Fall 2024: Refugee Housing and Logistics 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 in-person position is anticipated to start in August – September 2024.* 

IRC IN SAN DIEGO 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 INTERN WORK: The Refugee Housing and Logistics Intern will be instrumental in helping newly arrived refugees who face significant barriers to housing to settle into new homes in San Diego by assisting with the entirety of the move in process. The intern will support the Housing and Logistics Team and refugee clients directly. The Resettlement Department consists of two programs; Reception & Placement, and Afghan Integration Resettlement Services. Interns work with clients from both programs.


  • Assisting with moves into permanent housing, such as:

  • Collection of donations

  • Transporting supplies and donations to clients

  • Setting up client apartments with furniture and supplies

  • Assisting the Housing Team with IRC-specific paperwork, such as:

  • Updating supply lists and safety forms

  • Inventory of supplies

  • Assisting with Housing procurement:

  • Research to identify potential new housing partners

  • Outreach to community partners and new housing partners

  • Developing guides and learning materials for client use (examples: rental assistance, resource mapping, local community guides, etc.)



  1. Become familiar with San Diego housing policies, the process of refugee resettlement, and essential steps of setting up new refugee families for success.  

  1. As part of our international network, learn about the refugee resettlement process from a national and global perspective.

  1. Recognize significant barriers to affordable housing and how to navigate negotiating fair rent and communicate professionally with landlords in San Diego.

  1. Learn about the refuge population in San Diego.

  1. Become familiar with the essential functions and organization of a non-profit office.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Must be currently enrolled student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program or graduated within one year, preferably studying fields such as Human Rights, International Relations, etc.
  • 1+ years related work or volunteer experience with a non-profit strongly preferred.
  • Must be a self-starter, enthusiastic, and possess a positive attitude.   
  • Excellent organization skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills, empathetic, and ability to effectively collaborate.
  • Ability to lift 30+ pounds.
  • Willingness to drive a moving van.
  • A strong interest in working with a diverse, low-income population is required.
  • Proactive, motivated and flexible; able to remain calm and adapt within a fast-paced work environment.
  • English fluency required. Language skills a plus (Farsi/Dari, Kiswahili, Arabic, or Russian strongly preferred).

This position reports to the Resettlement Supervisor, the Volunteer & Donations Specialist, and the Housing & Logistics Team. 

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Working Environment:

  • The Housing & Logistics Internship is in-person at the San Diego office.
  • San Diego Office hours are scheduled Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm PST.
  • Preferred schedule is 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at least two days a week

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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