Fall 2024: Career Programs Intern (Unpaid)

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IRC - International Rescue Committee

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 one of the world’s largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 50 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees deliver lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you’re a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.

*Please note: this is an unpaid internship. The position is anticipated to start in August – September 2024.* 

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 Career Programs Intern will support the Career Development Specialist and Career Development Coordinator in delivering comprehensive career development services to refugee clients. These services aim to help clients earn industry-recognized certifications in fields such as Allied Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing, and more. Additionally, the intern will assist Career Program staff in conducting on-site literacy and workforce preparation activities and classes at the IRC. These efforts are designed to enhance students’ literacy and work readiness skills.


  • Assist Career Program staff with outreach and enrollment process of the clients. 

  • Support Career Development staff with a variety of projects and administrative tasks, including data entry, filing, and database quality assurance.

  • Support Career Program staff with postclass follow-ups.

  • Work individually with clients with resume review, job searching, networking opportunities, and interview preparation.

  • Provide one-on-one technical assistance sessions to participants with limited English proficiency.

  • Develop guides and resources in multiple professional fields and prepare curriculums.

  • Assist training staff with other tasks as assigned.


  1. Intern will increase their knowledge of refugee population in San Diego and challenges they face specifically in workforce.

  2. Intern will learn how to render direct service to clients regarding employment. 

  3. Intern will receive training and familiarity in data entry and data analysis.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program focused on Education, International Relations/Development, Social Work, or related field.  
  • Possess excellent organization skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, along with empathy and effective collaboration.
  • Ability to use basic functions of Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office programs.
    English fluency required.
  • Volunteer experience with a non-profit preferred.
  • Show a strong interest in working with a diverse, low-income population.
  • Proactive, motivated and flexible; able to remain calm and adapt within a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to take direction (written and oral) and to complete tasks independently and in a timely manner.
  • Language skills (such as Farsi/Dari, Kiswahili, Arabic, Burmese or Russian) a plus.

This position reports to Senior Career Development Coordinator  

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Working Environment: 

  • The Career Programs Internship is fully remote.
  • San Diego Office hours are scheduled Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm PST. Selected interns can choose their hours based on this window of availability.
Standard of Professional Conduct:The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion:
The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.

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