Refugee Housing Internship

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Church World Service Greensboro
620 S. Elm Street, Suite 315
Greensboro, NC
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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Organization: Church World Service Greensboro Immigration and Refugee Program (CWS)
Internship Title: Refugee Housing Intern
Experience/Background: Volunteer/work experience at nonprofit agency preferred
Volunteer Position Location: Greensboro, NC

Commitment: Must be able to commit to one full day a week (usually 8 hours) for 4 months. In addition, you must commit to 1-2 more hours a week planning and meeting with staff members.

Organization Description:
Church World Service opened its doors in Greensboro in March 2009 to provide support and services to help newly arrived refugees build lives in peace and dignity in Guilford County. Partnering with more than 150 volunteers and faith communities, CWS provides basic needs and emergency assistance, integration and referral services, and job preparation and placement support to ensure that refugees have the tools they need to become self-sufficient as quickly as possible.

Intern Job Description:
The Refugee Housing intern will have the opportunity to learn and experience in the areas of research and development, community awareness, maintaining databases, housing systems, comparative analysis, management, volunteer supervision, and overall understanding of how a refugee resettlement agency works. They will work primarily with the Furniture Coordinator, but will have some interaction with other staff members.


Daily Responsibilities:
• Weekly check in with Furniture Coordinator for list of learning goals/assignments
• Overseeing furniture moves and helping coordinate with the tools provided
• Help keep a running account of items in storage/and donations received

Short Term Projects:
• Brainstorm/research solutions to ongoing difficulties with job
• Help plan and coordinate moves in advance with the Elizabeth Swing
• Advertise for and help coordinate furniture drives with various community organizations

Long Term Projects:
• Research and compile database in conjunction with Elizabeth Swing that assesses the best sourcing options for each household item.
• Aid in creating a more functional and flexible system in conjunction with Stephanie Adams that continually sources the best housing options for our clients
• Help source better options for a storage facility


Interns need to be adults (ages 20+), consent to and pass a background screening, attend a training session before intern position begins. They should be professional, punctual, and prepared for all pre-arranged meetings and events. Interns should have a strong handle of the English language, be a quick learner, and be comfortable in new environments. The Refugee Housing intern will also need to be able to learn how to drive a 14 ft. rental truck.

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