Economic Empowerment Support
Help recently arrived refugees become financially self-sufficient
Help clients apply for permanent residency, citizenship, family reunification and more.
Help refugee clients settle into their new lives in San Jose
Support recently arrived refugees prepare for employment here in the San Jose area.
Citizenship Workshop Assistant
Volunteers will assist clients as they complete their citizenship applications.
Internships San Jose
The IRC’s San Jose office offers a variety of unpaid internship opportunities! Take a look at our positions available this fall!
HOME Team Volunteers
Help families get a great start to their new lives here in San Jose. Teams will support families by fundraising for housing subsidy, setting up their new home, and connecting them to new community resources.
Donation Outreach Volunteer
Help meet donation needs for recently arrived refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking.
Vocational English Volunteer
Help clients strengthen their English skills to help them secure their first job.
Job Club Volunteer
Work one-on-one with clients to help them obtain gainful employment.
Professional Mentor Volunteer
Provide guidance to refugees, ayslees, and immigrants to advance their careers in the United States.
Review our current available volunteer positions.
Complete an online application and upload your resume and cover letter to the application. To expedite the application process, fill in the “Interests and Questions” section as completely as possible. IRC staff will contact you when there is an available placement matching your skills, interests and availability.
After your application is reviewed, you may be selected for an phone interview.
After phone interview, you will complete an interview with IRC staff.
After accepting a volunteer position offer, complete an online background check. To protect our clients, volunteers are asked to complete a background check, and we ask volunteers to contribute $40.00 to offset its costs. All IRC volunteer opportunities are contingent on the results of the background check. This step can add 1-2 weeks to the process, but is typically very fast.
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.
Most of our volunteer opportunities take place during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). The minimum commitment for all opportunities is 6+hrs a week for 4 months. The 4-month minimum commitment ensures ample time for volunteers to move beyond training and into meaningful work. Additionally, it provides stability to our clients’ lives as they can expect to work with the same volunteer consistently.
For individuals whose schedules do not permit for a regular commitment, we have flexible opportunities (after normal business hours & weekends). Currently, these opportunities are for our Citizenship Workshops.
Due to the high volume of interest, we are unable to respond to phone, drop-in or other individual inquiries regarding current opportunities.