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 and survivors of human trafficking in 29 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: The IRC’s Immigration Program provides services to refugees, asylees and other immigrants in the Seattle area. The Immigration Intern will assist immigration staff and work one-on-one with clients applying for adjustment of status (green cards), United States citizenship, family reunification petitions and other immigration benefits. This position may be of particular interest to law students or those pursuing other immigration-related fields, although a legal background or previous immigration experience is not a requirement. This internship is a great opportunity to gain professional experience in a multi-cultural, social service setting. 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.
Location:Remote, availble during office hours (9am-5pm PST)
Time Commitment: Minimum 15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule required. Minimum 3 month commitment. Position begins September/October 2020.
Essential Position Functions:
- Conduct initial eligibility assessments of potential applicants
- Assist with accurate completion of application forms for clients
- Notify clients via telephone, email or mailings about matters related to their applications
- Assist clients with additional necessary procedures, such as requests for evidence and follow-up advocacy
- Assist in outreach efforts for immigration services
- Assist Immigration staff with paperwork, record-keeping and filing
- Assist Immigration staff at Civics Education classes
- Assist with Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) client intake and application processing
- Other administrative and general office support as needed
- This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates
- Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers
- Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially
- Strong organizational skills, time management skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
- Comfortable working in high-stress environments; must be adaptable, flexible, and patient
- Familiarity with Windows operating system and confidence in basic computer skills (word processing, email, data entry); willingness to learn new software
- Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in one of the following languages desirable, but not required: Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Pashto, Russian, Ukrainian, Somali, or Urdu
- Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies
Reports to: Immigration Team
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 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: November 20th, 2020. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at VolunteerSEA [at] Rescue.org.
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