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Internship opportunities in Elizabeth

The internship program at the IRC in New Jersey provides current or recent graduates, with hands-on experience in refugee resettlement and other areas. Internships are competitive and require a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm for at least one semester, two semesters is preferable. Monday to Friday. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for start every late August, January and late May. All internships are unpaid. Students entering the internship program for credit are prioritized. 

Please note, we try our best to contact all applicants. Internships are highly competitive and only top candidates are invited to proceed with the internship process.

Not available during business hours but would still like to get involved?  Complete an online volunteer application and ask to be added to our on-call volunteer list.

Steps to becoming an IRC Intern:

This is an unpaid internship.

  1. Review the current list of internship opportunities online. Visit the IRC Careers page, select Search Jobs and Apply and select "US- NJ-Elizabeth" in the location menu.
  2. Top candidates will be contacted for an initial screening. Additional interviews by staff may be required. 
  3. Once you complete an interview and accept an offer, the IRC will conduct background and references checks. Once reference and background checks are cleared, your placement will be confirmed. Please note, only those able to meet the time frame commitment are considered.
  4. When your placement is confirmed, the Volunteer Coordinator will work with you and the appropriate staff person to schedule your first day. All newly accepted interns are required to attend an orientation session to learn about office policies, confidentiality, and communication guidelines, and to make all efforts to participate in ongoing training opportunities. Once candidates have completed their initial screening, the application process typically takes at least two weeks to complete (including the background check).