TITLE: Employment Intern
LOCATION: Missoula, Montana
COMMITMENT: 3+ months; Minimum 10 hrs/week
PLEASE NOTE: This is an unpaid position. If credit for class is desired please indicate in statement of interest.
REPORTS TO: Employment Specialist


Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading, non-sectarian non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.  IRC Missoula staff ensure new refugees have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency through English language classes, job training and placement services, and community participation activities.                                                                                                                     


Interns will teach job readiness training classes to newly arrived refugees. The course teaches refugees the skills to navigate the job search process in order to become economically self-sufficient. Curriculum topics include, but are not limited to; job cycle, job search, resume development, job applications, interviews and U.S. work culture. Interns will also have the opportunity to further develop the curriculum and implementation of the job readiness training program. 4-6 hours per week will be devoted to teaching and developing the course. Depending on availability, interns may also be paired one-on-one with refugees to assist with individualized job search. Interns will assist refugees in the following areas; job search, job applications, follow-up on applications and interviews, new hire paperwork and assisting with transportation routes. Interns are required to meet at least 2 hours per week, one-on-one, during the job search until clients are employed. Training will be provided during the initial weeks of the internship with weekly supervision meetings for the remained of the semester. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply.


  • Teach job readiness training class with the assistance of interpretation
  • Further develop curriculum and programing using effective teaching methods and best practice
  • Support refugee families as they work towards self-sufficiency by assisting in the job search, application and interview process
  • Conduct bus training to employment related locations such as IRC, Job Service and place of work
  • This role does not take the place of IRC staff roles, but supplements the role of the Employment Specialist  
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Able to commit at least six hours per week for the duration of one full semester; daytime availability required
  • Self-starter, takes initiative
  • Some job-seeking experience and familiarity with the job search process
  • Willingness to ride the bus and provide public transportation orientations
  • Communicate and record all volunteer activities on a monthly basis
  • Patient, flexible and reliable
  • Adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies, including confidentiality policies and respect for family experiences
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English and across cultures; additional fluency in a refugee language preferred, but not required (Arabic, Tigrinya, Swahili, Amharic)

Interested candidates should email a resume and brief statement of interest to [email protected]

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.