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 26 U.S. cities each year through housing assistance, case management and referral services, job readiness and placement, English language training, community and cultural orientation, health and wellness programs, immigration services and other community integration activities.

The vision and mission of IRC Youth Programs in Washington is for youth from refugee and immigrant backgrounds to have the skills and resources necessary to achieve academic success and pursue a future of opportunity. ​

Location: Intern can work fully remote.

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per week. Generally M-Th, 3-6 or 7pm, occasional Sundays if needed and will be scheduled in advance. Minimum three-month commitment. 

SCOPE OF INTERNSHIP:  The Individualized Learning Program offers one-on-one tutoring to students in grades K-12 with volunteer tutors. Tutors are interviewed, background checked, and trained to offer to the best experience possible to families with the support of the Youth Program Coordinator. The foundation of success in the Individualized Tutoring Program is building a relationship between student and tutor. This leads to trust and feeling safe for the student allowing them to learn at their greatest capacity; and helps with volunteer retention as tutors build relationships they enjoy and want to continue.

The Intern may also occasionally fill in for absent tutors as needed.  We are seeking an intern who is patient, responsible, reliable, and works well with people from other cultures. Interns must have reliable internet and laptop; and feel comfortable working independently. 


  • Calling and enrolling referred families in the IRC Youth Tutoring Program
  • Occasionally fill for absent tutors if needed
  • Connect students to tutors, families to schools, teachers to tutors, and families to other IRC programs
  • Support Individualized Learning Program Coordinator in youth tutor (volunteer) management


  • Must be culturally sensitive, respectful of diverse backgrounds and willing to work with English language learners; previous cross-cultural communication experience is a definite plus.
  • Previous experience working with youth and families; understanding of basic school systems helpful.
  • Experience or knowledge in Education and/or Teaching.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in a refugee language helpful, but not required.
  • Must be outgoing, energetic, and flexible.
  • Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.
  • Reliable Internet connection, phone service, and laptop.

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: Individualized Learning Program Coordinator

Updated: July 2022

Please note, all interns are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is an unpaid internship.

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