The IRC in Denver provides a variety of unpaid internships. Interns have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn about the diverse services and programs that help refugees regain control of their lives and become self-sufficient in the U.S.
We recruit interns during the academic year and for summers. Our upcoming program dates for internships are:
- Fall: August 22 – December 16, 2022
- Spring: January 4, 2023 – May 19,2023
- Full Academic Year 2022-23: August 22, 2022 – May 19, 2023
- Summer: May 29, 2023 - August 18, 2023
How to apply:
Complete an online application HERE: Please be sure to indicate which position(s) you are applying for. Applicants must include a resume and cover letter. Incomplete applications (e.g. missing resume or cover letter) will not be considered.
After submitting your application, you will be contacted by our team if you are selected to move forward in the application process.
General internship requirements
- Hours per week vary by position (between 8 and 20 hours per week)
- Hours must be completed during normal business hours (i.e. Monday–Friday between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm) unless otherwise stated
- Enrollment in a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree program or pursuing a relevant career
- An interest in international and refugee issues
- Must be reliable and willing to work independently and as part of a team
- Must be flexible and willing to help other teams and departments as needed
- A willingness to learn about the diverse ethnic backgrounds of clients and adhere to IRC volunteer/intern and workplace policies
- Proficiency in other languages, particularly Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Farsi, Dari, Nepali or Swahili highly desirable
Current internship opportunities
(Click the links below to see descriptions and requirements)
This internship is a good fit for someone interested in policy and advocacy, state legislation and local policies on behalf of refugees
- Colorado Refugee Advocacy Intern (positions filled for 2022-23 academic year)
Immigration Legal Services
These internships are a good fit for those interested in immigration law and processes.
- Afghan Parolee Legal Resource Center Intern
- Survivors of Torture Legal Intern (Must be a current or recently graduated law student)
- General Immigration Services Intern
Reception and Placement Services
These internships are a good fit for interns who are interested in learning about reception and placement services available to refugees resettled in Colorado and who are looking for a high level of client interaction and fieldwork.
- Case Management Intern
- Family Mentor Program Intern
- Youth School Family Liaison Intern
- Housing and Logistics Intern
- Casework Economic Empowerment Intern
- ESL Education Intern
- Cultural Orientation Intern
Economic Empowerment Services
These internships are a good fit for individuals with skills related to searching for jobs, writing cover letters and resume, client integration, public transportation and community orientation.
- Employment Case Management Intern
- Financial Capabilities Intern (position filled for Fall 2022)
- Financial Education Intern
These internships are a good fit for individuals with a strong interest in public health and refugee health. Interns with the health program will have a high level of client interaction and fieldwork.
Public Benefits Team
These internships are a good fit for individuals seeking to understand the public benefits landscape and how refugees navigate vital government services after arriving in the U.S. Interns with the Public Benefits Team will have a high level of client interaction and fieldwork.
- Public Benefits Case Management Intern (not offered currently)
Safety and Wellness
These internships are a good fit for students pursuing a higher-level degree in psychology, mental health, social work, or a related field. Interns must be enrolled in a graduate program and either a second-year student or have advanced standing.
- Psychosocial Support Program Intern (positions filled for 2022-23 Academic Year)
- Survivor of Torture Project - Clinical Casework Support Intern (positions filled for 2022-23 Academic Year)
Development, Communications and Community Engagement
These internships are a good fit for individuals looking to gain hands-on experience with how to run a non-profit, fundraise, manage volunteers, manage in-kind donations and implement effective communications plans.