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Internship Opportunities in Tucson

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The IRC’s US offices offer a variety of unpaid internship opportunities throughout the year. Prospective interns should be currently enrolled in an educational institution or within 6 months of graduation and are required to submit an application and resume. Due to IRC COVID-19 policies, all IRC Interns must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, contact VolunteerTucson [at] rescue.org (subject: Volunteering%20in%20Tuscon)

Internships at the International Rescue Committee in Tucson provide college students and recent graduates with opportunities to gain professional experiences and exposure to different fields. Interns learn to work in a multi-cultural environment, build professional networks within the community, and cultivate adaptability and creativity in a dynamic world. 

Please note that most of our internships will be in-person for the fall. There may be some exceptions for specific positions.

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Internship Process

Internship Positions

Application Steps:

This is an unpaid internship but course credit is often available.

  1. Get to know the IRC in Tucson and learn more about how you can be involved. To see a list of current internship openings, please see the position descriptions below. For specific questions, email us at VolunteerTucson [at] rescue.org (subject: Internship%20Info%20Request)   
  2. Apply online. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  3. Interview with the Volunteer Coordinator and Department Supervisor
  4. Receive offer and accept--conditional on background and reference checks
  5. Clearance checks and criminal history disclosures
  6. Apply for a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card
  7. Volunteer Coordinator will work with you and the supervisor to schedule your first day.
  8. Attend an orientation and training session to learn about office policies, confidentiality, and communication guidelines. You are also expected to make all efforts to participate in ongoing training opportunities.

Commitment

The IRC expects all interns to work 20-25 hrs/wk for 10 weeks during Summer, and 10-15 hrs/wk for 14 weeks during Fall/Spring (when classes are in-session). All internships take place during business hours (8 am to 5pm Mon-Fri) unless otherwise noted on the position description. More stringent requirements for availability or commitment may be additionally listed for certain roles. Examples: 3 full days, must be available Mondays and Fridays from 10am-3pm. 

Interns must be at least 18 years of age, be able to pass a criminal history check, and have authorization to work.

Intern Application Deadlines

  1. Summer Interns: April 15th
  2. Fall Interns: Open until positions are full
  3. Spring Interns: December 15th

Additional applications for some positions are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Students seeking to receive college course credit for their internship are advised to apply earlier.

REMOTE WORK TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS:

Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities. IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.

All personal devices must:

  1. Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  2. Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  3. Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  4. Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.

Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

Internship Positions

Employment and Economic Empowerment Intern

OVERVIEW:

The Employment and Economic Empowerment Intern supports Staff in assisting refugee clients secure their first jobs in the United States and guiding them towards successful integration into the American workplace. Interns will gain familiarity in cross-cultural training techniques, skills development and hiring procedures of area businesses.

Please note that this is an unpaid position.

This is an in-person position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides direct and administrative services to clients in the following areas:
  • Resume preparation;
  • Online and paper job applications;
  • Job Readiness Training (JRT) classroom instruction;
  • Client transport to interviews and other post-placement assistance;
  • Research job opportunities;
  • Client file management;
  • Skill specific projects as assigned by Program Coordinator.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledge of employer expectations, job retention, and job search techniques
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding client information 
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English
  • Punctual and reliable
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds 
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, a clean driving record, and willingness to drive clients in personal vehicle
  • Technology requirements:
  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months

FALL/SPRING: Minimum 10 hrs/wk for 14 weeks

Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)

Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment

Reports To: Katrina Martinez

 Apply Here

Education and Learning Intern

OVERVIEW:

Resettlement is at the heart of the IRC’s work with refugees. Services provided meet refugees’ basic needs for food, shelter and legal rights in the early, critical stages of the long-term resettlement process. All activities lay the foundation for clients to become self-sufficient and contribute positively to their new community. The Education and Learning Interns will assist the Education and Learning Case Manager in supporting refugee and asylee adults and children, meet their short-term and long-term education goals.

Please note that this is an unpaid position.

