Fall 2024: Survivor Advocacy Services 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*

BACKGROUND: 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 at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities.

SCOPE OFSURVIVOR ADVOCACY SERVICESINTERN WORK: In this internship, students will have the opportunity to contribute to the IRC’s Human Traffickingcase management program through community engagement and outreach as well as by supporting case management.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Based on intern skills and experience, responsibilities may include a combination of program support, administrative/data support, and direct service:

  • Update a comprehensive community service map.

  • Adapt service provider protocols for referrals.

  • Conduct outreach, including development of materials and presentations.

  • Network and develop community partnerships and collaborations with other service providers and law enforcement.

  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation of Human Trafficking case management, where they are asked to conduct screening, intake & follow up calls.

  • Support clients with learning how to use the public transportation system.

  • Support clients and accompany them to apply for public benefits or/and other appointments.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Interns will gain exposure to case management for survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes.

  • Interns will learn about services available for survivors of crime.

  • Interns will expand their experience providing culturally humble services.

  • Interns will have access to human trafficking and domestic violence training.

  • Interns will participate in weekly Safety & Wellness intern group supervision to enhance collaborative learning.

Minimum Qualifications:

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Education: Currently enrolled in an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s program in social work, women’s/gender studies, public health, business, communication, economics, finance, public policy, public administration, social sciences, or a related field.
  • Work Experience: Prior experience in case work, client services, or working with diverse immigration statuses is advantageous. Familiarity with refugee and asylee populations is beneficial but not mandatory.
  • Certificates or Licenses: Valid driver’s license and current insurance required.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong organizational and time-management abilities.
  • Proactive, motivated, and adaptable with a desire to learn and contribute.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions and complete tasks independently.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and attention to detail.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Farsi/Dari, Pashto, Arabic, Swahili, or Russian is highly desirable.

This position reports to the Senior Survivor Advocate.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Working Environment:

  • The Survivor Advocacy Services Internship is in-person at the San Diego office.
  • San Diego Office hours are scheduled Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm PST. Selected interns can choose their hours (10-20 hours per week) 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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