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San Diego Internship Opportunities

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Thank you for your interest in pursuing an internship at the IRC in San Diego. The IRC in San Diego offers a variety of unpaid internships for recent graduates up to one year and students currently enrolled in an educational institution. Please see below for currently available internships.

Please note: Although the internships have the possibility of beginning remotely, the office locations might reopen in accordance to guidelines from public health officials. For this reason, intern applicants must be located, or have plans to relocate to San Diego, CA.

If you are currently enrolled at a university located within San Diego, you must indicate this within your application or cover letter. You will be responsible for acknowledging any school requirements during the application process. All interns must either currently be enrolled in higher education or have graduated within the last year. 

The International Rescue Committee cannot act as a sponsor to visa holders and all internship applicants must be eligible to work within the United States. 

If you have any questions, please email VolunteerSD [at] Rescue.org for details. 

Internship Application Process:

  1. Review currently available internships below.
  2. Click the link to apply online. Please attach both a resume and cover letter to your application.
  3. Applications will be reviewed to confirm minimum requirements are met
  4. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview
  5. If successful, you will complete a background check.
  6. Upon your first day, your supervisor will map out your internship length, goals, and progress. 


Available Internships

San Diego Office Internships 

The San Diego local office hosts interns in a cohort system, offering fall, spring, and summer cohorts. Please be aware that internships offered may vary depending on the season and needs. Internships posted below are organized by department and listed under the cohort season they are offered. 

Fall 2020 Cohort: September 2020 - December 2020

Time Requirement: Minimum of 10 hours per week (positions vary in length)  

Application Due: August 7th, 2020



Immigration Intern City Heights

Immigration Intern El Cajon



Peacemakers Engagement Intern

Girls Academy Intern

Connect2Work Intern

Youth Programs Intern

Academic Support Intern


Food and Farming Program

Social Enterprise Projects Intern

Marketing & Events Intern


Center for Financial Opportunity

Micro-Enterprise Intern

Marketing Intern

Small Business Development Center Intern