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405 14th Street, Suite 1415
Posted: September 02 2015
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DescriptionBackground: 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.
Overview: The IRC’s ICM Program serves refugees with complex medical cases resettled by the IRC Oakland office. Significant portions of newly arrived clients are considered medically vulnerable, whose complex medical conditions have been compounded by living conditions overseas and are further exacerbated by systemic barriers to accessing healthcare in the U.S. The goal of the program is to reduce healthcare disparities for medically vulnerable clients by connecting them to needed treatment, education, resources, and psychosocial support. The ICM program focuses on the following populations: children and adults with serious medical conditions and mental health needs, clients affected by gender-based violence, Congolese refugees, LGBTI refugees and single mothers.
ResponsibilitiesInternship Objective: To provide holistic and comprehensive case management services to all clients who are enrolled in the ICM program including clinic/hospital accompaniment, progress monitoring, advocacy, and referrals.
Requirements• Current student or recent graduate
• Knowledge of public benefits and community resources (e.g. health, housing, employment, education, etc.) in and around Alameda County preferred, but not required
• Experience working with refugees, asylees, high-risk populations or persons in crisis
• Flexibility to work in a fast-paced, culturally-diverse environment with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate
• Speaking one of the following languages is a big plus: Tamil, Nepali, Swahili, Tigrinya, Somali, Dari, or Arabic
• Available for at least 15-20 hours during the weekdays (M-F) between 9am and 4pm for at least 4 months