Role Overview

IRC's Career Development programs focus on high-growth and in-demand industry training, including Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, and Clean Energy. Mentors provide guidance, advice, feedback, and support to the mentee following post-sector-specific activity. Mentors serve as positive and motivating role models, advisors, coaches, advocates, and allies. Mentorship topics will be decided based on the specific goals set by the mentee.

About the Program

The Career Development program supports refugees, immigrants, and other underserved community members in San Diego County to obtain careers that provide greater self-sufficiency, job security, and opportunity for future career advancement. Career Development staff career coaching coupled with on-site literacy and workforce preparation activities classes at the IRC and support off-site workforce training with our training partners so that students are simultaneously improving their literacy skills, work readiness skills, and working toward a certificate.


  • Follow up with the mentee on the goals and objectives set out by the mentee and the Career Development Coordinator.
  • Commits to fostering positive relationships with the mentee post-training for 12 months.
  • Meet with the mentee regularly, not usually during thmentee's's work time, no less than two hours per month.
  • Mentors will help clients navigate industry-specific job markets by providing insights on what skills and attitudes employers are looking for, how to tailor their resumes to specific job opportunities, provide insight on the different pathways into an industry, and facilitate networking and employment opportunities.
  • Provides encouragement, assists the mentee in identifying professional development activities, and follows through on commitments made to the mentee.
  • Provides frank, honest, and constructive feedback but allows the mentee to take responsibility for their growth, development, and career planning.
  • Informs supervisor of mentoring activities.


  • At least two years of professional experience in the field  

  • Experience working in a culturally diverse and non-traditional setting with diverse and multi-lingual clients 

  • Prior volunteering experience in a non-profit setting, specifically working with refugees or immigrants, is a plus 

  • Working environment will be remote or hybrid on occasion  

  • Special emphasis on electrical engineering preferred


If you are interested in volunteering and submitting an application, please (1) select that you are applying to the San Diego office, (2) proceed to "Interests and Question,"" (3) fill out "Please enter the top three positions that interest you," and (4) indicate" "Career Development Mentor" to be considered.