Career Development Program 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 Economic Empowerment program assists refugees to become economically self-sufficient. The team provides early employment and career development services. Career development assists employed clients in securing job upgrades that improve economic conditions and align with career history and/or career objectives. The intern will work closely with the Economic Empowerment team, in the career development team, promoting client self-sufficiency and encouraging clients to work towards their original careers and reaching their long term career goals. The intern will assist by developing training curricula, updating workshops to fit clients’ interests, and teaching clients the skills on how to get their long term employment goals in a classroom setting.


  • Work directly with IRC Employment Specialists to implement and monitor performance on the Career Development Program/Targeted Assistance Program
  • Teach Advanced Job Readiness Trainings, in the following classes: introduction to career development, business writing, networking, interviewing preparation, and financial literacy
  • Counsel and guide clients through the process of working towards achieving long term career goals which include: individualized trainings, one-on-one job application assistance, etc
  • Provide group and individual trainings aimed at successful workforce integration
  • Work with employment specialists to develop training material, recruiting guest speakers, and to help with organizing the services directed to clients
  • Provide direct services to refugee clients including creating resumes, cover letters, and job applications as needed
  • Accompany clients to job preparation activities and interviews, coaching clients so they can attend these events independently in the future
  • Support the economic empowerment team in creating career path documents that will guide future refugees with a specific career objective
  • Advocate for clients’ rights in the labor market by providing references for clients and meeting with employers to educate them about the benefits of hiring IRC clients
  • Other duties as identified by Employment Specialists

Learning Objectives:

  • Intern will learn to create effective professional and job level specific resumes and cover letters to benefit the intern’s own professional development
  • Intern will learn how to cater curricula to fit federal guidelines while being innovative
  • Intern will learn to communicate effectively with clients across cultures and with interpreters
  • Intern will learn individual coaching techniques to engage and empower a vulnerable population
  • Intern will learn effective outreach strategies for building strategic relationships
  • Intern will learn how to adapt training curriculum to clients’ needs and how to teach necessary life skills and professional development in a group setting
  • Intern will learn about how to successfully and appropriately advocate for clients’ rights and needs across partnerships and the labor market
  • Intern will learn about networking, financial literacy, and how to obtain a professional job
  • Intern will learn how to implement program safeguards to protect domestic violence survivors, vulnerable population, and to empower women


  • Self-motivated; able to work independently
  • Ability to collaborate with fellow interns to create/teach trainings. This is a team focused internship, so friendly, motivated, and team spirited qualities are needed
  • Excellent communication and writing skills; including cross-cultural communicative skills
  • Works well in a fast-paced environment and adapts quickly to change
  • Confident in public speaking, or interest to develop these skills
  • Strong interest in refugee and asylee issues as well as in workforce development
  • Language skills in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, French, Kinyarwanda, Spanish, Hindi, or Swahili are a plus
  • Three month minimum. Required 20+ hours/week. Preferred 35+ hours/week.
  • Preference to current students and recent graduates.*
How to apply:

Please apply directly online:

This position is for the Fall 2019 requires a minimum commitment of 3 months.

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

*This is an unpaid internship. School credit may be received depending on your program and institution.

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