Refugee Resettlement, Cultural Orientation Internship

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BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. Every year, the IRC resettles thousands of refugees in 22 U.S. cities. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: All newly arrived refugees to IRC Oakland attend a series of Cultural Orientation (CO) classes. The Cultural Orientation Intern will be responsible for the logistics of CO classes as instructed by the Resettlement team each week. CO classes are targeted to adult refugees and class size or composition will vary. Additionally, the Cultural Orientation Intern will assist the Resettlement team to develop evaluation tools for all CO classes, including public transit trainings and/or additional relevant trainings based on population needs.

• 15 - 20 hours per week, to be completed in 2 or 3 full days during IRC’s regular business hours of 9 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday
• IRC is committed to working with student schedules. As such, we are flexible with accommodating time off for midterms and school holidays, and altering time availability with changing class schedules.


• Provide weekly logistical assistance for CO classes, including setting up the physical classroom space, preparing materials, and helping with documentation.
• Facilitate weekly CO classes in a multicultural setting.
• Develop and implement basic evaluation procedures for each CO class.
• For each training complete monitoring and evaluation forms to assess client understanding of (public transit) systems.
• Contact clients to provide reminders prior to each training session.
• Other relevant duties as assigned.


• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with partners, colleagues, and clients in a cross-cultural, team based environment.
• Experience teaching or training preferred.
• Excellent intercultural communication skills and experience working with diverse populations.
• Willingness to use public transit, including local bus and train service.
• Strong attention to detail and commitment to client confidentiality.


Required - Attention To Detail, Refugees, Cross-cultural Communication Skills, Active Team Player

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