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Volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in welcoming refugees to your community. By volunteering with the IRC in San Diego, 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.

Current opportunities

San Diego, CA

Sponsorship and Events Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

The Sponsorship and Special Events Volunteer will support the development manager in seeking new and renewed sponsorship opportunities for and planning the logistics of the IRC’s annual fundraiser, A Taste of the IRC and provide support the day of the event.

San Diego, CA

Advocacy and Communications Volunteer

Start date: Ongoing

Have a passion for advocacy? The IRC is looking for a committed community member interested in empowering the voices of refugee and immigrant populations. Click here!

San Diego, CA

Volunteer Coordination Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Learn how nonprofit management functions on an organizational level! With over 500 active volunteers, coordination is a crucial part of our work. Learn more here!

San Diego, CA

Citizenship Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

The Immigration Department provides citizenship classes at our El Cajon office. In this role, you would have the opportunity to assist clients in their road towards obtaining citizenship through critical behind the scenes administration support.

San Diego, CA

Immigration: Front Desk Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Are you passionate about the U.S. Immigration system? Help our clients apply for U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Resident Status, petition family members, family reunification, DACA, and much more.

San Diego, CA

Employment Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Perfect your resume building and job search skills as you support clients looking for their first job!

San Diego, CA

Basic Skills Youth Tutor

Start date: Ongoing

Dare to dream with young adults looking towards a brighter future, tutor 17-21 year old out of school refugees in our El Cajon Office!

San Diego, CA

El Cajon Front Desk Assistant

Start date: Ongoing

Be the first friendly face clients see as they check into our lobby!

San Diego, CA

San Diego Internship Opportunities

Start date: Ongoing

Academic internships currently available at the IRC in San Diego

Volunteer process

  1. Review our current available volunteer positions and choose 3 that best fit your interests, skills, and schedule.

  2. Complete a volunteer application by following this link. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator as needs arise for your chosen position.

  3. After your application is reviewed, you may be selected for an interview.

  4. Once the interview is confirmed and conducted, successful interviewees will complete the necessary background checks. To protect our clients, we require background checks for all our volunteers, and we ask volunteers to make a $49 donation to cover associated costs. Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to our clients, and your help to cover this cost allows us to continue providing the best service possible. This step can add 1-2 weeks to the process, but is typically very fast.

  5. Once cleared, you will attend a general orientation before training and scheduling the first day.

Additional things to note

*You must be 18 years or older to volunteer and complete a background check. For High School Opportunities, please email [email protected] or see our Youth Ambassador Program page.

Most positions require a 3 month volunteer commitment with 5 hours per week. If this is not feasible for you, please email us about our on-call opportunities.

Please email [email protected] with questions.