13 September 2010

Internal Rescue Commitee: Intern opportunities!

What? The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.


Scope of work: Provide core service to newly arriving refugees, and helping clients work towards self sufficiency during their first two years in the U.S. in the areas of health, employment, finances, DWS, education, housing, family, and community.

Requirements: Background in social work OR related fields, experience working with refugees/diverse populations, strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office, IRC orientation and background check.

Position logistics: 16+ weeks, unpaid, 20-40 hours/week in 3 hour blockssupervised by Amelia Self (Health Programs Coordinator) or Stacey Shaw (Casework Supervisor)

Start Dates: May, September, January


Scope of work: VOLUNTEER. assist in the process of receiving and placing donations. The intern will work in pursuing community partnerships and donations from individuals.

Position functions:
Organizing storage units and office donation areas
· Helping with furniture delivery and pickups
· Delivering donations to clients
· Help with any paperwork and filing
· Offer feedback and ideas, as appropriate
· Writing thank you cards to donors
· Following and responding to furniture pick up inquires and donation leads
· Other related duties as assigned

Requirements: 3 months for 5 hours per week, available on Fridays preferably from 10:00am - 3:00 pm, drivers license, background check, willing to learn about cross-cultural communication and ethnic background of clients


Scope of work: VOLUNTEER. IRC-SLC provides newly arrived refugees with services that allow them to access and manage their healthcare. These services include scheduling medical appointments, arranging for interpreters and transportation to appointments, discussing health needs/issues with clients, conducting a monthly cultural orientation and providing health education opportunities.

Requirements: background in public health, social work, health promotions, related fields, experience working with diverse populations, strong computer skills

Position logistics: 16 weeks, 15-20 hours/ week in 3+ hour blocks. Supervisor is Amelia Self, Programs Manager. (Amelia.self@theirc.org)


Scope of Work: VOLUNTEER, provide support for the program and clients throughout a variety of activity themes or may choose to focus on one particular aspect of PORTAL programming. He/she creates a safe space for the clients to practice and build their English skills and their job skills, while learning about American life and Salt Lake culture. Some activities that PORTAL intern could do include: UTA bus orientations, library tours, museum visits, outdoor recreational hikes, computer class assistance or instruction. Opportunities available for class curriculum development and administrative assistance.

Commitment: 12 weeks, 15-20 hours per week, training and supervision provided. Supervisor is Melissa Aldape, Program Coordinator (Melissa.aldape@theirc.org)


Scope of Work: Working closely with the youth program coordinator, the intern will be in charge of revising and implementing youth program activities and pursuing community partnerships. These topics include basic safety, conflict resolution and American recreation, among others. This is a great opportunity for candidates interested in social work, international relations, or child development.

Commitment: The intern must be available approximately 10 hours per week; scheduling is flexible.

Interested? Contact Kaitlyn Dixon Kaitlyn.Dixon@theirc.org

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