips
  • Other activities related to employment as needed

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates
    • Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and willing to work with English language learners; previous cross-cultural communication experience a plus
    • Familiarity with employment-related functions: writing resumes, filling out online job applications and interviewing for jobs.
    • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
    • Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in one of the following languages helpful, but not required: Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Pashto, or Urdu
    • Must be self-motivated and comfortable working with little supervision at times
    • Flexibility and a positive attitude a must
    • Applicants preferred who have valid driver’s license, vehicle, auto insurance and a clean driving record
    • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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     Family Wellness Intern

    Family Wellness is a program for refugee, immigrant and asylee clients who need significant case management services beyond the initial resettlement period. Clients can remain in the family wellness program until they’ve met their established goals. Under the guidance of the family wellness coordinator, the intern will connect clients with a variety of community resources by scheduling client appointments and transportation, accompanying clients to social services appointments, assisting with applications to area resources, and providing other day-to-day assistance to the family wellness program as needed. This internship requires a high level of responsibility and will provide the intern with ample opportunities for professional development in a social service setting.

    LOCATION: IRC SeaTac Office

    TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Minimum 4-6 month commitment.

    ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

    • Schedule doctor appointments and transportation arrangements for medically needy clients
    • Accompany clients on appointments and interviews with community service providers (Social Security Administration, legal appointments, Multiservice Center, etc)
    • Complete intake forms and applications (in-home care, public health nurse, Metro Access, Seattle City Light, SSI, etc.)
    • Research area resources and compile recommendations to family wellness team for future partnerships
    • Organize client case files
    • Other administrative support as needed​

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and willing to work with English language learners; previous cross-cultural communication experience a plus
    • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
    • Flexibility, patience and willingness to learn/perform reasonable duties as needed
    • Must be well-organized and pay high attention to detail when entering data and completing forms/documentation
    • Good communication skills and ability to professionally represent IRC when interacting with outside agencies, such as schools, clinics, government agencies, etc.
    • Must have a vehicle and be willing to transport clients to/from the IRC office and other appointments
    • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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    Finance and Administration Intern

    The Finance and Administration Intern will assist the Finance and Admin Department in the management of government contracts, collection of information for monthly reporting and organization of financial information. The intern will ensure completeness of required documentation, adherence to individual grant requirements, enter information into relevant database systems and assist in the oversight of contract compliance. The intern will also assist with basic HR functions. This internship may be of particular interest to someone studying accounting, business administration, non-profit management or other related disciplines.

    LOCATION: IRC Seattle Office

    TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 10-15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule required. Minimum 2-3 month commitment. Position begins May or June 2019.

    ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

    • File and retrieve organizational documents, records and reports
    • Prepare tracking sheets/books for contributions-in-kind for different programs
    • Help maintain accurate, clear and accessible accounting records
    • Help with preparing monthly billing for local grants
    • Perform general clerical duties to include, but not limited to, bookkeeping, copying, faxing, mailing and filing
    • Work with the Finance Manager on other accounting, HR and administration duties as assigned

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates
    • Familiarity with basic accounting procedures
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Excellent problem solving skills
    • Ability to work independently
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and the ability to learn new software applications
    • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
    • Ability to communicate effectively in English
    • Must be flexible, patient, and willing to perform other reasonable duties as needed
    • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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     Financial Literacy Intern

    The Financial Literacy Internship will support IRC clients in achieving lasting economic stability and financial self-sufficiency in the United States. By empowering refugees to engage in healthy financial decision making through education and one-on-one mentoring, this position supports the mission of IRC to help refugees move towards economic independence. The volunteer position also provides an opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the IRC and the U.S. refugee resettlement program more broadly.​

    TIME COMMITMENT: 15-20 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule preferred. Minimum 3 month commitment, 4 month preferred. Position begins in May 2019.

    ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

    • Using existing IRC financial literacy curriculum, teach or co-teach weekly 1-hour financial literacy lessons on topics including creating a budget, debt management, personal banking, avoiding predatory lending products, etc.
    • Develop workshop materials or tailor existing materials to meet the needs of participants
    • Conduct basic budgets with clients
    • Teach Introduction to Credit course in group or 1-on-1 settings on an as-needed basis
    • Accompany clients to local banks to open bank accounts and/or secured credit cards

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Commitment to the goals and philosophy of IRC
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Possess a great attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Strong sense of personal initiative and ability to work independently
    • Interest in personal finance and financial literacy
    • Experience working with multicultural populations

