This is an unpaid internship position. Opportunities to earn school credit may exist depending on your school’s policies and requirements. If interested in earning school credit from your internship, please indicate so when applying.

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries worldwide. The IRC also provides support to thousands of refugees resettling in 27 U.S. cities each year through initial housing assistance; case management and referral services; job readiness and placement; community and cultural orientation; health and wellness programs; immigration services; and youth programs.

SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: The Career Development Program helps newcomers to the US build professional development skills and networks to help them achieve long-term career goals. Currently, The Career Development Program consists of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which supports low-income individuals and recipients of public benefits with individualized career planning, job application support, and accessing trainings/education; and the Health Fellows Career Pathways Program, which supports clients in training to become Nursing Assistants.

LOCATION: Fully remote (virtual)

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum15-20 hours /week during IRC office hours, 2-3 days/week. Schedule is flexible but intern must be able to work during IRC business hours (M-F, 9-5) at least once per week. Three-month commitment. 

ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:

  • Assist with job search and help clients prepare and submit job applications
  • Organize and facilitate mock interviews and other career counseling activities
  • Help clients create or update LinkedIn profiles and instruct on LinkedIn usage
  • Schedule and lead remote career programs workshops on topics including workplace communication, emails, resumes, cover letters, and industry-specific skills
  • Record case notes relating to career development/employment searches by job seekers
  • Other miscellaneous tasks may be assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and willing to work with English language learners; previous cross-cultural communication experience a plus
  • Familiarity with employment-related functions: writing resumes, filling out online job applications and interviewing for jobs.
  • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language (ex. Spanish, Persian, French, Swahili, Arabic, Tigrinya) helpful, but not required
  • Must be self-motivated and comfortable working with little supervision at times
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude a must!
  • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to have proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Reports to:  Career Development Programs Coordinator

Updated: July 2022

How to apply:

1. Attend an orientation/info session. Register here.

2. Please fill out a volunteer application

3. Volunteer Coordinator or IRC staff will follow up