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Adult Education (Paid) Intern


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Elizabeth
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2024-08-01

Requisition ID: req51336

Job Title: Adult Education (Paid) Intern

Sector: Education

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Part-Time

Compensation: USD 0.00 - 0.00 Hourly

Location: Elizabeth, NJ USA

Work Arrangement: Hybrid

Job Description

TITLE: Adult Education Intern
Start Date: Summer 2024
Duration: 10 weeks; May-August 2024
Compensation: Paid Internship
Location: Elizabeth, NJ
POSITION REPORTS TO: Adult Education Coordinator

Hiring decisions for IRC's Summer 2024 Paid Internship opportunities will be made by 4/30/24. If you are applying or have applied after Friday 4/19/24, we cannot guarantee that you will be considered as a candidate.

BACKGROUND: International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, the IRC provides resettlement, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.

SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: The Adult Education Intern assists newly arrived refugee clients in a multi-level and culturally diverse English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classroom to gain English literacy and comprehension skills. This intern will also assist in supporting logistics for cultural orientation (CO) classes, where newly arrived refugee clients gain an understanding of community resources and expectations for the resettlement period.

Cultural Orientation (CO)

  • Provide logistical assistance for remote CO sessions, including scheduling CO sessions with clients, technical support, preparing materials, and helping with documentation, among other tasks.
  • Provide logistical assistance for onsite CO classes, including scheduling CO sessions with clients, setting up the physical classroom space, preparing materials, ordering lunch, and helping with documentation, among other tasks.
  • Contact clients and provide reminders before each CO class.
  • After CO, conduct and document assessments with each client to assess their understanding of cultural orientation content.
  • After CO, provide resources and information requested by the clients.
  • Facilitate CO classes in one-on-one and group settings as needed in English or other languages with interpreters.


  • Interns will learn about refugee resettlement and refugee social services.
  • Interns will develop administrative, digital literacy, and presentation skills.
  • Interns will learn how to interact with multicultural and limited English-speaking clients.
  • Interns will learn about the various management responsibilities of a complex educational program.
  • Interns will learn to coordinate and communicate with stakeholders to plan and implement educational workshops and special events.
  • Interns will learn to work with a diverse staff


Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current NJ undergraduate student
  • Current NJ Graduate student
  • Recent NJ College Graduate: must have graduated less than one year prior to start of the internship experience (May 2023-May 2024 graduates)
  • A current undergraduate student who is a permanent NJ resident-these candidates will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for eligibility and there will be a limited amount of funding allotted for students meeting this criteria.
  • Selected interns are required to serve for 10 weeks between May to August 2024


  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate or degree is strongly preferred.
  • Must convey confidence, have effective communication skills, and exhibit excellent attention to detail.
  • Desired languages but not required: Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Pashto, or Kiswahili.
  • Strong desire to help refugees rebuild their lives in New Jersey.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Patience, understanding, flexibility, and an unceasingly positive attitude.
  • Willing to learn about IRC history, philosophy, global work, and local efforts.
  • Willing to adhere to IRC volunteer and workplace policies.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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