Logistics Intern

from International Rescue Committee
Closing date: 31 Dec 2019

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading non-sectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The Suburban Washington Refugee Center, where the IRC’s Silver Spring resettlement office is located, has resettled more than 2,000 new refugee arrivals, providing them a fresh start and opportunities to use their greatest resources—their motivation, their skills and their experiences—to become independent and self-sufficient new Americans. Currently, the IRC Silver Spring resettles and/or provides assistance to over 700 refugees and asylees each year.

SCOPE OF WORK: The Logistics Intern is needed to assist the Logistics Specialist at the IRC Silver Spring Office. The primary responsibility of the Logistics Specialist is preparing for the arrival of new refugees by assuring safe, sanitary, and furnished housing is secured for each new family. This position will entail approximately half of the internship in the field and half inside the office.


  • Assist in the field with furnishing new homes and transporting donations as needed
  • Assist with electronic entry of client data and expenses
  • Assist with physical case file management
  • Assist with tracking and valuing donations
  • Assist in research of new housing partners
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Intern will learn how housing is secured and prepared for newly arriving refugees
  • Intern will acquire knowledge of programs and public benefits available for refugees during their resettlement period
  • Intern will gain US office experience interacting with a diverse staff and refugee population
  • Intern will gain experience managing physical and electronic filing systems
  • Intern will learn reporting requirements for resettlement agencies and how capturing this data improves services


  • Current undergraduate, graduate student, or less than 12 months out of school*
  • 20+ hours per week preferred, with a minimum time commitment of 15 hours per week and a minimum of 2 working days per week
  • Organized with utmost attention to detail
  • Computer literate with the ability to learn new software and tasks
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience or interest working with refugee and humanitarian issues
  • Able and willing to lift and carry up to approximately 50 pounds (E.g., carrying half of a couch during apartment setup) is preferred, but not required
  • A car or access to a car is preferred, but not required
How to apply:

Please apply directly online: https://rescue.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=1&id=5771

This position is for the Fall of 2019 and requires a minimum commitment of 3 months. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of references with your application. Please also include your availability in your cover letter. Position will remain posted until filled.

Note: This is an unpaid internship; school credit may be received depending on your program and institution.

*Candidates applying not currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or not within 12 months of graduation will be processed as volunteers.