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Spring internship opportunities

Start date: Ongoing
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The IRC in Seattle currently has several unpaid internship openings. Undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates are welcome to apply. These positions are open until filled. See below for position descriptions and application details.

 

Current openings:

 

Anti-Trafficking Casework Intern

Location: IRC Office in SeaTac, WA

Time Commitment: Minimum 10-15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule required. Minimum 6-month commitment.

Scope of Work: The IRC’s Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN) offers support to survivors of human trafficking as they rebuild their lives free from trauma and exploitation. Casework Interns work alongside IRC Case Managers/Advocates to support and access services for survivors. Interns also assist with other duties including case file documentation, scheduling appointments, arranging transportation to appointments, and other related activities. Interns may also participate in outreach efforts aimed at providing access to services to individuals and communities vulnerable to human trafficking. This internship is a great opportunity to gain professional experience in a multi-cultural, social service setting. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Complete intensive IRC training on victim advocacy and trauma-informed service provision
  • Accompany clients on appointments and interviews with community service providers (such as DSHS, public health, health clinics, Social Security Administration, and DOL)
  • Assist with housing outreach to secure housing options for survivors
  • Provide public transportation orientation and guidance
  • Help survivors become oriented to new neighborhoods and local resources
  • Manage client case files and document services (electronic and hard copies)
  • Maintain a professional attitude and appearance as an IRC representative
  • Fulfill other case management responsibilities assigned by supervising Case Manager/Advocate

Skills/Qualifications: This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates; Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers; Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially; Strong organizational and time management skills; Ability to work independently and as a part of a team; Comfortable working in high-stress environments; must be adaptable, flexible, and patient; Familiarity with Windows operating system and confidence in basic computer skills (word processing, email, data entry); willingness to learn new software; Familiarity with trauma-informed practices preferred; Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in one of the following languages desirable, but not required: Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Punjabi, or Urdu; Must have valid driver’s license, vehicle, auto insurance and a clean driving record.

Employment Program Intern

Location: IRC Office in SeaTac, WA

Time Commitment: Minimum 10-15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule required. Minimum 3 month commitment.

Scope of Work: Help refugees as they prepare for their first job in the United States! Employment Program Interns work closely with IRC Employment Specialists to accomplish a variety of employment-related activities, such as developing resumes, interview preparation, and assisting refugees as they learn public transportation routes and schedules.  Interns also assist in the organization and maintenance of client case files and other administrative tasks as assigned. This position is a great opportunity to gain experience in a social service setting and to learn about local refugee communities. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide one-on-one support to refugees, SIVs and asylees during their job search, including resume writing, interview preparation, filling out new hire paperwork and obtaining food handler’s permits
  • Teach job seekers how to ride bus/light rail to work, make transfers and read public transportation schedules
  • Organize and maintain client case files and perform other administrative functions such as filing, copying, data entry and answering phones
  • Take clients shopping for clothing items required for work
  • Work closely with IRC employment staff to identify knowledge gaps and potentially develop and implement workshops aimed to fill those gaps
  • Streamline content of workshops such as digital and financial literacy based on established curriculum and assist in the monitoring and evaluating of outcomes
  • Coordinate scheduling of workshops, including calling clients and communicating with other members of the employment team
  • Attend and assist with employment-related fieldtrips

Skills/Qualifications: This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates; Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers; Familiarity with employment-related functions: writing resumes, filling out online job applications and interviewing for jobs; Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially;  Must be self-motivated and comfortable working with little supervision at times; Flexibility and a positive attitude a must; Language skills such as Arabic, Somali, Burmese, Swahili or Kinyarwanda helpful, but not required; Access to a vehicle, a valid license, and insurance strongly preferred.

Immigration Intern - closed

Location: IRC Office in SeaTac, WA

Time Commitment: Minimum 10-15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Regular schedule required. Minimum 3 month commitment.

Scope of Work: The IRC’s Immigration Program provides services to refugees, asylees and other immigrants in the Seattle area. The Immigration Intern will assist immigration staff and work one-on-one with clients applying for adjustment of status (green cards), United States citizenship, family reunification petitions and other immigration benefits. This position may be of particular interest to law students or those pursuing other immigration-related fields, although a legal background or previous immigration experience is not a requirement. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Conduct initial eligibility assessments of potential applicants
  • Assist with accurate completion of application forms for clients
  • Notify clients via telephone, email or mailings about matters related to their applications
  • Assist clients with additional necessary procedures, such as requests for evidence and follow-up advocacy
  • Assist in outreach efforts for immigration services
  • Assist Immigration staff with paperwork, record-keeping and filing
  • Other administrative and general office support as needed

Skills/Qualifications: This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates; Strong intercultural communication skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers; Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially; Strong organizational skills, time management skills and attention to detail; Ability to work independently and as a part of a team; Comfortable working in high-stress environments; must be adaptable, flexible, and patient; Familiarity with Windows operating system and confidence in basic computer skills (word processing, email, data entry) and willingness to learn new software; Ability to communicate effectively in English; additional fluency in one of the following languages desirable, but not required: Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Pashto, Somali, or Urdu.

Youth Program Intern

Location: IRC Office in SeaTac. Some travel to homes and schools in surrounding areas.

Time Commitment: Minimum 8-10 hours/week primarily during office hours (9am-5pm). Minimum 3-month commitment.

