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News from Oakland, CA

Get the latest updates and event listings from the International Rescue Committee in Oakland, CA, and learn how you can help welcome newly arrived refugees.

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Khalid, Halit, Kal-leed

How many people do you know with three names?  Probably none. Well, now you do…

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Internship opportunities in Oakland

We are currently accepting applications for spring internships lasting a minimum of six months. Interns work closely with staff to achieve organization goals. We actively recruit for internships in Access and Legal Rights, Development and Outreach, Economic Empowerment, New Roots (Garden Program), Refugee Resettlement and General Office support.

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Items needed for refugees in Oakland

We continue to look for in-kind donations to add items to newly resettled refugees homes. We are currently looking for new items of sewing machines, standing lamps, pack and play cribs, pressure cookers, irons, tea kettles, blenders, car seats and strollers to name a few!

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Refugees in Oakland Take Next Steps Towards Careers

One of the IRC's first priorities when refugees arrive in Northern California is to help employable adults secure jobs that will allow them to begin covering expenses and building a new life. Some clients arrive with the professional background and necessary skills to pursue a career similar to that in their home country. To help with this, the IRC offers career development programming to clients who have already secured their survival job and are interested and ready to move forward. 

Volunteer

School Navigator Intern

This year, the IRC will be resettling international refugees from Eritrea, Burma, and Afghanistan. The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance and counseling through all stages of resettlement. The Resettlement Team provides initial services to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including (but not limited to) securing housing, addressing to medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security and California ID cards, and linking refugees to our internal and mainstream services.

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Reception & Placement Quality Assurance Intern

The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance, and counseling through all stages of resettlement.

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Intensive Case Management Internship (BA required)

The IRC's ICM Program serves refugees with high barriers to self-sufficiency. The ICM program focuses on the following populations: children and adults with serious medical conditions and mental health needs, clients affected by gender-based violence, LGBTQ clients, the elderly, and single parents. The case management interns will work closely with individual clients and provide direct case management services and referrals to community resources to address the needs of the clients and their families.

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Reception & Placement Housing/Logistic Intern

This year, the IRC in Oakland will be resettling international refugees from Afghanistan, Burma, Eritrea, Syria, to name a few. The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance and counseling through all stages of resettlement. The Resettlement Team provides initial services to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including (but not limited to) securing housing, addressing medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security and California ID cards, and linking refugees to our internal and mainstream services.

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Reception & Placement Health Intern

The Resettlement Services Program is the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance and counseling through all stages of resettlement. The Resettlement Team provides initial services to orient refugees to life in the U.S., including (but not limited to) securing housing, addressing medial concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security and California ID cards, and linking refugees to our internal and mainstream services.

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Cultural Orientation Intern

All newly arrived refugees to IRC Oakland attend a series of Cultural Orientation (CO) classes. The Cultural Orientation Intern will be responsible for the logistics of CO classes as instructed by the Resettlement team each week. CO classes are targeted to adult refugees and class size or composition will vary. Additionally, the Cultural Orientation Intern will assist the Resettlement team to develop evaluation tools for all CO classes, including public transit trainings and/or additional relevant trainings based on population needs.

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