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. **The Refugee Youth Summer Academy has specific dates which differ from dates noted above.**
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.
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Steps to becoming an IRC Intern:
This is an unpaid internship.
- Review the current list of internship opportunities online. Visit the IRC Careers page, and view current intern opportunities below.
- Top candidates will be contacted for an initial screening. Additional interviews by staff may be required.
- 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.
- 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).
Peer Mentor, Refugee Youth Summer Academy
The Refugee Youth Summer Academy is a six-week program focusing on the English literacy, math, and learning skills newly arrived refugee, asylee and other vulnerable immigrant youth need to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. Students participate in academic and physical education classes, as well as creative arts programming, including visual arts, music, and dance. Field trips are held on Fridays.
Student Support Intern, Refugee Youth Summer Academy
The Student Support Team will be expected to contribute to the Program’s goals of fostering community building among the students and staff, and students’ social-emotional learning in accordance with the RYSA Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. In addition, the Student Support Team will assist the Student Support Supervisor in meeting individually with students who exhibit behavioral or emotional concern in the classroom. The intern will also contribute to the development of individualized student behavior plans for students exhibiting the highest level of need.
Parent Engagement Intern, Refugee Youth Summer Academy
The Parent Engagement Intern will work with the RYSA's administrative staff to coordinate communication between the school and parents, including; weekly newsletters, organizing parent teacher conferences, distribution of report cards and invitations for parents to attend such events as graduation. At the end of the Academy, the Parent Engagement Coordinator will assist in referring families for additional services.
Physical Education Instructor
The Physical Education Teacher will design and implement a six-week curriculum that builds students’ knowledge, skills, and interest in physical education. The Physical Education Teacher will contribute to the Program’s goals of fostering students’ social-emotional development and building a strong sense of community among the students and staff. This is an unpaid volunteer or internship opportunity.
The Management Intern will assist the Education & Learning Manager to oversee the operation of the Refugee Youth Summer Academy and support the Academy’s daily needs. Based at the IRC-NY main office but working as needed on-site at the Summer Academy, the Management Intern will support communication and coordination between the Summer Academy site staff and the main office. The Management Intern will focus primarily on external relations, donor reporting, and personnel support, but overall provide logistical and organizational support to the Education & Learning Manager, assist with key management responsibilities, and help to ensure that special projects and events are a success.
Monitoring and Evaluation Intern
Each Refugee Youth Summer Academy Monitoring and Evaluation Intern will implement key aspects of the RYSA M&E plan monitoring and evaluation tools, including data collection, analysis, and presentation. One M&E Intern will focus on RYSA’s School Readiness assessments, demographics, and attendance data. The other M&E Intern will focus and student feedback mechanisms and the parent survey. The interns will write up and present data at the program’s mid-point and post-program.
Assistant to Dean of Instruction
The Assistant to the Dean of Instruction will work closely with the Dean of Instruction to ensure high-quality daily instruction, academic assessment, and staff appreciation throughout the Refugee Youth Summer Academy. The Assistant to the Dean of Instruction will provide logistical support to teaching staff, coordinate instructional coaching, coordinate classroom assessment materials, collect, enter and analyze assessment data, and ensure the overall day to day classroom needs of the Academy are met. This is an unpaid internship.
Caretaker ESOL Teacher, Refugee Youth Summer Academy
The Refugee Youth Summer Academy (RYSA) is a six-week program focusing on preparing newly arrived refugee youth to succeed at their grade level in the New York City public school system. Up to 130 students from ages 5 – 21 from over 20 countries will participate in academic, creative arts, physical education, and life skills classes. Field trips are held on Fridays.
The Caregiver ESOL Teacher is an unpaid internship position. The role is responsible for planning and delivering engaging, responsive adult ESOL curriculum and instruction to the culturally- and linguistically-diverse RYSA caregivers’ group. Caregiver ESOL classes will take place for 2.5 hours, Monday-Thursday mornings, throughout the 6-week Program.
New Roots Intern
The New Roots Intern will help with food production and maintenance at NRCF and NRGs. In addition to food production, the intern will assist with market, educational and community activities. This position works directly with the Food and Agriculture Coordinator.
The Logistics Intern assists with the provision, procurement, and quality control of pre-arrival and post-arrival resettlement services for newly arrived refugee according to established guidelines. Primary responsibilities include ensuring IRC refugee clients receive appropriate housing and furnishings. This position reports to the Resettlement Manager.
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.
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