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Refugee Employment Intern

Start date: Ongoing
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LOCATION: 208 Commerce Place, 4th Floor, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

TIME COMMITMENT: Interns: at least 2 days per week (Jan-May, May-Aug, Aug-Dec) 
(Please note that is is an unpaid internship opportunity.)
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:

•    Assist employable clients to prepare resumes and prepare for interviews

•    Assist clients with online job applications

•    Accompany clients to job interviews and to clinic for drug screening

•    Facilitate group orientations focused on employment program requirements and the World of Work

•    Outreach to clients to follow up on job placements and track retention rates

•    Research potential employers and job training programs

•    Call, email and meet with local employers and identify job placement opportunities for refugees.

•    Perform reception duties such as greeting visitors to the office and connecting them to appropriate staff.

•    Other related duties as assigned, including answering and directing incoming phone calls.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Student will learn about refugee resettlement and refugee social services
Student will develop research and outreach skills
Student will learn how to interact with multi-cultural and limited English speaking clients

REQUIREMENTS:

•    Undergraduate level studies in business, social sciences, international relations or a related field.

•    Must convey confidence, have effective communication skills and exhibit excellent attention to detail.

•     Desired languages but not required: French, Spanish, Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Pashto, Kiswahili or Kinyarwanda.

•    Strong desire to help refugees rebuild their lives in New Jersey.

•    Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.

•    Patience, understanding, flexibility, and an unceasingly positive attitude

•    Willing to learn about IRC history, philosophy, global work, and local efforts.

•    Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.

•    Willingness to transport clients via public transportation. A car is a plus.

This position reports to the Employment Specialist. Click here to apply.