Scope of Work: The Youth Program Intern will assist the Youth Program team with daily operational tasks with the goal of supporting newly arrived refugee families navigate the US school system. The intern helps provide support services such as parent orientations, after school program support, and program registration. You will ensure appropriate school and grade level placement, communicate regularly with children, school staff and parents, make referrals as necessary to other service providers, and advise and support school staff. You will also support parents by teaching them skills such as how to get involved in their child’s education and how to communicate with their child’s teacher. The Youth Program Intern helps make the transition into school as easy as possible for newly arrived families through supporting Youth Program staff.. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Create educational resources for newly arrived parents
  • Enroll students into IRC Youth Programs and ensure parents have an understanding of each program
  • Conduct school and education orientations for newly arrived families
  • Prepare monthly newsletter updates for school staff and volunteers regarding IRC Youth Programs
  • Prepare weekly activities and curriculum to be used in after school programs and day camps
  • Compile a record of academic, recreational, and social opportunities for students and provide families with the necessary information; Assist with registration into these activities as needed
  • Provide extra support to Youth Program staff and families as needed
  • Other activities related to Youth Programs, including administrative support, as needed

Skills/Qualifications: This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates. Students pursuing degrees or certificates in education, TESOL, or other related fields may be particularly interested in this position; Strong intercultural communication skills; Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers; Previous experience working with refugee or immigrant communities and/or low-income communities preferred; Previous experience working with youth and/or in a school setting preferred; Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially; Ability to work independently and as a part of a team; Flexible, outgoing, and reliable; Reliable access to a vehicle preferred, in addition to valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and a clean driving record.

Youth Program Intern - HS Afterschool Program

Location: IRC Office in SeaTac; Program site in Kent

Time Commitment: Minimum 6-8 hours/week primarily during afterschool hours (2pm-5pm). Minimum 3-4 month commitment. Must be on site at program in Kent Tuesdays & Thursdays during afterschool hours (2pm-5pm).

Scope of Work: Help newly-arrived refugee youth and families excel in the US education system as a Youth Program Intern. The Intern provides crucial day-to-day support coordinating after school programs and is expected to attend programs twice weekly. Activities include developing grade level-appropriate activities and lessons related to literacy, numeracy, and social/emotional learning, as well as developing and teaching educational games and activities to volunteer tutors. This internship may be of particular interest to someone studying education or TESOL. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Enroll students into IRC youth programs; ensure parents understand the program(s) and provide informed consent for their child’s participation.
  • Prepare weekly literacy, numeracy, and social-emotional activities for school-aged youth.
  • Plan lessons and curriculum based on students’ academic needs.
  • Lead group activities with students.
  • Provide on-site support to volunteer tutors and IRC staff during after school programs.
  • Research academic, recreational, and social opportunities for students and provide information on these opportunities to families; Assist with activity registration, as needed.
  • Coordinate field trips, visitors, and other activities for after school programs.
  • Track program attendance for both students and tutors.
  • Other activities related to youth programs, including administrative support, as needed.

Skills/Qualifications: This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates. Students pursuing degrees or certificates in education, TESOL, or other related fields may be particularly interested in this position; Strong intercultural communication skills; Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers; Previous experience working with refugee or immigrant communities and/or low-income communities preferred; Previous experience working with youth and/or in a school setting preferred; Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially; Ability to work independently and as a part of a team; Flexible, outgoing, and reliable; Reliable access to a vehicle preferred, in addition to valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and a clean driving record.

Youth Program Intern - Connect2Work Program

Location: IRC Office in SeaTac; Program site in Kent; Some travel to homes and schools in surrounding area.

Time Commitment: 4-8 hours/week primarily during office hours (9am-5pm). Must be available for Connect2Work classes offered every other week on Wednesday afternoons in Kent. Minimum 3-month commitment.

Scope of Work: The Connect2Work Program serves at-risk high school refugee youth by helping them complete their education, identify a career path and find employment, and enroll in vocational and/or post-secondary education that supports the achievement of career and academic goals. The Youth Job Readiness Intern is responsible for assisting with group-based instruction to low-income youth. This position prepares all materials needed for Connect2Work class and reviews curriculum to ensure effectiveness and relativity. The intern works closely with Youth Program staff to guarantee Connect2Work students achieve program goals and outcomes. . Specific responsibilities include:

  • Enroll students into Connect2Work Program and do initial assessments
  • Teach biweekly Connect2Work classes
  • Prepare biweekly newsletter updates for school staff and administration regarding Connect2Work Program
  • Assess students in order to track progress
  • Track and report program attendance
  • Coordinate regular field trips to businesses and colleges/universities
  • Advise Connect2Work Youth Council to ensure students’ voices are heard
  • Provide extra support to refugee students and parents as needed
  • Other activities related to Youth Programs, including administrative support, as needed

Skills/Qualifications: This internship is for undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates. Students pursuing degrees or certificates in education, TESOL, or other related fields may be particularly interested in this position; Strong intercultural communication skills; Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and across language barriers; Previous experience working with refugee or immigrant communities and/or low-income communities preferred; Previous experience working with youth and/or in a school setting preferred; Ability to handle sensitive client information confidentially; Ability to work independently and as a part of a team; Flexible, outgoing, and reliable; Reliable access to a vehicle preferred, in addition to valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and a clean driving record.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the IRC’s online volunteer and intern application and email a resume and brief cover letter to VolunteerSEA [at] rescue.org (subject: Internship%20Application)  with “Internship Application” in the subject line. In your cover letter, indicate which position(s) you are applying for. If applying for multiple positions, please indicate your order of preference.

Applicants are also encourage to attend a volunteer orientation session. RSVP to the next session here.