This is an unpaid internship position. Opportunities to earn school credit may exist depending on your school’s policies and requirements. If interested in earning school credit from your internship, please indicate so when applying.

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries worldwide. The IRC also provides support to thousands of refugees resettling in 29 U.S. cities each year through housing assistance, case management and referral services, job readiness and placement, English language training, community and cultural orientation, health and wellness programs, immigration services and other community integration activities.

SCOPE OF WORK:  The Unaccompanied Children's Program Intern will assist the Unaccompanied Children's Caseworker in providing casework to unaccompanied children who have been released from detention into the care of a sponsor. Minors are typically from the Northern Triangle, ie Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

LOCATION: Hybrid (in-person and remote). Can meet at either the IRC SeaTac office located 1200 S 192nd St. SeaTac, 98148 or at pre-arranged location based on client and intern availabilitySchedule to be arranged based on client-coach agreed times.

TIME COMMITTEMENT: 15 hours per week during IRC business hours (M-F, 9-5). Regular schedule preferred. Minimum three-month commitment.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct home visits to sponsors
  • Assist caseworker with family reunification process
  • Provide case management support to minors and families
  • Completing and entering detailed case notes
  • Conducting follow up calls with sponsors and clients
  • Providing referrals to pro-bono immigration services
  • Enrolling children in school and Medi-Cal
  • Conducting research to develop resources to support the UC Program
  • Providing ESL support or referrals
  • Administrative tasks as assigned

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Bachelors degree (Masters degree a plus) in Social Work, International Relations or related field
  • Background or interest in immigration, social work, or education preferred
  • Must be extremely organized, detail oriented, and able to handle complex situations
  • Ability to provide trauma informed care a must

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to have proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Reports to:  Survivor Services Program Manager

Last updated: July 2022

How to apply:

1. Attend an orientation/info session. Register here.

2. Please fill out a volunteer application

3. Volunteer Coordinator or IRC staff will follow up