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Thank you for your interest in the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta’s Internship Program. Our interns come from schools across the nation and world and make vital contributions to the IRC in Atlanta’s work. In turn, the IRC in Atlanta provides an essential learning experience that serves as a foundation for interns to gain real-life experience and attain proficient skills in various fields. Our internships require a commitment of at least 15 hours a week for three months and are unpaid. You can see our available internship opportunities below.

To Apply:

To apply for an internship, each candidate must send a resume with a cover letter to the Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerATL [at] rescue.org. Please indicate your preferred internship position (as well as up to two alternates) and your regular, weekly availability for an interview.  Interviews are held at our office, and out-of-state applicants will need to inform us to coordinate an alternate interview.

Internships here are organized in semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer (please note, it is certainly possible to serve as an intern for more than one semeseter). The deadline to apply varies by semester, so please contact the Volunteer Coordinator for specifics. It is also important that if your school or internship program/sponsor has specific deadlines that you include those.  We can be flexible with our application process, but we will have to know in advance if you need an early acceptance notification.

Following the interviews and to protect our clients, the IRC requires all selected applicants to complete background checks. We will ask that you make a $51 donation to help us cover the associated costs. Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to programming to support our clients, and your help to cover this cost will ensure that no funding is directed away from serving our clients.

Thank you, in advance, for sending all four needed items (see the Application Checklist below) in a single email.

 Application Checklist

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of Internship Preferences
  • Interview Availability


Available internship positions (by department):


Resettlement Services Internship

  • The Resettlement Services Intern works closely with the case managers through all stages of resettlement service to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including securing housing, addressing medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security and Georgia ID cards and linking refugees to internal and mainstream services

Logistics Internship

  • The Logistics interns will work closely with the Logisitcs Manager to implement an interpretation program that provides experienced and trained interpreters to non-profit and for-profit organizations

Social Adjustment Internship

  • The Social Adjustment Interns assist refugees and aslyees who have been in the United States ove six months with addressing their needs through community referrals, navigating social services and more

Intensive Case Management Internship

  • The Intern assists refugees and asyless who have special needs through intakes, referrals, scheduling and educating on the U.S. healthcare system

Healthcare Coordination Internship

  • Healthcare Coordination Interns assists in contacting clients for health appointments, building and coordinating partnerships, researching gender-based issues, supporting direct services and more


Health and Wellness

Reproductive Health Internship

  • This internship supports the helth educator with community outreach plus assit to facilitate bi-monthly youth leadership team meetings designing youth friendly clinic environments

Mental Health Internship

  • The Mental Health Intern supports the assessment of clients and case management regarding mental health and tramua, direct client engagement, assists facilitation of psychoeducational groups and more


Education and Learning

English as a Second Language Instruction Internship

  • The ESL Education Intern assists newly-arrived refugee clients in a multi-level and culturally diverse ESL classroom to gain English literacy and comprehension skills 

First Things First Women's Literacy Internship

  • The Women’s Literacy Intern assists newly-arrived female refugee clients in a beginning-level and culturally diverse ESL classroom – alongside childcare – to gain English literacy and comprehension skills 

English Literacy and Civics Education Internship

  • The English Literacy and Civics Education Intern assists refugee clients in gaining the English, literacy, and civics skills required to pass the U.S. Citizenship exam 

Community Orientation (CO) Education Internship

  • This Intern will Assist newly-arrived refugee clients-via interpretors-to gain an understanding of community resources and expectations for the resettlement period

Adult Literacy Outreach Internship

  • The Adult Literacy Outreach Intern expands and supports community engagement through outread to prospective adult learners and volunteers to raise awareness about adult education programming


Youth Education

Youth Futures Internship

  • The Intern addresses specific social and academic needs surrounding refugee and asylee youth through an after-school program and summer camp 

Connect to Success Program Internship

  • The Connect2Sucess Intern assists in providing holistic support to out-of-school refugee and immigrant youth to help them meet their educational and career goals   

New Roots Internship

  • The New Roots Intern focuses on bringing refugees together to build connections with their new homes through nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and community gardening 

Food Security Internship

  • This intern supports promotion of Food Secure Resettlement strategy within the IRC office to provide resources to clients around healthy eating and food access 


Economic Empowerment

Economic Empowerment Internship

  • The Economic Empowerment intern works with the IRC in Atlanta’s Employment Specialists to find employment for every eligible adult client

Career Development Internship

  • The Career Development intern assists clients in advancing their careers after resettlement with career counseling, enrollment in post-secondary and recertification programs and advanced job placement


Community Integration

Immigration Administration Program Internship

  • The Immigration Administration Intern provides administrative support to Immigration Services staff for correspondence with USCIS, file preparation and filing immigration applications 

Immigration Caseworker Assistant Internship

  • Immigration Caseworker Assistant Intern assists with conducting intake and needs assessments for immigration services, submitting case inquiries to USCIS, and organizing citizenship workshops 


Resource Development

Fundraising Internship

  • This internship works with the Development Coordinator and Development Manager to establish connections with the community to enhance the IRC in Atlanta’s ability to meet refugee client needs 

Communications Internship

  • The Communcations Intern works with the Communications Coordinator to establish connections with the community and advocate for the IRC through presentations, correspondence, and online presence. 

Volunteer Coordination Internship

  • The Volunteer Coordination Intern maintains communication with volunteers through recruitment and orientation, helps organize events, and assists in representing the IRC at career and internship fairs. 

Donations Internship

  • The Donations Intern will work with the resource development team to build relationships with donors, as well as manage in-kind donations in the resettlement shop. 


Finance and Administration

Administration Internship

  • The Adminsitration Intern assists the Administration Department with facilities management, IT support, human resources, reception and other maintenance of office operations 

Compliance and Data Internship

  • The Compliance and Data Intern works with Grant Compliance and Data Coordinator to provide analysis, evaluation and oversight to ensure compliance within the IRC Atlanta office 


Have questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerATL [at] Rescue.org (subject: Internship%20question) .