Workforce Development 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 Economic Empowerment program assists refugees to become economically self-sufficient by providing workforce development services including early employment and career development support. Early employment places recently arrived refugees in their first job; 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, promoting client self-sufficiency.


  • Provide direct services to refugee job seekers. Create resumes and cover letters, apply for jobs, prepare for interviews and complete family budgets. Coach participants so they can complete these tasks independently in the future
  • Provide group and individual trainings aimed at workforce integration
  • With IRC employment specialists, implement and monitor performance on one or more workforce development grants
  • With IRC employment specialists, develop employer partnerships through research and targeted outreach
  • Maintain organized program files and spreadsheets
  • Support the economic empowerment team in creating or compiling resources such as career pathway documents, participant guides, etc
  • Other duties as identified by Employment Specialists


  • Intern will learn to create effective resumes and cover letters
  • Intern will learn to communicate effectively with clients across cultures and with interpreters
  • Intern will learn individual coaching techniques to engage and empower adults
  • Intern will learn effective outreach strategies for building strategic relationships


  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including cross-cultural communicative skills
  • Works well in a fast-paced environment and adapts quickly to change
  • Strong interest in refugee and asylee issues as well as in workforce development
  • Language skills in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, French, Kinyarwanda, Spanish or Swahili are a plus
  • Three month minimum. Required 15+ hours/week. Preferred 24+ hours/week
  • Preference to current students and recent graduates*

*Note: 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.

How to apply:

Please apply directly online:

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 position is for the Fall 2019 semester and requires a 3 month commitment. The internship will be posted until filled.