The IRC’s Oakland office offers a variety of unpaid internship opportunities throughout the year.
Intern screenings are arranged on a rolling basis and applicants may also complete an in-person or Skype interview prior to receiving an internship offer. Read below for internship descriptions and instructions on how to apply.
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.
All Internships require 15 – 30 hours per week for a minimum of 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.
You can apply online here. Please upload your resume and cover letter as one PDF file.
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.
For individuals with work experience and skills are resume and cover letter writing. Preferred familiarity with Arabic, Dari 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.
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.
- Casework Intern
- Cultural Orientation Intern
- Health Intern
- Housing/Logistic Intern
- Intensive Case Management Intern
- Quality Assurance Intern
- School Navigator Intern
Cover letters must include: 1) a clear explanation of how one specific internship is related to and supports your educational and/or career goals; 2) projected start and end dates; and 3) the number of hours, days and times you are available per week. Applicants whose cover letters do not include these items will not be considered. After you have submitted your application, you may be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator for a screening interview if you are a top candidate. We regret that due to high volume, we cannot interview every applicant.
Interns must go through a background check and we ask that all volunteers contribute $40 towards the cost of the background check prior to orientation with the IRC. All internships are unpaid.
If you have additional questions, please Koby.Heramil [at] rescue.org (subject: Internship%20Inquiry) (email).