This is an in-person position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support ESL enrollment for adult clients
  • Collect medical records, school records, and other official documents to enroll newly arrived youth in school
  • In coordination with the Education and Learning Case Manager, Casework Supervisor, and other interns, develop and conduct orientation to U.S. school system for newly arrived families
  • Support families with applying for free lunch, purchasing or procuring school supplies and beginning school
  • Track and document all related activities in appropriate internal database system
  • Upload client documents in internal databases

Learning Objectives:

  • Get hand-on experience working with refugee populations soon after they arrive in the US
  • Learn about the refugee resettlement process
  • Intern will learn how to effectively manage caseloads of adults and youth clients
  • Intern will learn how to track and analyze qualitative and quantitative data regarding refugee learning outcomes
  • Intern will learn how to communicate effectively across different cultures and navigate difficult conversations with clients
  • Interns will learn how to navigate the educational system within the U.S.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student, or recent graduate
  • Experience or interest in working with refugee and immigrant communities
  • Punctuality, excellent time management skills, and a flexible schedule
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding client information
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Strong Attention to details
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Office and administration experience a plus, but training will be provided
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds

Technology requirements:

  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months

FALL/SPRING: Minimum 10 hrs/wk for 14 weeks

Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)

Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment

Reports To: Come Niyongabo, Education and Learning Case Manager

Apply here

Housing and Logistics Intern (Status: Full) 

OVERVIEW: 

The Housing and Logistics Intern works in close coordination with the Housing and Logistics Coordinator, apartment managers, and refugee families to provide pre and post arrival casework services. The intern will assist in orienting new families to the basics of apartment living as well as housing rights and responsibilities in the United States. The intern will primarily work directly with new families at their homes and in the field, but will also be expected to provide valuable support by completing office-related tasks. The applicant will gain valuable experience working with the refugee community and community partners. 

Please note that this is an unpaid position. 

This is an in-person position.  

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Lead in-home housing education sessions for new families with the assistance of an interpreter. 
  • Work with new families to complete housing-related tasks such as submitting maintenance requests, purchasing money orders, and paying rent and utility bills.  
  • Procure and deliver household items and food items for new arrivals 
  • Set-up apartment for new arrivals 
  • Assist new families to apply for and transition into subsidized housing programs through HUD, Section 8, and City of Tucson Public Housing. 
  • Improve upon existing housing resources and develop new educational materials.  
  • Work with the Housing and Logistics Coordinator to maintain and establish new relationships with apartment managers and housing providers in the Tucson area. 
  • Support Housing Outreach efforts 
  • Document all services provided using various databases and data tracking systems. 

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Pursuing degree in social work or possessing equivalent experience. 
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds. 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Understanding and ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information. 
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record. 
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-semester commitment. 

CLEARANCES:  

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy. 

COMMITMENT: 

SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months  

FALL/SPRING: Minimum 10 hrs/wk for 14 weeks 

Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm) 

Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment 

Reports To:  Housing and Logistics Coordinator 

Apply Here 

Survivors of Torture & Asylum-Seeking Families Intern (Status: Full)  

OVERVIEW:

Interns will work with the Sr. Caseworker and Caseworker in providing culturally appropriate intensive case management services for clients enrolled in the Survivors of Torture or Asylum Seeking Families Program.

Please note that this is an unpaid position.

This is an in-person position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Learn how to provide trauma informed and victim centered services to vulnerable refugees and immigrants that have experienced significant trauma 
  • Provide direct service to clients through one-on-one interactions (in office and home visits) 
  • Provide training for the clients including cultural orientation, transportation, life skills, job readiness training, banking, budgeting classes and client rights and responsibilities 
  • Assist clients with connecting to community resources (including: food banks, libraries, shelters, etc.) 
  • Coordinate individual appointment logistics with health or social providers 
  • Provide transportation for client appointments, as needed 
  • Collaborate with IRC staff and community partners to enhance activities and supplement services to clients 
  • Assist with facilitating psycho-social support groups when needed 
  • Research other community resources and continue to expand the resource lists 
  • Document all activities in case notes and send weekly client reports &Input client data in tracking systems 
  • Other relevant program support duties, as assigned 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Pursuing degree in Mental/Behavioral Health field, or at least 1 year related experience
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding client information
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in a second language strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving and organization skills
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, a clean driving record, and willingness to drive clients in personal vehicle
  • Technology requirements:
  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

  • SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months
  • FALL/SPRING: Minimum 10 hrs/wk for 4 months
  • Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment

Reports To: Elissa McDavid

Apply here 

Intensive Case Management Intern (Status: Full)

OVERVIEW:

Upon arrival to the United States and throughout their first few years, refugees and asylees face numerous hurdles to effectively navigate the US healthcare system and accessing important community health resources. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) works one-on-one with clients to meet each of their unique health needs. This intern works in close coordination with the Intensive Case Management (ICM) team to address barriers to health and wellness for refugee and asylee clients, including those with serious medical and mental-health conditions, the elderly, LGBTI clients, single mothers, and victims of sexual and gender-based violence enrolled in the ICM program. The ICM Casework Associate will be responsible for providing comprehensive support to ICM clients to address barriers to social determinates of health and barriers towards self-sufficiency. Interns gain valuable experience working with clients and interpreters of diverse cultural backgrounds, hone skills in case noting, gain an understanding of refugees’ acute and chronic health concerns, and develop expertise in navigating the US medical system and Arizona's Medicaid.

