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Internship opportunities in Los Angeles

The IRC provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. In Los Angeles and many other regional offices across the country, the IRC helps them rebuild their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. To accomplish this, IRC-LA relies heavily on efforts by our interns and volunteers.

Interns are asked to work at least 10-15 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of 3-4 months. Preference is given to those who can contribute more hours and to those who are already in the Los Angeles area, or have plans to be in the LA area. Interns must be a current college student/grad student or less than one year out of college. Internships are UNPAID.

To apply, please complete online volunteer application and upload resume and cover letter. Please note expected start and end dates of internship in cover letter. Internship applications will not be considered without a completed application, resume, and cover letter with expected start date/end date. 

For any questions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator at rameena.rahman [at] rescue.org 

Current Internship Opportunities:

Journalism Intern

The Journalism intern will support The IRC in Los Angeles by writing articles that reflect the lives of refugees and their communities. The ideal candidate possesses well-developed writing and reporting skills, is organized, and pays particular attention to detail.  Active experience on college newspapers or professional publications is highly preferred. Please submit articles or links to any articles along with cover letter and resume. This position reports to IRC-LA Executive Director. 

Economic Empowerment Intern (Available beginning October 1, 2017)

The Economic Empowerment Intern supports the IRC-LA Early Employment team through job placement services, employer outreach and development, and job readiness training, including interview and resume prep. Must be available during office hours: Monday - Friday, during the hours of 9am-5pm.


Reception and Placement Intern

The Reception and Placement Team provides initial services to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including (but not limited to): applying for Social Security and California ID cards, and linking refugees to our internal and mainstream services. Case workers also offer counseling in home-budgeting, crisis intervention, family counseling, and other areas of social adjustment. Fluency in Armenian, Farsi, Spanish, Burmese or Arabic is highly desired. 


Immigration Program Intern

The Immigration Intern will help provide services to clients seeking various forms of immigration assistance. The intern will learn about and gain experience in the naturalization process; how to file various citizenship and naturalization forms, as well as forms for immigration benefits. Must be available during office hours between Monday - Friday, during the hours of 9am- 4pm. Armenian, Farsi, Arabic and Spanish highly desired. 

Central American Minor (CAM) Program Intern 

The CAM Program Intern will assist Immigration Caseworker in processing CAM applications, including follow up with applications and assisting CAM program clients as they resettle in the Los Angeles area. Fluency in Spanish is required for this internship as many of the clients do not speak English. 


Citizenship & Financial Capability Program (CFCP) Intern 

The CFCP Intern will assist the CFCP Specialist in maintaining student files, responding to student questions/requests, functioning as point person for Volunteer Instructors and Assistants and conducting outreach. CFCP Intern will also be Assisting or Instructing a Citizenship & Financial Capability class during internship.

  • Full training will be provided
  • Weekday availbility during regular office hours is required.
  • Spanish language ability preferred, but not required
  • Reliable transportation required as Intern will need to attend classes as well as come to IRC LA office in Glendale


Women's Economic Empowerment Intern **Actively Seeking Fluent Spanish Speakers**

The Women's Economic Empowerment Program Intern will assist the Financial Coach in working one on one with immigrant members of the community, including refugees, asylees and Central American Minors to broaden knowledge in Financial Literacy and empower women in the Los Angeles area to take control of their personal and family finances. 

  • Fluency in Spanish is highly desired
  • Experience in Financial Coaching, Financial Literacy or a background in financial matters is highly desirable
  • Access to reliable transportation is highly preferred as meetings will take place at various Los Angeles Public Libraries
  • Assist Financial Coach in conducting outreach
  • Data Management/Data tracking
  • Current meeting locations include: Harbor City/Harbor Gateway, Watts, Boyle Heights, and San Fernando Valley, Downtown LA, West LA, Cypress Hills, and IRC office in Glendale


English As A Second Language (ESL) Intern

The ESL Intern will assist the ESL Program by:

  • Preparing all materials for class
  • Answering instructor questions outside of class
  • Answering student questions outside of class
  • Assisting in the class itself
  • Maintaining student records
  • Participating in ESL Conversation groups

Housing Intern

The Housing Intern will assist the Resettlement Caseworkers in building and maintaing relationships with landlords, apartment owners and building management companies in order to create a readily accessible database for our caseworkers. 

  • The Housing Intern will report to the Volunteer Coordinator and the Reception and Placement Casework Supervisor
  • This position is open to flexible availability
  • Must have reliable transportation or be very comfortable with public transportation in order to attend meetings all over Los Angeles and nearby counties