Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.
TIME COMMITMENT: At least 2 days/15 hours per week for at least 3 months
Internship terms run: Jan – May, May – Aug, Aug – Dec and Sept – May.
** Please note that is is an unpaid internship with all work done remotely **
** Applicants fluent in Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, French or Swahili strongly preferred **
** Applications without resumes will not be considered. **
Gain experience working at a leading, global humanitarian organization; participate in virtual team meetings, engage in regular supervisor check-ins; gain in-depth knowledge of refugee resettlement process in the U.S.; practice your language skills & make lasting impacts on the lives of IRC clients.
SCOPE OF WORK:
- Assist with services to clients, including coordination of housing assistance for new arrivals; applications for Social Security and state ID cards & school enrollment
- Help clients prepare and understand forms and paperwork.
- Assist clients in scheduling medical and other appointments
- Provide translation and interpretation when necessary
- Other related duties as assigned, including answering and directing incoming phone calls, sorting and filing of documents and case files, and other administrative duties as needed
- Maintain proper boundaries with clients, and refer issues regarding employment, social services, and healthcare to appropriate staff members.
- Adhere to IRC policies, particularly those related to confidentiality and client privacy.
- Display sensitivity to cultural and personality differences of refugee clients. Respect their beliefs and values.
- Learn about refugee resettlement and refugee social services
- Develop problem-solving and client services skills
- Learn how to manage client cases within established deadlines
- Build and practice community outreach and presentation skills with culturally diverse groups
Fluency preferred but not required in French, Spanish, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Tamil, Haitian Creole or Kiswahili
• Undergraduate or graduate studies in social sciences, modern language, international relations or a related field.
• Strong desire to help refugees rebuild their lives in New Jersey.
• Excellent attention to detail and effective communication skills.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
• Patience, understanding, flexibility, and an unceasingly positive attitude.
• Willingness to learn about IRC history, philosophy, global work, and local efforts.
• Willingness to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.
Fill out the online application through the external link on Handshake
using the following guidelines ** Please note applications without resumes will not be considered. **
1) Select office as: US-Elizabeth, NJ
2) Note internship preference & availability
3) Provide 2 references from work or school
4) Upload resume & cover letterAPP