Summer 2017 Refugee Resettlement Intern (Unpaid)

International Rescue Committee
  • Location
    Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Apr 19

Position description

DURATION: 4-6 months

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 26 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: The new arrival casework Intern will assist case management staff in providing reception and placement services to newly arrived refugees as they adjust to their new lives in the US. (S)he will play a key role in helping refugee families access needed benefits and services within their first month to six months in the United States. The intern will also perform a series of clerical and administrative duties to ensure client files are kept up to date.


  • Assist casework staff with reception services to clients, including setting up apartments for new arrivals; assisting     clients with application for Social Security and state ID cards; teaching clients how to cash checks and use public transportation; accompanying clients to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and school enrollment.
  • Help clients prepare and understand forms and paperwork.
  • Facilitate group orientations to ensure clients have a good understanding of the Reception and Placement (R&P) program – (IRC will provide training to intern)
  • Assist staff with sorting and filing of documents and case files.
  • Maintain proper boundaries with clients, and refer issues regarding employment, social services, and health care 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.  
  • Perform reception duties such as greeting visitors to the office and connecting them to appropriate staff.
  • Other related duties as assigned, including answering and directing incoming phone calls.
  • Provide translation and interpretation when necessary.


  1. Student will learn about refugee resettlement and refugee social services
  2. Student will develop problem solving and client services skills
  3. Student will learn how to manage client cases within established deadlines


•    Undergraduate level studies in social sciences, international relations or a related field.

•    Languages desired but not required: French, Spanish, Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Pashto, Kiswahili or Kinyarwanda.

•    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.

•    Willing to learn about IRC history, philosophy, global work, and local efforts.

•    Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.

•    Able to transport clients locally by public transportation. Transporting clients by car is a plus.

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