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Internship opportunities in Oakland

Updated 

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

The Summer 2017 application period is now open. We will begin screening intern applicants starting on February 13th. Interviews with supervisors will be conducted in March and applicants will be confirmed by the end of the month. If you have an extenuating circumstance that requires you to receive your internship offer prior to the end of March, please reach out to the Oakland Volunteer Coordinator.

Annually the IRC Oakland hosts highly experiential internships that demand intuitive, motivated, and professional candidates.

Our office is a fast-paced environment that is successful due to both the personal initiative of individual staff members and the team-like mentality of the entire organization. The ideal intern candidate will be able to complete their daily responsibilities and problem solve with minimal supervision and provides support as needed to the overall team. Interns work alongside staff to provide direct services. All leave their internship with transferable skills that can help launch a career within the nonprofit sector. 

Commitment:

All Internships require 15 – 30 hours per week for a minimum of 4-6 months. Two to three full days in the office are preferred, but we can work around school schedules. Candidates with fluency in a foreign language are strongly encouraged to apply. All internships with the IRC are unpaid.

Position Descriptions:

Access and Legal Rights

For individuals with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Preferred proficiency in Spanish.

Development and Outreach

For individuals looking to get hands-on experience with how to run a non-profit. No language ability required.

Economic Empowerment

For individuals with work experience and skills in resume and cover letter writing as well as interviewing. Preferred familiarity with Arabic or Spanish.

General Office Support

For individuals with attention to detail and follow through. No language ability required.

New Roots - Garden Program

For individuals with experience directly related to food security, gardening and working with youth. Preferred familiarity with Amharic, Nepali, Spanish or Tigrinya.

Refugee Resettlement

For individuals who can commit full days (2-3/week) and have the ability to drive. Preferred familiarity in Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil or Tigrinya.

You can apply online here. Please upload your resume and cover letter as one PDF file.

Please tailor your cover letter(s) to reflect your interest in a particular position(s). The more internships you list, the better chance we have of finding a great fit for you at the IRC in Oakland. After you have submitted your application, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator about a screening interview. If selected, candidates will also meet at our office in Oakland for an in-person interview with program staff about a week or two after the screening interview. Internships will start May or June 2017 and will continue for 3-4 months.

Interns must go through a background check and we ask that all volunteers contribute $30 towards the cost of the background check prior to orientation with the IRC. All internships are unpaid.

If you have additional questions, please email