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We currently have 180 opportunities across the United States.
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Turlock, CA

Youth job training assistant

Start date: December 31, 2018

The youth job training assistant will assist the class instructor with job training for 16- to 24-year-old refugee and Special Immigrant Visa clients who have resettled to the Central Valley. For six successive Saturdays, the IRC will help provide attendees with important skills and tools to succeed in the workplace. This volunteer will also help participants find jobs.

Denver, CO

Family Mentor

Start date: January 7, 2019

Family Mentors support newly-arrived refugee families and individuals in their transition to life in the U.S. Through participating in a variety of activities, the mentor will act as both a friend and resource.

Missoula, MT

IRC Missoula Financial Literacy Intern

Start date: January 7, 2019

This position works to promote the financial literacy of refugee clients in Missoula. By empowering refugees to engage in healthy financial decision making through education and one-on-one mentoring, this position supports the mission of IRC to help refugees move towards rapid self-sufficiency. As an IRC intern, the successful candidate will work with staff in every department, coordination closely with several of our community partners, and have access to resources that span over 20 IRC offices across the U.S.

Missoula, MT

IRC Missoula Youth Employment Intern

Start date: January 7, 2019

This position coordinates the youth (ages 16-24) employment program. In partnership with Missoula County Public Schools English Language Learner (ELL) Program, interns will teach job readiness training classes to high school aged refugees with the goal of securing summer or after school employment. Interns will work one-on-one and in groups with refugee youth to teach and assist with job search, resume development, job applications, interviews and other relevant aspects of US work culture. Interns will also have the opportunity to further develop the curriculum and implementation of the job readiness training program. Intern is also responsible for establishing and maintaining employer partnerships through outreach, cultural competency training, site visits, and more. By building a diverse pool of employers, this position will provide opportunities for refugee youth to engage in a variety of US employment settings building skills for their future careers.

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Why I volunteer with the IRC

I believe refugees have a right to dignity and respect for their cultures, traditions, and lives before their displacement. I don’t believe this right always exists in the U.S., and I want to work towards changing the status quo.

MaryIRC volunteer in Dallas