Scope of Service 

Interns will explore current resources available through CORE, Switchboard, and other sites that integrate adult learning principles with a linguistically and culturally diverse audience for Cultural Orientation and Employment Readiness. Interns will also help create new materials to introduce clients to options for adult education, such as ELL and HiSet classes, in the Greater Des Moines community. 


  • Complete required trainings on existing Cultural Orientation and Employment Readiness classes
  • Complete research on adult learning principals and ways to engage linguistically and culturally diverse adult clients  
  • Create original materials, such as PowerPoint slides and handouts, that introduce clients to employment, education, healthcare, law and safety, and other important topics as they integrate into their new communities 
  • Use free resources such as Canva for creating original materials  
  • Aid in training volunteer teachers to implement new curriculum 
  • Maintain documents and resources in Box and update as needed 
  • Create resources that introduce clients to available adult learning opportunities in the different areas of Greater Des Moines and anywhere else current clients may be located 

Time Commitment and Duration

Up to 15 hours per week, spring semester January through May, up to 240 hours

Learning Objectives

  • The intern will gain professional experience in creating curriculum for linguistically and culturally diverse adult students 
  • The intern will become proficient in the use of resources such as Canva and PowerPoint to create original materials for adult learners 
  • The intern will have the opportunity to complete research on adult learning principals and systems that can be utilized to implement curriculum 


This internship is unpaid

Skills and Qualifications

  • Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially   
  • Experience creating and implementing curriculum desired   
  • Experience teaching adults desired  
  • Proven ability to demonstrate patience, understanding, and flexibility  
  • A willingness to work with, and take direction from, program staff 
  • Strong intercultural communication skills including demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers 
  • Strong organizational and communication skills  
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team 
  • Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies, including current Covid-19 policies (must be fully vaccinated, meaning first 2 shots. Boosters recommended.)  

How to Apply

Interested applicants should first complete an application on Salesforce at Applicants must upload a resume and cover letter to be considered a complete application. We encourage students to explore their university's process to get academic credit.