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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in Oakland, CA, you use your skills to help people who have fled violence and persecution to rebuild their lives in America. See below for the latest volunteer opportunities and how to apply.

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Oakland, CA

Volunteer Coordinator Intern

Start date: Ongoing

This position will help support the Volunteer Coordinator's efforts to recruit, train, and support volunteers at the IRC Oakland office. This internship allows for great learning and responsibility on part of the candidate, and is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to gain hands-on experience to work in the nonprofit sector.

Oakland, CA

Anti-Trafficking Research and Outreach Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The HOPE (Human trafficking Outreach, Prevention, and Education) program identifies and serves adult foreign victims of human trafficking. IRC personnel conduct intake interviews to ensure that clients qualify to be enrolled in program. They also assist clients in procuring and referring to services such as housing, food, and clothing. Referral to culturally competent immigration resources is another key role of the HOPE program. The anti-human trafficking department orients clients to their new environment, and aids them in learning how to navigate systems in the United States so they can become self-sufficient. They also assist in physical and mental health services, safety planning, and police investigations, when necessary. The IRC provides up to 1 year of financial support and other assistance to ensure clients have: safe and affordable housing, all-encompassing medical care, access to necessary social services, school enrollment for children, ESL enrollment for adults, legal aid, and more.

Oakland, CA

Immigration Intern

Start date: Ongoing

After a refugee resettles in the US, that is not the end of their legal road to become a US citizen. Refugees must apply for their green card one year after they have been in the US and then for their citizenship after five years. Additionally, refugees also need legal assistance to help bring over spouses and other family members. The Immigration Intern will help provide these and other forms of legal services to clients seeking immigration assistance.

Oakland, CA

In-Kinds Donations Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The In-Kind Donation intern will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and be the main point of contact for community members who reach out to support the IRC with In-Kind Donations. The intern will assist with the intake of donations, organize the intern room, prepare and deliver items to be given to newly arrived refugees and work with caseworkers to identify refugee needs.

Oakland, CA

Anti-Human Trafficking HOPE Program Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The HOPE (Human trafficking Outreach, Prevention, and Education) program identifies and serves adult foreign victims of human trafficking. IRC personnel conduct intake interviews to ensure that clients qualify to be enrolled in program. They also assist clients in procuring and referring to services such as housing, food, and clothing.

Oakland, CA

Development Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Development Intern will work closely with the Development Manager to identify donor prospects including corporations, foundations, and government funding, and assist in fundraising efforts through written solicitations, grant compliance, community outreach, and special events. This is a unique opportunity to gain skills in an essential component of non-profit work.

Oakland, CA

Economic Empowerment Intern

Start date: Ongoing

Employment and financial literacy are essential elements in helping refugees become economically self-sufficient. The Economic Empowerment Intern will work closely with the Job Developer to support all aspects of clients' employment and finances. This internship allows candidates the opportunity to work closely with refugee clients and help them on a one-on-one basis.

Oakland, CA

Financial Education Intern

Start date: Ongoing

IRC clients' financial experience varies widely, including many individuals who have never had access to a formal financial system, to those who have extensive experience but lack assets, income, and credit history. Financial education staff and interns provide assistance with budgeting and bill payment, banking and account set-up and management, savings strategies, and credit building.

Oakland, CA

School Navigator Intern

Start date: Ongoing

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.

Oakland, CA

Client Coordination Intern

Start date: Ongoing

Help manage the front desk by greeting clients and helping them access services and staff. Answer phones, take messages, receive visiting clients, and respond to general questions about the IRC. Volunteers may also assist Northern California Headquarters staff with duties related to executive management.

Oakland, CA

Administrative Support Intern

Start date: Ongoing

The Finance and Administration Department is responsible for the IRC in Northern California's financial accounting functions and the oversight of the financial accounting processes of the offices to support programs. This intern position is within the Finance and Administration team and will support the team with various projects and month end close responsibilities including assisting with client coordination support (front desk coverage) and helping to foster an environment in which both clients and staff thrive in productivity.

Oakland, CA

New Roots Food Secure Resettlement Intern

Start date: Ongoing

As clients arrive in the US they are surrounded by foods with which they are unfamiliar, and also many options that can lead to diet-related disease. Unfortunately, many of the unhealthy options also tend to be cheaper and easier to access than healthy and whole options. The New Roots program works with IRC clients in two main areas: 1) Food Secure Resettlement (FSR) and 2) food and community-based wellness programming including gardening, community events and placemaking. Our goal in the FSR programming is to assist IRC clients with access to healthy and affordable culturally appropriate food options and nutrition education in the US context.

Oakland, CA

Refugee Resettlement Casework Internship

Start date: Ongoing

This year, the IRC in Oakland 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 medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security and California ID cards, and linking refugees to our internal and mainstream services.

Oakland, CA

Cultural Orientation Intern

Start date: Ongoing

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.

Oakland, CA

Reception & Placement Health Intern

Start date: Ongoing

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.

Oakland, CA

Reception & Placement Housing/Logistic Intern

Start date: Ongoing

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.

Oakland, CA

Career Development Intern

Start date: Ongoing

This year, the IRC in Oakland will be resettling international refugees from Eritrea, Burma, Syria, and Afghanistan. IRC's Career Development services are designed to assist clients with targeted, industry-specific career counseling and training. Clients who are able to graduate from entry-level positions to more advanced career opportunities are able to access these services that will help them grow professionally. The Career Development Intern will support these services through direct client interaction, coordination of supportive volunteer services, and classroom training.

Oakland, CA

Intensive Case Management Internship (BA required)

Start date: Ongoing

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.

Oakland, CA

Reception & Placement Quality Assurance Intern

Start date: Ongoing

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.

Oakland, CA

New Roots Youth Programs Intern

Start date: Ongoing

Our goal in the New Roots youth programming is to engage newcomer high-school aged youth in garden and nutrition education, as well as facilitate food and farming knowledge transfer and relationship building with the elder generation. Youth will also learn about food systems and food justice issue with a leadership-development focus. The Youth Programs Intern will work alongside youth this fall semester to participate in gardening and cooking activities, nutrition education, and pilot a newly developed curriculum.

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions.

  2. Attend an information session. To attend a session, you can RSVP here for our session on November 16 and here for the session on December 13. All Info Sessions are held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at our office in Oakland.

  3. After you’ve attended an information session, we’ll send you a volunteer application to complete.

  4. As volunteer opportunities become available, you may be contacted to schedule a phone or in-person interview.

  5. Complete and clear a background check.

  6. If selected, you will be contacted with information about next steps.

Additional things to note

*You must be 18 years or older to volunteer and complete a background check. 

Due to the high volume of people reaching out, we are currently prioritizing volunteers who have weekday availability between Monday-Friday from 9:00-5:00 p.m. We do have a significant waitlist for volunteer opportunities at the moment. We encourage any potential volunteers who do not have weekday availability to view our How Can I Help or Take Action page before signing up for an Info Session.

For more information, contact K[email protected].