The IRC’s Oakland office offers a variety of unpaid internship opportunities throughout the year.
The fall internship application period is now open and will close on August 7th. If you have already applied, to reapply for fall, just send your updated cover letter and availability information to the 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 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.
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 in resume and cover letter writing as well as interviewing. 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
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 August or September and will continue for 4-6 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 kristen.borash [at] rescue.org (subject: Internship%20Inquiry) (email).