School Specialist Internship

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International Rescue Committee
2305 Parklake Drive, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: Part-time, Unpaid

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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.

This internship is located within Resettlement Services, which provides the first point of contact for newly arrived refugees and offers support, guidance and counseling though all stages of resettlement. In particular, this internship directly supports the School Specialist in being a crucial bridge between newly arrived refugee families and local schools, ensuring that each child gains access to education and has a positive start to their academic journey in the U.S.


• Communicating information to families on such topics as school attendance, behavior, hygiene, academics, and parent involvement
• Communicating information to schools
• Coordinating transportation for children and families
• Assisting to reduce communication barriers
• Maintaining tracking systems for student information and school progress
• Assisting clients to navigate higher education options
• Providing general support to the School Specialist

For more information or to apply, please contact Jessica Seales, Volunteer Coordinator, at or 678-636-8928. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at


• Strong computer skills, particularly MS Office suite and databases
• Flexibility and strong organizational skills with an ability to work independently
• Strong telephone etiquette and verbal communication skills
• Comfort with working in a cross-cultural environment
• Must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle, and be able to transport clients

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