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Internship opportunities in Miami

The IRC’s Miami office offers a variety of unpaid internship opportunities throughout the year.

Prospective interns must go through the volunteer process and should be currently enrolled in an educational institution or a recent graduate. For more information, contact VolunteerMiami [at] rescue.org.

IRC in Miami offers the following internships:

  • ESL/Civics Instruction
  • Employment Services
  • Computer Literacy
  • Life Skills
  • Fundraising and Development
  • In-kind Donations
  • Case Worker Assistant
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Mentoring Families

Description of Typical Positions:

Employment Department Intern

  • 6 Month Commitment
  • 10 hours/week
  • Employment Department Interns will assist with general job searches, research employers, and find new job leads.  Help create resumes and cover letters for newly arrived refugees and assist with filling out job applications. Accompany clients on educational bus rides and take clients out to job searches.  Help oversee our Job Training and Application Lab (JTAL) and participate in administrative/research projects as needed. We are seeking applicants with good people and computer skills.  Applicant must be comfortable working with individuals of varying cultural backgrounds and English language ability.  Experience with Microsoft Office programs and internet searches are highly recommended.

ESL Teacher Assistant

  • 6 Month Commitment
  • 10 hours/week
  • Assist ESL instructors in teaching refugee adults how to adapt to and become self-sufficient in American society. Help with group English language instruction and individual tutoring in a dynamic classroom setting. Actively participate in all classroom activities, model correct English usage for students and help create supplemental teaching materials. Volunteers must be reliable, willing to take initiative and anticipate students’ needs, and have patience in enthusiasm in helping students learn English. Cultural sensitivity is a must.

Caseworker Assistant

  • 3 Month Commitment
  • 10+ hours/week
  • The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance and counseling through all stages of resettlement. The Case Management Team provides initial services to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including (but not limited to) securing housing, addressing medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security cards, and linking refugees to our internal and mainstream services.  The Caseworker Assistant will support the Case Managers in ensuring refugees successful resettlement. The  intern will work closely with the case managers in assisting them with case file preparations and updates, update resource list for client services that are available in the community (i.e. housing, medical, mental health, food). Work with case managers on client services such as, ESL training, community orientation, and employment. Interns need to be bilingual, proven ability to work with consideration and respect for cross-cultural differences, excellent communication and organization skills, strong computer skills, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team setting.

Donations  Intern Assistant

  • 3+ Month Commitment
  • 6 hours/week
  • IRC currently has two warehouses where IRC beneficiaries come to find items they need, such as clothing, kitchen items, small appliances, school supplies, toiletries and more. As the Donations and Store intern It involves interaction with in-kind donors and opportunities to assist with donor and vendor relations, garner monetary, in-kind and volunteer resources for refugee clients, and interact with people from a wide variety of countries and assist them to find items that they need as they start their new lives in this country. Interns must be Fluent in Spanish, reliable and flexible, organized with attention to detail, creativity and initiative to follow through on projects, a strong desire to help people and enthusiasm for working in a multi-cultural setting, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team setting.

Cultural Orientation Assistant

  • 6 Month Commitment
  • 10 hours/week
  • All newly arrived refugees to IRC Miami attend a series of Cultural Orientation (CO) classes. The Program provides training to newly arrived refugees and asylees to familiarize them with their new environment and inform them of available services. The volunteer or intern will support Resettlement staff in development and delivery of structured training sessions to refugees on diverse topics including financial management, housing, transportation, education, and local resources in order to promote self-sufficiency.