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Internship opportunities in Oakland

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

The spring internship application period is now CLOSED. If you have applied in the past, to reapply for summer, just send your updated cover letter and availability information to the Koby.Heramil [at] rescue.org (subject: Internship%20Application) (Volunteer Coordinator). 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.

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 6-9 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.

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. 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.

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.

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 in May and June and will continue for 6-9 months.

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)