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 Anti-Trafficking program provides trauma-informed and client-centered services to assist victims of trafficking. Services include meeting clients’ basic needs, ensuring clients’ safety and access to temporary and long term shelter as needed. Also, the program refers clients to pro bono legal services, mental health specialists and economic empowerment activities as needed.
- Assess clients’ needs and priorities and work with each client to create a service plan
- Assist the Anti-Trafficking caseworker in managing clients’ cases and maintaining case files
- Guide clients to various appointments including but not limited to: appointment with lawyers, law enforcement and medical appointments
- Engage in community mapping to identify and refer client to resources
- Advocate in the field for clients’ access to public services
- Engage in outreach activities to increase visibility of the program in the community
- Other responsibilities as assigned
- Intern will gain US field-office experience by interacting with and assisting victims of trafficking
- Intern will acquire detailed knowledge of IRC programs 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 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.
- A car or access to a car is highly desirable.
- Minimum 15-35 hour per week commitment for a period of 3 months.
Please apply directly online: https://rescue.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?site=1&id=5776
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.