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Internship opportunities in NYC

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The internship program at the IRC in New York 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 a start every late August - December, January - May, and late May - August. 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?  Consider starting a Crowdrise campaign to help refugees with emergency needs!

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, and view current intern opportunities below.
  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).

Immediate Internship available:
Central American Minors Intern -  In December 2014, the United States established an in-country refugee/parole program in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to provide a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey that some children are currently undertaking to the United States. This program allows certain parents who are lawfully present in the United States to request access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for their children still in one of these three countries. The Central American Minor intern is the primary point of contact for parents in New York who wish to initiate an application for this program. Required: Fluency in Spanish, computer, database, or Microsoft Office suites proficiency, commitment through at least end of the year, and 15 hours a week.

Fall/Spring internships: 
Food Secure Resettlement Intern  - Under the direct supervision of the New Roots Program Manager, and in collaboration with the Casework staff, the Food Secure Resettlement Intern will develop and implement various healthy food access activities and training materials related to the Food Secure Resettlement Program, and participate in visits to the client’s home with the Casework staff to ensure the client’s food-related needs are met. A minimum commitment of four months and 15 hours a week is required. 

The New Roots Farm Intern (Spring) - The New Roots Farm Intern will help with food production and maintenance at NRCF in the South Bronx.  In addition to food production, the intern will assist with market, educational and community activities. This position reports directly to the New Roots Program Manager and works closely with the Farm Coordinator. A minimum commitment of four months and 15 hours a week is required. 

Refugee Resettlement Intern - Under the direction of the resettlement caseworkers, volunteers will provide direct services to newly arrived refugees and other immigrants. Possible activities include accompanying clients to appointments, assisting them to enroll in public benefits, and showing them how to navigate the New York City public transportation system. Interns will also be responsible for filing and ensuring documentation requirements. Fluency in a language other than English is a plus, but not required (Dari, Burmese, Arabic or Spanish preferred). A minimum of 15 hours a week, is required.

Employment Intern The Employment Services Intern will support the Economic Empowerment team to prepare newly arrived refugee clients to enter the American workforce. The intern will play an important role in getting clients ready for employment; assisting them with resume preparation; helping them navigate through the application, interview and hiring process. S/he will assist employment services staff with determining program eligibility for program participants, scheduling appointments for services, and monitoring reception area. Other duties include database and calendar maintenance and assisting with administrative tasks. A minimum of 15 hours a week, is required.

Immigration Intern - The Citizenship and Immigration Intern works closely with the Citizenship Initiative Program Manager and the Immigration Administrative Coordinator to assist helping refugees, asylees, and other immigrants apply for adjustment of status (green cards), United States citizenship, family petitions and other immigration benefits. Additionally, the intern helps to conduct outreach to refugees and other immigrants in need of assistance with immigration-related matters, assists the immigration team with tracking, filing, and mailing relevant documents, applications, and notices of action, and maintains up-to-date client data in online immigration database.  Fluency in a second language (Spanish/Arabic/Mandarin) is highly desirable, and JD candidates are preferred. A minimum of 15 hours a week, is required. Preference is given to applicants who are willing to contribute more time.

Front Desk & Intake Intern or Volunteer - Seated at the IRC New York’s reception desk, volunteers will greet and direct clients, schedule client appointments with appropriate staff, direct incoming calls and assess documentation of clients to determine program eligibility. A minimum of 15 hours a week, is required.

Development and Fundraising Intern The Development and Fundraising Intern will assist the development manager in achieving fundraising tasks for New York and New Jersey offices. Tasks may include donor cultivation and stewardship, however, there is limited involvement with refugee clients. A minimum of 15 hours a week, is required.

Community Relations Intern The Community Relations Intern will support the Community Relations Manager in outreach and recruitment efforts to community groups, students, and other organizations. Intern will assist with recruiting, screening, orientation, training and matching volunteers and interns with appropriate service opportunities. Intern will track volunteer and internship applications and assist in updating volunteers and interns’ resources information. Community relations intern will also support IRC staff with the planning and coordination of special events. Requirements: Experience and a strong interest in volunteer management for non-profit organizations, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work well with people of diverse cultural backgrounds preferred. A minimum of 15 hours a week, is required.

Internships at the IRC Headquarters:
USP Engagement Operations Intern

If you would like to raise awareness and funds for refugee programs, please consider starting your own campaign. Begin your campaign language with the following: Please support refugees who have been resettled in New York and New Jersey. Click here to begin.