Please note that this is an unpaid position.

This is an in-person position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct health and wellness client assessments 6 months, and 12 months after ICM enrollment
  • Develop individualized service plans based on client needs
  • Map community assets and help make referrals to community partners
  • Assist in scheduling and accompanying clients to health and wellness appointments as appropriate
  • Educate clients on U.S. healthcare and social service systems
  • Input client health and wellness information into IRC’s database
  • Communicate client concerns with ICM staff and coordinate health and wellness service plan with supervisor
  • Assist with ensuring proper documentation of services and client case files
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Pursuing a graduate or post-graduate degree in a related field, such as social work, public health, behavioral health, or possessing equivalent experience
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Understanding and ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information.
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record; willingness to transport clients in personal vehicle

Technology requirements:

  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

  • Minimum 15 hrs/wk for 1-2 semesters and able to commit to at least one full business day
  • Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-semester commitment

Reports To: Belinda Niyonkuru

Apply here

Family & Youth Case Management Intern

OVERVIEW:

The Family and Youth Specialist will help in some of the most vital areas of refugee resettlement work. Interns assist with core services including: applying for and enrolling clients in social service programs and school enrollment, apartment set-up, airport pick-up assistance, and other case management related tasks. Interns will gain experience networking with community service providers and communicating with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Please note that this is an unpaid position.

This is an in-person position.

RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Prepare apartments for incoming refugee families
  • Manage client files and track necessary services
  • Assist Case Managers in enrolling clients to eligible community services
  • Accompany refugee clients on appointments and interviews with community service providers
  • Assist supervising Case Manager with intensive cases as they arise
  • Coordinate with Case Management to ensure services are being received

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Pursuing a degree in a related field
  • Punctuality, excellent time management skills, and a flexible schedule
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding client information
  • Proficiency in a foreign language is preferred, but not required
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, a clean driving record, and willingness to drive clients in personal vehicle

Technology requirements:

  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

  • SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months
  • FALL/SPRING: Minimum 10 hrs/wk for 14 weeks
  • Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment

Reports To: Noorullah Dawari

Apply here 

Cultural Orientation Intern

OVERVIEW:

The IRC in Tucson’s Cultural Orientation Program is designed to provide a holistic and integrated approach to educating refugees during their first week of resettlement in the United States. The Program provides structured trainings to newly arrived refugees and asylees to familiarize them with their new environment and inform them of available services. The Cultural Orientation Intern will support Staff with logistical organization and materials preparation for these training sessions and will actively work with clients to facilitate more thorough absorption and processing of vital information.

Please note that this is an unpaid position.

This is an in-person position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepare programmatic materials for the Cultural Orientation Program including handouts and laminated activity cards.
  • Compile necessary materials into individualized client packets.
  • Assist in Cultural Orientation training activities and drills as directed by CO Instructor.
  • Assist Staff with transportation of participating clients to and from the IRC office.
  • Train clients to ride public transportation to and from their homes to the IRC office.
  • Conduct Tucson Highlights bus tours with newly arrived clients.
  • Support Cultural Orientation Coordinator in additional tasks as necessary to design, maintain and improve the Cultural Orientation Program.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Punctuality, excellent time management skills, and a flexible schedule
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding client information
  • Proficiency in foreign language is preferred, but not required
  • Office experience a plus, but training will be provided
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, a clean driving record, and willingness to drive clients in personal vehicle
  • Experience in ESL instruction considered a major asset

Technology requirements:

  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

  • SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months
  • FALL/SPRING: Minimum 10 hrs/wk for 4 months
  • Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • Must be available during at least one of either Monday or Friday, 10am-2pm
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment

Reports To: Noorullah Dawari

Apply here

Resettlement Assistance Intern

OVERVIEW:

Resettlement is at the heart of the IRC’s work with refugees. Services provided meet refugees’ basic needs for food, shelter and legal rights in the early, critical stages of the long-term resettlement process. All activities lay the foundation for clients to become self-sufficient and contribute positively to their new community. The Resettlement Assistance Intern will support the Resettlement Supervisor in quality assurance of files and service deliveries.

Please note that this is an unpaid position.

