Careers at the IRC

From emergency response through post-conflict development work, in a great variety of roles around the world, the International Rescue Committee’s 8,000-plus staff is a force for humanity and hope. If you’re skilled and passionate, we’d like to add your energy to ours.

Careers at the IRC are as wide-ranging and far-reaching as our work. Encouraging staff development through promotion, transfer and rehire, the IRC nurtures long-term career paths and helps employees grow within the organization.

At any given moment, on any given day, all around the world, IRC staff members are restlessly and effectively working for the sake of the most vulnerable among us—to restore and renew hope, dignity and freedom.

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Housing Support Intern

Sector: Logistics    
Location: US - MD - Baltimore    
Employee Type: Intern    
Employee Category: Full Time    

Description

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 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. Domestically, our 22 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:

Meeting refugees housing needs are a critical part of their resettlement process in the United States. Refugees’ housing situation affects their ability to be employed, their access to public services, and integration with the community. The Intern will support the Logistics Coordinator in planning and delivering essential housing program activities, including outreach, home visits and workshops for refugee and asylee clients.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Preparing for refugees’ arrival in the U.S.
  • Preparing apartments for arrival (including shopping for household necessities, aiding in arranging furniture).
  • Mediating between landlords and refugees/asylees.
  • Conduct occasional visits to refugees’ homes.
  • Arrange store/donor delivery.
  • Research on in-kind donations.
  • Assist in the organization and long term projects for the advancement of the Case Management Department.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Gain intimate knowledge of refugee arrival process
  2. Utilize communication and organizational skills in working with different departments/reaching out to clients, external partners, and donors
  3. Gain experience working in a diverse and multicultural environment

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Energetic, empathetic, organized and ready to do a variety of jobs.
  • Creative and willing to assist with long-term projects.
  • Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle


TIME COMMITMENT:

  • Summer interns are required to work at least 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for the entire summer.  Interns who can intern full-time (40 hours a week) are strongly preferred.
  • Fall and Spring interns are required to work at least 15 hours per week, Monday through Friday, for a minimum of 12 weeks in the Fall and Spring

 

Reports to:                           Mr. Steven Bergbauer- Logistics Coordinator

Position:                                Unpaid Internship

Updated:              3/4/2015

Please apply using our online system.  You can also prioritize your application by sending your resume, cover letter, and contact info for 2 references directly to the Volunteer Coordinator Kafiya.ismail@rescue.org with the following information listed in the cover letter:

-projected start/end date (noting that we have a 3-month minimum for our internships)

-days and number of hours of availability during the work week (for example: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9am-5pm)

-whether or not you would have access to a car in which you would be willing to drive with the refugees and asylees we serve to access social services

We look forward to reviewing your application!

IRC leading the way From Harm To Home.

IRC leading the way from harm to home. 

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

   



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