Refugee Field Work Intern
TITLE: Refugee Field Work Intern (3) LOCATION: El Cajon START DATE: May/June 2023 DURATION: 4 months; 15 - 20 hours per week** (240 hours minimum) Will the intern drive clients: Yes
Important Note: This is an unpaid internship.
BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 28 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 28 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.
SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: The Refugee Resettlement intern will be instrumental in helping newly arrived refugees, and other refugees who are facing significant barriers to connect to appropriate services in San Diego. The intern will support Caseworkers, refugee clients directly, and will assist with ongoing projects within the Resettlement Department. The Resettlement Department consists of two programs; Reception & Placement, and Afghan Integration Resettlement Services. Interns can request to work with specific programs, or to assist both.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Drive and accompany clients to appointments, such as the DMV, health check-ups, legal consults, school enrollments, etc. Assist Resettlement Caseworkers with airport pickups for newly arriving refugee families Assist with setting up the apartments of families scheduled to arrive to San Diego, including shopping for a set list of items Take clients to the bank to open accounts or withdraw money Help clients enroll in services, in-person or remotely Accompany clients on bus/metro trips to help them learn routes on the San Diego public transit system Develop guides and learning materials for client use (examples: healthcare navigation, food banks, local community guides, etc.) Organize long-term projects or resources that will benefit the livelihoods of refugee clients. Provide ongoing office support for the Resettlement department including preparing case files, writing and emailing on behalf of clients, maintaining supplies, and welcoming guests.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Student will learn about service plans, and the essential steps of setting up new refugee families for success in San Diego Student will learn about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and the resettlement process. Student will learn more about the populations of refugees in San Diego. Student will learn about the essential functions of a non-profit office needed to help programs continue to run.
REQUIREMENTS: Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or Master’s program focused on Education, International Relations/Development, Social Work, or related field Must be a self-starter, enthusiastic, and possess a positive attitude. Excellent organization skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, empathetic, and ability to effectively collaborate Ability to use basic functions of Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office programs English fluency required 1+ years related work or volunteer experience with a non-profit strongly preferred A strong interest in working with a diverse, low-income population is required. Proactive, motivated and flexible; able to remain calm and adapt within a fast-paced work environment Language skills a plus (Farsi/Dari, Kiswahili, Arabic, or Russian strongly preferred) Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance and the ability to travel regularly in the area (daytime and nighttime hours)
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 furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.
This position reports to Resettlement Supervisor and the Volunteer & Donations Specialist
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