This is an in-person position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist in preparation of file set-up for all newly arrived and enrolled clients
  • Upload client documents in internal database
  • Assist in managing direct financial assistance for clients and reconciliation of credit card statements
  • Assist with service documentation through case-notes and case file maintenance
  • Conduct quality control of case files to ensure compliance and completion
  • Administrative and clerical support to staff including filing, copying, and distribution of client documents
  • Support the Resettlement Supervisor in additional tasks as necessary

BENEFITS:

  • Develop relationships with all of IRC staff members and clients of different cultural backgrounds
  • Intern will acquire detailed knowledge of programs (e.g. Matching Grant, Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program, etc.) and public benefits available for refugees during their resettlement period
  • Intern will learn reporting requirements for resettlement agencies
  • Intern will gain exposure to case work in the resettlement field.
  • Professional development and administrative assistant skills

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Punctuality, excellent time management skills, and a flexible schedule
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding client information
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Strong Attention to details
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Office and administration experience a plus, but training will be provided
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds

Technology requirements:

  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

  • SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months
  • FALL/SPRING: Minimum 10 hrs/wk for 14 weeks
  • Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment

Reports To: Noor Dawari

Apply here 

Victim Services Intern (Status: Full)

OVERVIEW:

The Center for Wellbeing team provides intensive case management to survivors of torture, victims of crime, victims of human trafficking and asylum-seeking families living in Arizona. The Victim Services intern will work closely with the Caseworkers and Wellness Team to provide culturally competent, comprehensive services to refugee, foreign national, and immigrant survivors of war, violence, displacement, and trauma. In addition, they will learn how to provide trauma-informed, victim-centered, strengths-based services that promote health and safety, inspire confidence, respects choice, and assists survivors towards independence.

Please note that this position is unpaid.

In-person interns are preferred for this position, but some remote interns and/or hybrid in-person/remote interns may be accepted.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Learn how to provide trauma informed and victim centered services to vulnerable refugees and immigrants that have experienced significant trauma
  • Provide direct service to clients through one-on-one interactions (in office and home visits)
  • Provide training for the clients including cultural orientation, transportation, life skills, job readiness training, banking, budgeting classes and client rights and responsibilities
  • Assist clients with connecting to community resources (including: food banks, libraries, shelters, etc.)
  • Coordinate individual appointment logistics with health or social providers
  • Provide transportation for client appointments, as needed
  • Collaborate with IRC staff and community partners to enhance activities and supplement services to clients
  • Assist with facilitating psycho-social support groups when needed
  • Research other community resources and continue to expand the resource lists
  • Document all activities in case notes and send weekly client reports &Input client data in tracking systems
  • Other relevant program support duties, as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Enrolled in bachelors program preferred, BSW student preferred
  • Interest in public health, social work, or international studies preferred, but not required
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding client information
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Computer literacy, database experience preferred
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must be comfortable working with the LGBTQ community and Asylum Seekers
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, a clean driving record, and willingness to drive clients in personal vehicle

Technology requirements:

  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

  • SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months
  • FALL/SPRING: Minimum 10 hrs/wk for 4 months
  • Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment

Reports To: Haley Kimberlin

Apply here  

Therapeutic Services Intern 

OVERVIEW:

The Center for Wellbeing team provides intensive case management to survivors of torture, victims of crime, victims of human trafficking and asylum-seeking families living in Arizona. The Therapeutic Services intern will work closely with the Clinical Supervisor, Caseworkers, and Wellness Team to provide culturally competent, comprehensive services to refugee, foreign national, and immigrant survivors of war, violence, displacement, and trauma. In addition, they will learn how to provide trauma-informed, victim-centered, strengths-based services that promote health and safety, inspire confidence, respects choice, and assists survivors towards independence.

Please note that this position is unpaid.

In-person interns are preferred for this position, but some remote interns and/or hybrid in-person/remote interns may be accepted.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides support for group counseling or workshops including session planning, preparation and co-facilitation
  • Conducts and assists with intakes for groups and appropriate referrals and case management needs
  • Provides follow up with clients for continued care coordination
  • Refer clients to community resources or to specialists as necessary and other case management duties. · Arrange for interpreters for group sessions where needed
  • Transport clients using your own vehicle when needed
  • Make weekly client phone calls to arrange for group and individual sessions
  • Complete and maintain required clinical documentation in a timely manner
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment
  • Attend individual supervision
  • Commit to at least 12 hours per week for the duration of the internship
  • Perform additional job-related duties and responsibilities as requested
  • Work in both a standard office environment and community-based environment

