In response to COVID-19, the IRC in Dallas' office is open to clients and visitors on an appointment-only basis. Most staff members are working remotely. The IRC remains committed to continuing to serve and support refugees, Special Immigrant Visa recipients, asylees, and other immigrants during this uncertain time.
At this time, we are accepting remote volunteers and interns. This page will be updated as situations change.
The IRC in Dallas offers a variety of unpaid internships for recent graduates and students currently enrolled in an educational institution. The IRC in Dallas also offers a variety of individual and group volunteer opportunities. Internship opportunities include:
- Immigration Intern: Assist the immigration department with clients who are applying for green cards, U.S. citizenship, family reunification, etc.
- Employment Intern: Assist the employment department with interview preparation, job applications, employment workshops, job searches, etc.
- Reception & Placement (R&P) Intern: Assist resettlement case workers as they help refugees with their basic needs during the first few months of resettlement (e.g. appointments, school enrollment for children, apartment setup).
- Extended Case Management and Intensive Case Management Interns: Assist case workers with medical appointments, filing, documentation, emergency needs, etc.
- Donations Intern: Assist the In-Kind Donations Coordinator with soliciting, collecting, and managing donated items. This is an in-person opportunity.
- New Roots Community Garden Intern: Assist the New Roots Coordinator with managing community gardens and communicating with gardeners. Some weekend work may be required. This is an in-person opportunity.
- A minimum of 15 hours per week for 4 months (3 months in summer). Hours must be completed during normal business hours (i.e. Monday–Friday between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
- Enrollment in a Bachelor’s or post-graduate degree program, or pursuing a relevant career.
- Effective communication skills and the ability to collaborate professionally in a multicultural setting.
- An interest in international and refugee issues.
- Reliability and flexibility.
- A willingness to learn about the diverse ethnic backgrounds of clients and adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.
The Intern Application Process:
- Email VolunteerDallas [at] rescue.org with your resume, full name, areas of interest, and availability.
- Our volunteer team will respond to your email and invite you to an information session, and will send a link to our online volunteer application. Information sessions are required for all volunteers and interns.
- After your application is reviewed, you may be selected for a phone interview.
- Next, you may be selected for a department-specific interview. This will take place over the phone or Zoom.
- Successful interviewees will be required to pass a background check before a position is confirmed. The IRC in Dallas will kindly request a donation of $40 to offset the cost of your background check.
- If your background check and references are cleared, the volunteer team will work to schedule an intern orientation prior to your start day.
Internship positions are accepted on a rolling basis, and additional opportunities may be available. Due to the high volume of applicants, applications may be stored until opportunities become available. Interns and volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. For additional questions, email VolunteerDallas [at] rescue.org.
Here are other ways to get involved:
- Become a volunteer
- Donate new or gently-used items
- Support the IRC with a financial contribution
- Spread the word
- Explore additional opportunities