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Summer 2024 Employment Specialist Intern

New York City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Labour Market Policy
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-24

Requisition ID: req46137

Job Title: Summer 2024 Employment Specialist Intern

Sector: Employment

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Compensation: USD 0.00 - 0.00 Hourly

Location: New York RAI

Work Arrangement: In-person

Job Description

TITLE: Employment Specialist Intern
START DATE: Jan.24.2024 - Jun.24.2024
DURATION:  2-five-hour days in-person,15-24 hours per week

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 29 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The Employment Specialist intern is an intern position to support the IRC in NY’s early employment programs. This program aims to support IRC clients to establish in reaching employment and career goals they have set for themselves. The IRC’s federal and state employment programs provide job readiness training (JRT), job counseling, and job placement services for newly arrived refugees and asylees beginning their careers in the US.

The employment specialist intern will support the program by enrolling clients in the early employment program, assisting them in developing employment goals, and identifying opportunities related to these goals. The intern will also assist in developing research that will support the building of relationships with employers and assist them in the development of employment opportunities. The intern will also provide job readiness tools to participants. The ideal candidates will have prior experience in the field of job development or job readiness programming.

The intern will learn how to effectively manage employment programs across a wide network.
The intern will learn how to provide direct services to immigrant populations.
The intern will learn how to develop relationships with partners and employers.


  • Provide one-on-one job coaching and counseling for clients.
  • Assist clients in developing resumes, and cover letters, and preparing for interviews.
  • Conduct enrollment and intakes and surveys for all clients.
  • Track client meetings and progress in a spreadsheet and through case notes on ETO software.
  • Research employment and vocational training opportunities in NYC.
  • Maintain database of clients and employers for program staff.
  • Assist in the facilitation of Job Readiness Training via WhatsApp and Zoom.
  • Work in conjunction with the IRC Employment Specialists to develop relationships with employers/businesses and organizations providing workforce services in NYC.
  • Communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
  • Collaborate with other IRC in NY programs as necessary.
  • Adhere to IRC policies, particularly those related to confidentiality and client privacy.


Please note that this position is UNPAID. 



  • The ideal candidate will have experience in job readiness and coaching.
  • Experience working with immigrants or refugees in a social service setting
  • Must have good written and verbal English language skills
  • Must be willing to work varied hours
  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Access and Word, E-mail)
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Adhere to professional standards of confidentiality and boundary-setting

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