Fall 2024: Citizenship Education Program 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. This in-person position is anticipated to start in August – September 2024.* 

IRC BACKGROUND: Founded in 1933, the IRC is a leading organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression throughout the U.S. IRC in San Diego has resettled over 31,000 refugees to San Diego County over the past 48 years and provides numerous program services. In San Diego, the IRC opened its doors in 1975 and has grown to serve approximately 7,000 refugee and immigrant individuals from 115 countries of origin each year through 5 different departments.

SCOPE OF INTERNSHIP: Citizenship Education Program Interns work with the Citizenship Instructor to run the Citizenship Test Preparation Courses offered to Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs). These courses prepare LPRs for the civics and English portions of the U.S. Citizenship test, teaching students basics language skills and civics knowledge to help them participate fully in their lives as American citizens.


  • Assist instructor in outreach actions to recruit new students

  • Input data (student data and test results) into various databases

  • Prepare materials, lead break-out sessions with students and assist in classroom activities


  • Interns will gain skills in managing and implementing a Citizenship Education program

  • Interns will gain familiarity in cross-cultural communication and teaching English and civics to speakers of other languages

  • Interns will gain knowledge in the process of naturalization

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Must be currently enrolled student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program or graduated within one year
  • Minimum of 2 years of post-secondary education is preferred but not required
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding client information
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English; Punctual and reliable
  • Strong intercultural skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds
  • Strong computer skills
  • Knowledge of Arabic or Farsi/Dari is preferred but not required
  • Willing to work at both City Heights and El Cajon offices 

This position reports to the Citizenship Instructor.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Working Environment:

  • The Citizenship Education Program internship is in-person at the San Diego City Heights office.
  • 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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