Cultural Orientation 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.

SCOPE OF WORK: The Cultural Orientation (CO) program provides training to newly arrived refugees on a variety of important topics, such as US laws, financial literacy, public transportation, personal safety, housing issues, employment, immigration, cultural adjustment, and the US healthcare system. These trainings are offered in a classroom setting and follow an interactive, participant-centered curriculum. All sessions are conducted in participants’ native languages through the use of in-person interpreters. The Cultural Orientation Intern will assist the Cultural Orientation Coordinator in administering the CO program, developing materials, and delivering content in order to aid refugees on their journey towards self-sufficiency.


· Lead Cultural Orientation sessions in the classroom as directed by the CO Coordinator

· Support CO Coordinator in updating the CO curriculum and developing differentiated lessons for clients with varying experiences and educational backgrounds

· Create teaching materials and handouts to help refugees understand and navigate their new surroundings

· Assist with program logistics, such as setting up the classroom, preparing materials, contacting participants, maintaining records, and administering assessments

· Deliver one-to-one Cultural Orientation sessions in clients’ homes as needed

· Other duties as assigned


  1. Intern will gain experience with teaching, curriculum development, program administration, and assessment

  2. Intern will build public speaking skills, learn the art of working with an interpreter, and increase their intercultural competence

  3. Intern will learn about the US refugee resettlement process and educational methods that promote community integration and self-sufficiency


· Demonstrated interest in education, ideally in a cross-cultural context

· Organized and flexible with strong attention to detail

· Strong writing, editing, and verbal communication skills

· Ability to work independently or as a member of a team

· Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

How to apply:

Please apply directly online:

This position is for the Fall 2019 semester, and priority will be given to applicants who can intern/ volunteer through May. Please include a resume, cover letter, and list of references. Please add your availability to intern in your cover letter.

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, and who are not within 12 months of their graduation, will be processed as volunteers.