Fall 2024: Microenterprise 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. The position is anticipated to start in August – September 2024.* 

IRC BACKGROUND:Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (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 programservices.InSanDiego,theIRC openeditsdoors in1975andhasgrowntoserveapproximately 7,000 refugee and immigrant individuals from 115 countries of origin each year through 5 different departments.

SCOPE OF INTERNSHIP The IRC in San Diego offers refugees the chance to become licensed in-home family service providers through its In-Home Childcare Licensing Program, a part of the Microenterprise Program. This comprehensive three-week program equips participants with the essential knowledge and skills to start and manage a family childcare business. Program Highlights:

  • Business Fundamentals: Training in bookkeeping, financial management, and marketing.
  • Licensing Process: Guidance on submitting the necessary documentation to obtain a childcare license.
  • Childcare Essentials: Education on health, nutrition, and other critical childcare topics.

The Microenterprise Program Intern will support the In-Home Childcare Licensing Program through both administrative and direct service tasks.


  • Assist in enrolling in-home childcare entrepreneurs into the program.

  • Support intake processes and provide assistance to walk-in clients.

  • Aid the business counselor in preparing applications for childcare licenses.

  • Conduct quality assurance tasks, including self-audits.

  • Monitor the childcare program by conducting follow-up assessments and gathering outcome data.

  • Enter data and track outcomes using the IRC’s Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) database and Neoserra.

  • Facilitate and coordinate training sessions.

  • Conduct outreach and participate in public events as needed.


  1. Gain insight into the implementation of a microenterprise program and the workings of serving in-home family childcare providers (FCP).
  2. Learn about the needs of refugee childcare entrepreneurs.

  3. Learn how microenterprise programs track outcomes and measure success.
  4. Learn effective communication strategies for engaging with diverse populations, including non-native English speakers.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Currently enrolled student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program or graduated within one year, preferably in a related discipline (business, economics, finance, social sciences or relevant degree).
  • Experience with both administrative work and direct service with diverse populations.
  • Excellent organization skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to effectively collaborate.
  • English fluency required, proficiency in a refugee language (Arabic, Farsi, Swahili) a plus.
  • Interest in community development and refugee support.

This position reports to the Microenterprise Program Supervisor.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Working Environment:

  • The Microenterprise Program Internship is in-person at the San Diego office or 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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