Refugee 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 Refugee Casework team is the first point of contact for newly-arrived refugees. Caseworkers provide initial services to orient refugees to life in the US. These services include securing housing, addressing medical concerns, registering children in school, applying for Social Security cards and State IDs, and linking clients to our internal and mainstream services.


  • Assist case workers in managing clients’ cases and maintaining case files
  • Orient new clients on methods of public transportation
  • Assist clients with applications for Social Security cards and State IDs
  • Accompany 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
  • Update resources which are distributed by case managers to clients
  • Assist with other duties as assigned


  • Intern will gain US field-office experience interacting with and assisting asylees and refugees recently resettled in the US
  • 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 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: Dari, Spanish, French, Arabic, Amharic, Swahili, or Tigrinya.
  • A car or access to a car is highly desirable.
  • Minimum 15-35 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. Position will be posted until filled.

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.