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s level focus on counseling, social work, or education is strongly encouraged but is not a limiting factor for candidates
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical team, clients, and staff
  • Experience with vulnerable populations preferred, in particular psychological trauma due to war, displacement, violence, and persecution
  • Desire to work with an ethnically diverse international population in innovative ways
  • Ability to work effectively with partners, colleagues, and clients in a cross-cultural, team based environment
  • Ability to present oneself in an appropriately personable and professional manner to clients and staff
  • Ability to be both consistent and flexible as circumstances warrant
  • Ability to receive and utilize constructive feedback regarding performance, presentation and relationships with others
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Proficiency in a second language spoken by the client base strongly preferred but not required
  • A positive attitude and a desire to learn and adapt traditional clinical skills to meet the needs of a diverse client base
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, a clean driving record, and willingness to drive clients in personal vehicle

Technology requirements:

  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

  • SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months
  • FALL/SPRING: Minimum 12 hrs/wk for 4 months
  • Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment

Reports To: Haley Kimberlin

Apply here 

Health and Medical Advocacy Intern (Status: Full)

OVERVIEW:

Upon arrival to the United States and throughout their first few years, refugees and asylees face numerous hurdles to effectively navigate the US healthcare system and accessing important community health resources. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) works one-on-one with clients to meet each of their unique health needs. Health Advocate Interns play an important role in IRC's mission. The interns work in close coordination with IRC's Health Program Manager, IRC Health Team, and local healthcare providers to coordinate and advocate for the healthcare and preventative health needs of refugee/asylee clients. By arranging appointments, teaching basic preventative health measures, and networking with healthcare providers, the Health Advocate Interns gain valuable experience working with clients and interpreters of diverse cultural backgrounds, hone skills in case noting, gain an understanding of refugees’ acute and chronic health concerns, and develop expertise in navigating the US medical system and Arizona's Medicaid.

Please note that this position is unpaid.

In-person interns are preferred for this position, but some remote interns and/or hybrid in-person/remote interns may be accepted.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate scheduling, interpretation, and transportation for all new arrivals to establish care with a Primary Care Provider and follow up as necessary
  • Serve as patient advocate, accompany clients to medical appointments, transport clients for lab work and other diagnostic testing, and report follow-up and referrals from providers
  • Record activities as directed and give timely reports to the Health Program Manager
  • Provide training to clients regarding pharmacy services and understanding how to access prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Assist clients to become self-sufficient in accessing transportation to medical appointments by providing trainings and assisting with applications to special transportation services as needed
  • Work closely with the Health Program Manager to assist clients in finding health resources that best meet their needs
  • Reinforce clients’ understanding of treatment instructions and referral and specialist follow up care
  • Other activities as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Pursuing degree in health sciences or social work or possessing equivalent experience
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Understanding and ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record; willingness to transport clients in personal vehicle when COVID-19 safety protocols are lifted

Technology requirements:

  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

  • SUMMER: Minimum 25 hrs/wk for 3 months and able to commit to 3 full business days
  • FALL/SPRING: Minimum 15 hrs/wk for 4 months and able to commit to 2 full business days
  • Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment

Reports To: Riley McMahon, Health Services Supervisor

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Health Education Intern (Status: Full)

OVERVIEW:

Upon arrival to the United States and throughout their first few years, refugees and asylees face numerous hurdles to effectively navigate the US healthcare system and accessing important community health resources. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) works one-on-one with clients to meet each of their unique health needs. The Health Education intern will partner with health and wellness staff to develop localized health education workshops/classes on topics related to commonly diagnosed refugee health needs, preventive health behaviors and/or health care navigation. Interns will partner with mainstream service providers for curriculum development. After which, the intern will facilitate health education workshops to IRC clients.

Please note that this is an unpaid position.

In-person interns are preferred for this position, but some remote interns and/or hybrid in-person/remote interns may be accepted.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Collaborate with health and wellness staff to develop or update health education curriculum
  • Schedule and maintain calendar for health education
  • Facilitate and lead health education workshops
  • Coordinate outreach to clients and partner organizations about health education workshops
  • Maintain client attendance and track clients progress on database (ETO)
  • Communicate client concerns to IRC staff
  • Assist in rolling out client satisfaction surveys, compile the results, and provide findings to health and wellness staff

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Pursuing degree in Public Health
  • Experience with Health Education and preventive health training
  • Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Understanding and ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding client information
  • Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, and clean driving record; willingness to transport clients in personal vehicle

Technology requirements:

  • Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
  • IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
  • All personal devices must:
  • Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
  • Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
  • Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
  • Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
  • Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.

CLEARANCES:

All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.

COMMITMENT:

  • SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months
  • FALL/SPRING: Minimum 12 hrs/wk for 4 months and and able to commit to blocks of time greater than 3 hours
  • Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
  • Preference given to applicants able to make multi-semester commitment

Reports To: Riley McMahon, Health Services Supervisor

Apply here