Fall 2024: Immigration 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 September 2024.* 

IRC SAN DIEGO BACKGROUNDFounded 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 Intern will work with Immigration staff to assist with client cases. Intern will provide support for Immigration Legal Staff.


  • Enter data into Case Management Software (ETO).

  • Work directly with Immigration Staff to assist with case follow ups.

  • Conduct research projects to assist with cases.

  • Conduct research to assist with community outreach and other program development goals.

  • Conduct administrative projects to support casework




  • Intern will gain a deeper understanding of current U.S Immigration systems.

  • Intern will receive training and acquire knowledge of U.S Immigration application processes procedures, as well as eligibility requirements for various applications etc. 

  • Intern will develop research skills and ability to concisely summarize findings for workplace use.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Currently enrolled in an accredited Law School or Graduate Program; recently earned undergraduate degree. Prior volunteer experience with IRC Immigration preferred.
  • Attention to Detail
  • Ability to take direction (written and oral) and to complete tasks independently. 
    Must be punctual and dependable (regular attendance required); Minimum 15 hours per week.
  • Prior customer service experience and/or the ability to work well with others varied backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in a second language (especially Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Faris, French, Karen, Khmer, Kiswahili, Pashto, Spanish, Somali, Urdu, or Vietnamese.
  • No driving requirement. 

This position reports to the Senior Legal Representative .

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Working Environment:

  • The Immigration Internship can in-person at the San Diego office or hybrid.
  • 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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