New Roots Intern

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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. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 21,000 refugees from nearly 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 800 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 1,500 refugees and asylees.

SCOPE OF NEW ROOTS INTERN WORK: The New Roots intern reports directly to the New Roots Program Coordinator and supports efforts under IRC’s New Roots program. New Roots focuses on bringing refugees together to build connections with their new homes through nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and community gardening. The New Roots program in Atlanta is currently developing a school garden at Clarkston High School, including a Youth Food Justice summer camp and internship program. New Roots is also expanding its urban and community gardening program, which includes an active community garden at North Dekalb Mall.


• Assist with educational programs and workshops at Clarkston High School garden and perform outdoor maintenance as needed
• Support preparation and implementation of an 8-week youth summer camp in June and July
• Assist New Roots Program Coordinator with outreach, press releases, articles, and events related to Clarkston High School garden
• Work with faculty and students at Clarkston High School to create and promote a school Garden Club


• Strong interest in working with international clients
• Proven ability to work with consideration and respect for cross-cultural differences
• Excellent communication and project management skills
• Ability to work independently and take initiative
• Interest or experience in working with high-school-aged youth
• Some knowledge and experience in vegetable growing and ability to lift up to 50 pounds.


• Interns must be able to work at least 15 hours a week
• Internship is from February to August
• Some weekend and/or evening hours in addition to regular business hours will be required

For more information or to apply, please contact Hayat Nawd, Volunteer & External Relations Coordinator, at or 678-636-8928. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at

(US applicants only)

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