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2020 Internships at the IRC in Denver

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In response to COVID-19, the IRC in Denver's office is currently closed to clients and visitors. All staff members are working remotely. The IRC remains committed to continuing to serve and support refugees, Special Immigrant Visa recipients, survivors of torture, asylees, and other immigrants during this uncertain time. Click here to learn more about how the IRC in Denver is supporting clients and how you can help. 

  • At this time, we will not be welcoming new interns to our team for spring 2020.
  • We will continue to recruit and accept applications for summer 2020 interns. Please complete an online application using the link below. 
  • Intern phone screenings will resume in late April. The initial invitation to candidates for a phone screening will go out the week of April 2020 and will continue on a rolling basis after that. 


The IRC in Denver provides a variety of unpaid internships. Interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn about the diverse services and programs that help refugees regain control of their lives and become self-sufficient in the U.S. 

General internship requirements 

  • 3-6 month commitment. Hours per week vary by position
  • Hours must be completed during normal business hours (i.e. Monday–Friday between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm unless otherwise stated)
  • Enrollment in a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree program or pursuing a relevant career
  • An interest in international and refugee issues
  • Must be reliable and willing to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be flexible and willing to help other teams and departments as needed
  • A willingness to learn about the diverse ethnic backgrounds of clients and adhere to IRC volunteer/intern and workplace policies
  • Ability and willingness to drive clients to and from appointments and/or help teach clients to take public transportation
  • Proficiency in other languages, particularly Arabic, Somali, Farsi, Dari, Nepali or Swahili highly desirable

How to apply: 

  1. Complete an online application: Please be sure to indicate which position(s) you are applying for. Applicants must include a resume and cover letter. Incomplete applications (e.g. missing resume or cover letter) will not be considered. 
  2. After submitting your application, you will be contacted by our team if you are selected to move forward in the application process 

Current internship opportunities

* Please note that the IRC in Denver accepts intern applications on a rolling basis 

You can view a full list of internship details here 

Finance and Administration 

This internship is a good fit for interns who have a finance background or are majoring in a finance or finance-related field.  

  • Finance and Administration Intern 

Immigration Legal Services 

This internship is a good fit for a current or recent law school student who has a strong interest in asylum policy and law. 

  • Immigration Legal Intern (filled for summer 2020)
  • General Immigration Legal Intern (filled for summer 2020) 

Reception and Placement Services 

These internships are a good fit for interns who are interested in learning about reception and placement services available to refugees resettled in Colorado and who are looking for a high level of client interaction and fieldwork. 

  • Case Management Intern
  • Housing & Logistics Intern 
  • Family Mentor Program Intern 
  • Community Integration Intern 
  • Youth School Family Liaison 

Economic Empowerment Services

These internships are a good fit for individuals with skills related to searching for jobs, writing cover letters and resume, client integration, public transportation and community orientation. 

  • Financial Wellbeing Intern 
  • Cultural Orientation Intern (filled for summer 2020)
  • Job Readiness Training Intern
  • English Language Intern 
  • Transportation Education Intern

Health Program 

These internships are a good fit for individuals with a strong interest in public health and refugee health. Interns with the health program will have a high level of client interaction and fieldwork.  

  • Health Services Intern 
  • Health Education Intern 
  • Women Infant Children (WIC)/Family Nutrition Education Intern 

Public Benefits Team 

These internships are a good fit for individuals seeking to understand the public benefits landscape and how refugees navigate vital government services after arriving in the U.S. Interns with the Public Benefits Team will have a high level of client interaction and fieldwork. 

  • Public Benefits Case Management Intern 
  • Family Services Navigation Intern 

Health and Wellness

These internships are a good fit for students pursuing a higher-level degree in psychology, mental health, social work or a related field. Interns must be enrolled in a graduate program and either a second-year student or have advanced standing. 

  • Psychosocial Support Program Intern 
  • Survivor of Torture Project - Clinical Support Intern  
  • Family Stabilization Specialist Intern 

Development/Volunteer and External Relations 

These internships are a good fit for individuals looking to gain hands-on experience with how to run a non-profit, fundraise, manage volunteers, manage in-kind donations and implement effective communications plans. 

  • Volunteer and External Relations Intern 
  • In-kind Donations Management Intern 
  • Communications Development Intern (filled for summer 2020)


This internship is a good fit for an individual with a strong interest in public policy, human rights, law, international studies, public administration or another related field. 

  • Advocacy Intern (currently filled) 
  • Asylee Outreach Program Intern (currently filled)