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Summer 2024: Women's Resilience Center Intern (Unpaid)

United States of America

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: United States of America
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: Closed

Requisition ID: req51042

Job Title: Summer 2024: Women's Resilience Center Intern (Unpaid)

Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: San Diego, CA USA

Work Arrangement: Hybrid

Job Description

*Please note: this is an unpaid internship. The position is anticipated to start in May 2024.* 

IRC IN SAN DIEGO BACKGROUND: Founded in 1933, the IRC is a leading organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression throughout the U.S. IRC in San Diego has resettled over 31,000 refugees to San Diego County over the past 48 years and provides numerous program services. In San Diego, the IRC opened its doors in 1975 and has grown to serve approximately 7,000 refugee and immigrant individuals from 115 countries of origin each year through 5 different departments. 

The Women's Resilience Center (WRC) is a safe, collaborative space where the diverse needs of all women+ are respected and where they can seek, share, and obtain information about their rights and their inherent potential for safety, health, education, economic wellbeing, and power. It is a responsive, creative space that engages women+ as co-creators and encourages expression, enhanced wellbeing, and community connectedness. (When we use the term women+, this includes women of all ages, all abilities, diverse ethnic and religious affiliation and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities.) 

SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: In this internship, students will have the opportunity to contribute to the WRC through community engagement and outreach, as well as by supporting the facilitation of programming. 


Based on intern skills and experience, responsibilities may include a combination of program support, administrative/data support, and direct service: 

  • Support with outreach to women+ in the IRC community about WRC programs
  • Co-facilitate orientations to new WRC members
  • Co-facilitate wellness workshops and presentations
  • Support our 'Safe Spaces' work to make the WRC a more inclusive place for women+
  • Collaborate with interns, staff, other departments at IRC, and community partners
  • Facilitate internal referrals to other IRC programs
  • Provide WRC members information about community resources
  • Conduct Summer Needs Assessment
  • Contribute to data monitoring and evaluation of WRC programs 


  • Intern will have the opportunity to enhance their facilitation skills
  • Intern will expand their experience providing healing-centered and culturally humble services
  • Intern will participate in weekly Safety & Wellness intern group supervision to enhance collaborative learning



  • Must be currently enrolled (or a recent graduate) in an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s program focused on Women’s/Gender Studies, Public Health, Social Work, Art Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy or a related field.
  • Must have driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organization and time-management skills
  • Proactive, motivated, and flexible; able to remain calm and adapt within a fast-paced, sometimes unpredictable work environment
  • Demonstrated success working and communicating with people of varied English-speaking abilities strongly preferred
  • Experience with direct service strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Pashto or Russian preferred
  • Time Commitment: 4 months, 16-20 hours per day

This position reports directly to the Women's Resilience Center Coordinator.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship opportunity. 

Working Environment:

  • The Women's Resilience Center Internship is in-person at the San Diego (El Cajon) office. Remote interns may be considered. 
  • San Diego Office hours are scheduled Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm PST. Selected interns can choose their hours (16-20 hours/week) based on this window of availability.  

Standard of Professional Conduct: The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality. 

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures. 

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