Fall 2024: Youth Development 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 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:IRC San Diego has operated Youth Programs in San Diego County since 1996, helping more than 300 refugee youth every year successfully stay in school, graduate, and transition to college or a career. The Youth Department’s focus is on newly arrived refugee and immigrant youth who may have experienced trauma and continue to navigate a great deal of stress through the process of acculturation and language acquisition. Throughout the year, IRC’s Youth Department facilitates a variety of programs to support students academically in school and with the development of social emotional assets. Youth Development Interns will support all programing at one of four school sites or clusters: Hoover High School, Crawford High School, El Cajon Valley High School, and Grossmont High School. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:Youth Development Interns will be assigned to one of five positions depending on interest, skillset, and availability. All interns will be responsible for supporting school-based programming for semester two of the 2023-2024 academic year. Interns will assist Youth Program Department staff with academic tutoring, in-class support, student outreach, program development, program implementation, administration, and field trip support as relevant. All Youth Program Department work is focused on the development of academic skills, using a Social Emotional Learning lens. Interns will learn how to facilitate academic programming in a trauma informed, culturally responsive manner; and learn how to cultivate an equitable, welcoming environment. Interns are expected to work 1:1 or with small groups of students to guide learning and academic growth. Interns may be asked to support additional programming including Higher Education Financial Aid workshops and family engagement programs.


  1. Interns will assist in implementing weekly after-school tutoring to support academic growth in a variety of subjects.
  2. Interns will learn how to coordinate engaging, skill-building leadership activities for high school students using trauma-informed and culturally/linguistically responsive practices.
  3. Intern will be able to provide basic program management support including but not limited to outreach and recruitment, intake, data entry, lesson planning and group program facilitation.
  4. Interns will be able to provide academic support tailored to the needs of English Language Learners.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Must be currently enrolled student in an undergraduate or graduate degree program or graduated within one year
  • Must be living in San Diego, CA, and comfortable working in person 
  • Must have reliable transportation 
  • Must have availability Tuesday or Wednesday between the hours of 9am – 3pm, or Wednesday and Thursday between the hours of 2pm and 6pm. Schedule will vary by program site. 
  • Experience working with youth, refugees and/or English Language Learners ages 11-18 a plus 
  • Experience working in a diverse, multi-cultural setting a plus 
  • Able to commit 10-15 hours per week ideally through the entire academic year.
  • Bilingual or multilingual strongly preferred in Pashto, Farsi/Dari, Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, Haitian Creole, or other common refugee languages. 

This position reports to the Senior Youth Program Specialist.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

Working Environment: The IRC Youth Department provides a collaborative and diverse work environment, offering interns valuable insights into refugee and immigrant issues while supporting systems that help these communities thrive. Interns have the flexibility to work in a hybrid model, with administrative tasks performed remotely. This internship fosters creativity and leadership, encouraging interns to think innovatively and contribute new ideas. The pace of work varies based on weekly activities at school sites, making adaptability and time-management essential for success in this role.

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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