Asylee Casework 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 Casework team is the first point of contact for Asylee clients. Caseworkers provide 8 months of case management to Asylees. The services include providing monthly cash assistance, ensuring that clients apply for public benefits such medicaid, food stamps, ensuring that clients apply for social security and enrolled in health insurance. Case workers also ensure that clients have access to community resources and refer to ESL and other services based on their needs..


  • Assist case workers in managing clients’ cases and maintaining case files
  • Provide client orientation regarding the services we offer
  • Data entry and assisting with the cash assistance program
  • Guide clients with applications for Social Security cards, State IDs and Medicaid
  • Guide clients to various appointments including but not limited to: medical appointments, immunization appointments, ESL class enrollments, and school enrollments
  • Advocate in the field for clients’ access to public services
  • Perform on-going orientations on safety, health and hygiene, and financial literacy
  • Perform other task as needed


  • Intern will gain US field-office experience interacting with and assisting asylees clients
  • Intern will acquire detailed knowledge of programs (e.g. Matching Grant, Public/Private Partnership, etc.) and public benefits available for refugees and asylees during their resettlement period
  • Intern will learn reporting requirements for resettlement agencies and how to capture data to improve services
  • Intern will gain exposure to case work in the resettlement field


  • Current undergraduate, graduate student, or less than 12 months out of school*
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Organized with attention to detail
  • Creativity and initiative to follow through on projects
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • An interest in international and refugee/asylee issues
  • Interest in or experience working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Willingness to use public transportation with clients in order to orient clients to buses, etc
  • Fluency in one of the following languages is highly desirable: Spanish, French, Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Nepali, Swahili, Farsi or Tigrinya
  • A car or access to a car is highly desirable
  • Minimum 16-32 hour per week commitment for a period of 3 months.
How to apply:

Please apply directly online:

This internship is for the Fall of 2019. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of references with your application. Please also include your availability to intern in your cover letter.

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.