Please Note: This is an unpaid position. This position may be considered an internship for school credit, depending on your school policies and requirements. If this is desired, 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 VOLUNTEER WORK: Under the supervision of the Sr. Coordinator for Program Quality & Digital Equity, the digital equity intern will provide support to advance initiatives around digital equity, training and literacy to ensure individuals, families, and communities served by IRC Seattle have digital skills and access to further their engagement, education, and economic empowerment goals. This intern position will also assist the development of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, client feedback and program analysis.
LOCATION: Remote work for IRC Seattle Office
TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum 15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9a-5p), 2-3 days/week. Regular schedule required. 4-6 month commitment. Position begins Winter 2020.
ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS:
- Explore digital needs of newly arrived refugees, SIVs, and other IRC Seattle participants and make recommendations for developing standard supports as part of routine service provision.
- Design and implement curriculum and programming that broadens the access of IRC Seattle participants to education, support, and opportunities for digital access and connection.
- Speak with IRC program participants on subjects including, but not limited to digital literacy, program success, service delivery, and skill gaps
- Collect, input and analyze client feedback mechanisms
- Create, organize and distribute digital learning resources across IRC programs and constituent communities and partners.
- Collect client stories to showcase benefits of digital literacy trainings
- Assist with data entry and other program or digital equity priorities as needed
- Interest in developing and designing programs for non-native English speakers and diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Interest or experience in curriculum development, design, and instruction Background in program coordination, monitoring and evaluation
- Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
- Solid organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time, and meet deadlines required
- Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and willing to work with English language learners; previous cross-cultural communication experience a plus
- Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
- Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language (ex. Swahili, French, 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
Reports to: Sr. Coordinator, Program Quality & Digital Equity
Updated: November 2020
How To Apply
Complete the IRC’s online volunteer and intern application.
Email a one-page resume and one-page cover letter to VolunteerSEA [at] rescue.org (subject: Digital%20Equity%20Intern) with “Immigration Internship” in the subject line. In your cover letter, indicate which position(s) you are applying for. If applying for multiple positions, please indicate your order of preference. Incomplete applications (e.g. missing online application, resume or cover letter) will not be considered.
Priority application deadline: December 20th, 2020. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at VolunteerSEA [at] rescue.org (subject: Digital%20Equity%20Internship) .
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