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Proficiency in a foreign language spoken by our client population (Dari, Farsi, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, French, Tigrinya, Burmese)
    • Background in finance, banking, accounting, consumer protection, or other relevant fields

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    Health Access Program Intern 

    The Health Access Program is a program for refugee clients who need significant case management services beyond the initial 90-day Reception and Placement period. Clients can remain in the Health Access program for up to one year or may exit the program once they’ve met their established goals. Under the guidance of a Health Access Caseworker, the Health Access Intern will connect clients with a variety of community resources by scheduling client appointments and transportation, accompanying clients to social services appointments, assisting with applications to area resources, and providing other day-to-day assistance to the ICM program as needed. This internship requires a high level of responsibility and will provide the intern with ample opportunities for professional development in a social service setting. 

    LOCATION: IRC SeaTac Office

    TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule required. Minimum 4-6 month commitment. Position begins May or June 2019.

    ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

    • Schedule doctor appointments and transportation arrangements for clients with special medical needs
    • Accompany/drive clients to appointments and interviews with community service providers (Social Security Administration, Harborview Medical Center, etc.)
    • Complete intake forms and applications (in-home care, public health nurse, Metro Access, Seattle City Light, SSI, etc.)
    • Research area resources and compile recommendations to ICM team for future partnerships
    • Manage client case files and document services (electronic and hard copies)
    • Contribute to general office functions (assist with answering phones, greet walk-ins, etc.)
    • Maintain a professional attitude and appearance as an IRC representative
    • Fulfill other case management and administrative support as assigned by supervising Caseworker

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and willing to work with English language learners; previous cross-cultural communication experience a plus
    • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
    • Flexibility, patience and willingness to learn/perform reasonable duties as needed
    • Must be well-organized and pay high attention to detail when entering data and completing forms/documentation
    • Good communication skills and ability to professionally represent IRC when interacting with outside agencies, such as schools, clinics, government agencies, etc.
    • Must have valid driver’s license, vehicle, auto insurance and a clean driving record. Must be willing to transport clients to/from the IRC office and other appointments.
    • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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    "New Roots" Food & Health Intern 

    The New Roots program enables refugees to celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots—literally—in their new communities. Currently, over 150 families are gardening in three different New Roots sites in Tukwila and Kent, growing food to improve the health and wellbeing of their families and their communities.  Many gardeners also sell some of their produce to their communities and will have the opportunity to sell at two local farm stands this summer. The New Roots Food and Health Intern will play a critical role in assisting with educational programming and trainings which will help gardeners to maintain healthy and productive plots.  The Intern will also assist with the coordination of the farm stands this summer, and with community building events for gardeners.  Additionally, the Intern will lead a new project in partnership with local fruit gleaning organization City Fruit to develop opportunities for fruit tree access in South King County. Other tasks include assisting with educational programming for youth, and with some garden maintenance tasks on an as-needed basis. This is a great position for someone who is creative and passionate about community building, urban agriculture, sustainability, and/or the importance of food and culture.

    LOCATION: IRC SeaTac Office; community garden sites in Tukwila and Kent, WA

    TIME COMMITMENT: 15-20 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule preferred. Minimum 3 month commitment, 4 month preferred. Position begins in May 2019.

    ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

    • Assist with weekly garden-related trainings and workshops.  Collaborate with staff to develop curriculums. Gather and prepare educational materials.  Coordinate logistics of workshops.
    • Coordinate with New Roots community gardeners to prepare for weekly farm stands that make local produce available to residents of Seatac and Tukwila. Work with community gardeners to forecast the harvest before market and keep records of produce for sale.  Assist gardeners with quality control, washing and packing, and presentation of produce
    • Partner with City Fruit to grow opportunities for increased access to fruit trees in South King County.  Outreach to neighbors who have fruit trees and are in need of harvest help or want to share their harvest.  Coordinate logistics for fruit picking excursions with New Roots participants.  Assess possibilities to sell the harvested fruit at the farm stands
    • Attend regional food access and urban agriculture meetings as a representative of the New Roots program with a wide network of organizations and agencies.
    • Other educational, logistical and site maintenance responsibilities as needed

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates
    • Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and willing to work with English language learners; prior experience working with refugee and immigrant communities and/or pre-literate populations in non-traditional settings preferred
    • Experience or demonstrated interest in gardening, nutrition, food security issues, food justice, and/or public health, preferably in a multicultural context
    • Highly organized with great attention to detail and great flexibility
    • Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects and ability to work independently
    • Strong writing and editing skills, specifically in developing print and visual training materials
    • Strong working knowledge of and interest in the use of social media as an effective tool for outreach, exposure and marketing
    • Nepali, Burmese, Karen, Kinyarwanda, or Swahili language skills a plus
    • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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    Refugee Resettlement Casework Intern 

