Immigration 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: IRC's Immigration Department in Silver Spring, Maryland, provides high quality, low-cost immigration services, including filing applications for adjustment of status (i.e., green cards), work Authorization, naturalization, and family reunification for refugees, asylees, and Victims of Trafficking immigrants and other immigrants.


  • Responsible to go through client immigration documents and assist clients about requirements for consultation and application sessions
  • Answer client questions regarding immigration services, and when necessary refer clients to the appropriate IRC staff member
  • Research on immigration issues, polices and program
  • Promote the IRC’s immigration department through online and local networks
  • Build partnerships with local agencies to improve system of providing immigration services
  • General administrative support includes tracking, filing, and mailing relevant documents applications, and notices of action
  • Under the guidance of the supervising immigration Services Coordinator, assist in putting client information updates in Immigrant PRO database
  • Assist clients with document translation, authentication, presentation and completion
  • Provide special assistance to clients with particular needs

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain Exposure to local refugee and asylee community
  • Understand the various immigration processes and procedures refugees and asylees encounter
  • Gain understanding of online databases such as Immigrant PRO
  • Experience working in a multicultural office environment


  • Working towards a college degree related to international relief, humanitarian work or refugee law related subjects. Must be current student or within 12 months of schooling*
  • Passion to work with diverse and limited-English speaking refugees
  • Interest and/or work experience on U.S Immigration law (Prior experience in immigration is a plus)
  • Excellent research, language, data base management and record keeping skills
  • Preference given to candidates who speak Spanish and/or French
How to apply:

Please apply directly online:

This position is for the Fall semester requires a minimum commitment of 3 months and at least 18-20 hours a week. Position will remain posted until filled.

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

*Applicants applying not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and outside of 12 months from graduation are still welcome to apply. Applicants will be processed as volunteers.

Please include your resume, a cover letter, a list of references, and your tentative availability with your application. Please include your availability in your cover letter.