BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities.
SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: Girls Academy is an IRC youth program aiming to empower local refugee and newly arrived immigrant high school girls through career exploration, community service, and team projects. Through this program, students will build their confidence, engage in career exploration, expand their scope of experience, and get involved in their community. As an intern, the work will be focused on fostering a welcoming multi-cultural environment, and providing support to prepare, implement, and document Girls Academy programming.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The intern will help supervise Girls Academy’s weekly meetings, facilitate activities, conduct outreach for field trips, drive and attend field trips, and help design, implement, and document Girls Academy curriculum.
- Help prepare, implement, and document class curriculum for refugee youth events and programs
- Conduct outreach for upcoming programs and events
- Regularly maintain client portfolios, including client correspondence and data entry
- Assist refugee youth in applying for jobs/educational opportunities, and assisting with other client concerns
- Support cross-department colleagues and collaborations
- Drive clients on field trips or other outings
- Interns will practice interpersonal communication skills while engaging with a client population of diverse backgrounds in an educational setting.
- Interns will learn how to coordinate engaging activities and skill-building exercises that serve refugee and immigrant youth.
- Interns will gain insight of various refugee and immigrant issues and the support systems that enable them to thrive.
- Currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or certificate program
- Must have driver’s license and reliable transportation
- Must be able to attend weekly meetings at El Cajon Valley High School as have a flexible schedule to support occasional field trip excursions during late afternoons/early evenings, and some weekends
- Flexibility and willingness to take initiative in a fast-paced, versatile environment required
- Experience working with high school-age youth strongly preferred (ages 13-18)
- Previous multi-cultural experience and demonstrated ability to communicate well with people of varied English-speaking abilities strongly preferred
- Experience or interest in any of the following: public diplomacy, human rights, advocacy, international relations, multimedia, digital storytelling, performing, public speaking, creative writing, videography, photography, web design, radio/podcasts
- Swahili, Farsi, Arabic, or Spanish speaking preferred
- Requires additional Livescan (at intern’s expense) and clearance to work at the El Cajon Valley High School.
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