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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: 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. 

Spring 2020 Cohort: January 2020 - April 2020

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

Application Due: December 5, 2019



Citizenship Education Program Intern

Immigration Intern - City Heights

Immigration Intern - El Cajon



Academic Support Intern - City Heights

Girls Academy Intern - City Heights

Girls Academy Intern - El Cajon

Peacemakers Intern - City Heights

Peacemakers Intern - El Cajon

Refugee Youth Program Intern - El Cajon

Intergenerational Education Intern - El Cajon

Literacy Intern - El Cajon

Numeracy Intern - El Cajon

Refugee Boys Academy Intern

Refugee Youth Mentoring Program Intern


Food and Farming Program

Social Enterprise Intern


Center for Financial Opportunity

Microenterprise Program Intern

Childcare Intern - City Heights

VESL Plus Intern



Refugee Client Services Intern



Development and Communications Intern