Youth Development Intern

from International Rescue Committee
Closing date: 31 Dec 2019

BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 26 offices across the U.S. ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing, and work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency.


The IRC’s Refugee School Impact Programs work to support the integration and holistic wellbeing of middle and high school aged students who hold a humanitarian immigration status (Refugee, Asylee, SIV, CAM, VOT). Throughout the year, students participate in After School Programs, Saturday Learning Series, Spring Break Camps, Community Service Projects, Field Trips, Employment Workshops, and a Summer Academy, each designed to address challenges identified by our clients. The overall goals of the Refugee School Impact Programs are to reinforce a sense of belonging and security within schools and surrounding communities, build students’ confidence in their English and academic abilities, and help student develop graduation and career plans tailored to their unique interests and skills.


· Support the implementation of the various programs happening throughout the school year

· Assist Out of School Specialist in developing teaching content and curricula for the programs

· Conduct home visits with newly arriving and/or newly referred families

· Assist with program logistics, including: setting up program space, contacting participants, maintaining attendance records, and administering pre- and post- program evaluation surveys

· Solicit local companies and organizations for donations of services and/or goods

· Provide feedback to Out of School Specialist on ease and effectiveness of existing curriculum, and work with Out of School Specialist to revise and/or expand curriculum as needed.

· Other related responsibilities as assigned


  1. Interns will learn about the challenges and barriers humanitarian immigrant students often encounter while integrating into U.S. schools. Interns will also focus on identifying and working to capitalize on the unique strengths and benefits that these students bring to our communities
  2. Interns will gain curriculum development experience and skills including: defining learning objectives, identifying and developing effective classroom teaching methods for multicultural, multilingual students, and implementing assessment tools
  3. Interns will gain experience working and teaching in multicultural environments
  4. Interns will learn about the US refugee resettlement system and services and benefits available to refugees and asylees in the State of Maryland and across the US


· Education majors preferred, however all are encouraged to apply

· Experience working with youth required

· Experience or demonstrated interest in education and training, preferably in a refugee or multicultural context

· Demonstrated dedication to youth facing adversity

· Ability to communicate and work effectively as a team member in a multicultural environment

· Creativity, initiative to follow through on projects, and ability to work independently

· Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout the service delivery area preferred

· Available at least 2 days a week from (10:00-6:00pm) or 3 days a week from (1:00-6:00pm). Must be available one Saturday a month.

This position reports to the Out of School Specialist.

IRC leading the way From Harm To Home.

How to apply:

Please apply directly online:

This position reports to the Out of School Specialist.

IRC leading the way From Harm To Home.

This position is for the Fall 2019 semester and requires a 3 month commitment. The internship will be posted until filled. Looking for interns with the following availability: January - May.**

Please include your resume, a cover letter, a list of references, and your tentative availability (including start date and weekly schedule) with your application.

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.