International Rescue Committee (IRC), based in Phoenix, is a leading, non-sectarian, non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. 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. This is a UNPAID internship but eligible for Federal work-study. The company has asked that the intern work 10-25 hours per week for a minimum 3 month commitment.
All newly arrived refugees to IRC Phoenix attend a series of Cultural Orientation (CO) classes. The Cultural Orientation intern will be responsible for teaching CO classes as supervised by the Case Work Supervisor. CO classes are targeted to adult refugees and class size or composition will vary. Additionally, the Cultural Orientation intern will assess client learning and may provide additional training including public transit trainings in cooperation with public transit volunteers or interns.
Applicants must be continuing EMCC students and have a minimum of 2.5 G.P.A or a recommendation from your SWSC instructor. If you would like assistance in preparing the required materials; cover letter, application and resume or in preparing for an interview, please contact the Career Center at 623.935.8740.
- Train newly arrived refugees on basic life and adjustment skills during twice weekly Cultural Orientation classes;
- Assess client learning using established evaluation tools and CO objectives;
- Provide logistical support for all CO classes, including coordinating training schedules for clients and maintaining CO materials;
- Provide public transit trainings to newly arrived refugees if needed while working with public transit interns or volunteers;
- Report weekly to the Case Work Supervisor concerning clients and classes;
- Other relevant duties as assigned.
- Experience teaching or training adults, at least 1 year of training experience preferred.
- Excellent intercultural communication skills and experience working with diverse populations.
- Availability on Monday and Wednesday afternoons required.
- Willingness to work as part of a team.
- Must have access to reliable transportation or own vehicle.