The internship program at the IRC in New York provides current or recent graduates, with hands-on experience in refugee resettlement and other areas.
**Please note all internships are currently remotely only.** Internships are competitive and require a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 9 am-5 pm 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 reference 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).
Refugee Resettlement Intern (remote/in-person)- Under the direction of the resettlement caseworkers, interns 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 (remote)- 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, and scheduling appointments for services. 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 in 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 (Russian/Urdu/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.
Family Education Intern - The Family Education Intern will assist the Education & Learning department’s aims to meets the educational needs of adult refugee, asylee, and immigrant populations in New York City. Interns will support diverse client short- and long-term goals including enrolling adult students in appropriate classes around NY; keeping track of client communication and attendance; maintaining timely databases on different tracking systems; advocating for clients’ educational needs with external education service providers. Fluency in a second language (Spanish, French, Arabic, Pashto, Dari, or Farsi) is highly desirable. A minimum of 15 hours a week is required.
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