    Welcome newcomers to our community as a Casework Intern. The Reception and Placement (“R&P”) Program offers support and guidance to newly-arrived refugees through the initial stages of resettlement. Refugee Resettlement Casework Interns work alongside IRC caseworkers to orient newcomers to life in the U.S. and connect families with essential services in the community. In addition to providing direct services, Interns also assist with administrative duties, including case file documentation, scheduling appointments, arranging transportation to appointments, and other related activities. This internship is a great opportunity to gain professional experience in a multi-cultural, social service setting. Specific responsibilities of interns will include:

    • Shadow caseworkers to appointments with service providers (DSHS, Social Security Administration, etc.)
    • Accompany caseworkers on home visits as appropriate
    • Schedule appointments on behalf of clients
    • Assist clients to complete and submit applications
    • Manage client case files and documentation
    • General administrative support to the department and assist caseworkers with other tasks as assigned

    LOCATION: IRC SeaTac Office

    TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule required. Minimum 3 month commitment. Position begins May or June 2019.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates. 
    • Strong intercultural communications skills, demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers.
    • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially.
    • Strong organizational and time management skills. 
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 
    • Comfortable working in high stress environments. 
    • Must be adaptable, flexible and patient. 
    • Familiarity with Windows operating system and confidence in basic computer skills (word processing, email, data entry).
    • Willingness to learn new software. 
    • Familiarity with trauma-informed practices preferred. 
    • Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in one of the following languages desirable but not required: Farsi/Dari, Nepali, Burmese, or Tigrinya. 
    • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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    Resource Development Intern

    The Resource Development Intern will work with the Development Team to research and identify potential funding opportunities, help coordinate creation of materials to respond to funding opportunities, and assist with executing new strategies to engage donors, both traditional and new, including fundraising events. The intern will work most closely with the Development Team but also work with other program managers on specific responses to funding opportunities. The Intern will also assist the Development Team with administrative duties and tasks related to community outreach and special events. Specific responsibilities of interns will include:

    • Help research and identify new funding opportunities
    • Update and manage donor and funding tracking tools (including Salesforce software) with current status and next steps and help devise new tools as necessary
    • Work with Development Team and program managers to develop appropriate materials to respond to funding opportunities
    • Strategize new ways to engage with donors in Seattle area working closely with Development Team
    • Assist with strategy, coordination, execution, and follow-up for fundraising and community outreach events
    • Represent the IRC at outreach events, such as tabling events and community engagement opportunities
    • Help develop outreach materials, such as fact sheets and promotional flyers
    • Other activities related to donor and community engagement, and fund development as assigned by supervisor

    LOCATION: IRC SeaTac Office

    TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Occasional evening or weekend events as able. Potential that some activities may be done remotely. Regular schedule required. Minimum 3-month commitment. 6 month-commitment preferred. Position begins June 2019.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates. Students pursuing degrees in the fields of communications, marketing, public relations, nonprofit management, or other related fields may be particularly interested in this position
    • Deep commitment to IRC’s core values and the ability to model and communicate those values in relationships with IRC staff, clients, partners, and community leaders
    • Strong writing and editing skills, with focus on details
    • Strong research skills
    • Ability to take initiative and think creatively to propose new ideas or solutions to the team
    • Ability to adjust communication styles to be clear and persuasive with different audiences
    • Must be able to work productively in a team environment, as well as under minimal supervision, taking the initiative to ask questions as needed
    • Confidence in basic computer skills; must be able to work effectively with MS Word, Excel, email, and internet applications
    • Ability to handle sensitive information confidentially
    • Experience working in multicultural environments is a plus
    • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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    Outreach & Development Intern - Youth Program

    The Youth Program Outreach and Development Intern will work to increase the IRC’s Youth Program visibility in the community through online and traditional media outreach and event coordination. The Intern will assist the Youth Program Team with administrative duties and tasks related to outreach and special events. The Intern will also develop media content around IRC’s summer programming including videos and pictures. The Intern must willing and able to visit programming outside of the IRC office throughout South King County.

    LOCATION: IRC SeaTac Office, with regular travel to programs off site throughout South King County.

    TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 6 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Occasional evenings and weekends required. Regular schedule required. Minimum 3 month commitment. 6 month commitment preferred. Position begins June 2019.

    ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

    • Support Youth Program event coordination including logistics, communication, and outreach
    • Help coordinate monthly e-newsletter
    • Create media content such as photos and videos of Youth Programs (summer camp, summer school, field trips, etc.)
    • Assist with social media strategy and content development (primarily Facebook) including photos and videos
    • Help develop youth outreach materials, such as fact sheets and promotional flyers
    • Other activities related to outreach, communications, and development as assigned by supervisor

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates. Students pursuing degrees in the fields of communications, marketing, public relations, or other related fields may be particularly interested in this position
    • Deep commitment to IRC’s core values and the ability to model and communicate those values in relationships with IRC staff, clients, partners, and community leaders
    • Strong writing and editing skills, with focus on details
    • Must be able to work productively in a team environment, as well as under minimal supervision, taking the initiative to ask questions as needed
    • Confidence in basic computer skills; must be able to work effectively with MS Word, Excel, email, and internet applications
    • Some graphic design experience preferred, but not required
    • Basic to intermediate photo and video editing skills preferred, but not required
    • Ability to handle sensitive information confidentially
    • Ability to commit to a consistent schedule during IRC business hours (schedule may be adjusted quarterly to accommodate changing school schedule)
    • Experience working in multicultural environments is a plus
    • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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    Immigration Intern

    The IRC’s Immigration Program provides services to refugees, asylees and other immigrants in the Seattle area. The Immigration Intern will assist immigration staff and work one-on-one with clients applying for adjustment of status (green cards), United States citizenship, family reunification petitions and other immigration benefits. This position may be of particular interest to law students or those pursuing other immigration-related fields, although a legal background or previous immigration experience is not a requirement. This internship is a great opportunity to gain professional experience in a multi-cultural, social service setting.

    LOCATION: IRC SeaTac Office

    TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule required. Minimum 2-3 month commitment. Position begins June 2019.

    ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

    • Conduct initial eligibility assessments of potential applicants
    • Assist with accurate completion of application forms for clients
    • Notify clients via telephone, email or mailings about matters related to their applications
    • Assist clients with additional necessary procedures, such as requests for evidence and follow-up advocacy
    • Assist in outreach efforts for immigration services
    • Assist Immigration staff with paperwork, record-keeping and filing
    • Other administrative and general office support as needed

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates
    • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers
    • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
    • Strong organizational skills, time management skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
    • Comfortable working in high-stress environments; must be adaptable, flexible, and patient
    • Familiarity with Windows operating system and confidence in basic computer skills (word processing, email, data entry); willingness to learn new software
    • Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in one of the following languages desirable, but not required: Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Pashto, Somali, or Urdu
    • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies​

    Digital Literacy Intern

    The IRC’s Career Development Program helps newcomers to the US develop skills and professional networks to help them achieve long-term career goals. Within this program, the IRC is starting a new pilot project: Digital Literacy for New Americans. Throughout the summer, the Digital Literacy Intern will assist with developing, piloting, and evaluating a set of digital literacy learning resources designed to help refugees and immigrants acquire digital competencies needed for workplace success. This internship is an opportunity to gain experience in curriculum development, adult education, and program evaluation.

    LOCATION: IRC Office in SeaTac, WA

    TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 10-15 hours/week during IRC office hours, 2-3 days/week. Regular schedule required. 2-3 month commitment. Position begins June 2019.

    ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

    • Recruit participants for Digital Literacy Pilot and work closely with Career Development Coordinator to implement and monitor initiative
    • Streamline content of existing digital literacy curriculum
    • Assist in the monitoring and evaluation of the pilot project
    • Work with clients as they learn digital literacy skills related to job search, MS Office, online training platforms, communication, and continuous tech learning
    • Organize and maintain client case files and perform other administrative duties supporting the Career Development Program, such as filing, copying, data entry, case notes, and answering phones
    • Attend and assist with career-related fieldtrips
    • Collect client stories to showcase benefits of career development trainings
    • Assist with other Career Development Program activities as needed

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Internships are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates. This position may be of particular interest to people studying TESOL, education, social work, or social sciences.
    • Strong inter-cultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers
    • Familiarity with job search and professional development activities, such as writing resumes, filling out online job applications, interviewing for jobs, professional networking, etc.
    • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
    • Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in one of the following languages helpful, but not required: Swahili, French, Arabic, Tigrinya, Pashto, Dari
    • Must be self-motivated and comfortable working with little supervision at times
    • Flexibility and a positive attitude is a must
    • Applicants preferred who have valid driver’s license, vehicle, auto insurance, and a clean driving record
    • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

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