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Immigration Intern - Spring 2020

silver spring, md usa

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: silver spring, md usa
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Migration
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req6833

Job Title: Immigration Intern - Spring 2020

Sector: Social Work

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Location: Silver Spring, MD USA

Job Description

Background: Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a leading non-sectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection, and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict.  The Suburban Washington Refugee Center, where the IRC’s Silver Spring resettlement office is located, has resettled more than 2,000 new refugee arrivals, providing them a fresh start and opportunities to use their greatest resources—their motivation, their skills and their experiences—to become independent and self-sufficient new Americans.  Currently, the IRC Silver Spring resettles and/or provides assistance to over 500 refugees and asylees each year.

Scope of work:  IRC's Immigration Department in Silver Spring, Maryland, provides high quality, low-cost immigration services, including filing applications for adjustment of status (i.e., green cards), work Authorization, naturalization, and family reunification for refugees, asylees, and Victims of Trafficking immigrants and other immigrants.


  • Responsible to go through client immigration documents and assist clients about requirements for consultation and application sessions
  • Answer client questions regarding immigration services, and when necessary refer clients to the appropriate IRC staff member
  • Research on immigration issues, polices and program
  • Promote the IRC’s immigration department through online and local networks.
  • Build partnerships with local agencies to improve system of providing immigration services
  • General administrative support includes tracking, filing, and mailing relevant documents applications, and notices of action
  • Under the guidance of the supervising immigration Services Manager, assist in putting client information updates in Immigrant PRO database
  • Assist clients with document translation, authentication, presentation and completion
  •  Provide special assistance to clients with particular needs

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain Exposure to local refugee and asylee community.
  • Understand the various immigration processes and procedures refugees and asylees encounter.
  • Gain understanding of online databases such as Immigrant PRO
  • Experience working in a multicultural office environment


  • Working towards a college degree related to international relief, humanitarian work or refugee law related subjects. Must be current student or within 12 months of schooling.* 
  • Passion to work with diverse and limited-English speaking refugees.
  • Interest and/or work experience on U.S Immigration law and outreach knowledge (Prior experience in immigration is a plus).
  • Excellent research, language, data base management and record keeping skills.


Click Apply Now at the top of this page. Please attach a resume and cover letter to your application. Please also include your availability to intern in your cover letter. This position is filled on a rolling basis.

We currently offer internships during the following semesters:

·Spring: January – May

·Summer: May – August

·Fall: September – December

Internships are typically posted 2-3 months prior to the anticipated start date. 

This position is for spring 2020 and requires a minimum commitment of 3 months and at least 18-20 hours a week.

Note: This is an unpaid internship; school credit may be received depending on your program and institution. 

*Applicants applying not enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program and outside of 12 months from graduation are still welcome to apply.  Applicants will be processed as volunteers. 

To protect our clients, the IRC requires all selected applicants to complete background checks. We ask that you make a $30 donation to help us cover the associated costs. Currently, 92% of our funding goes directly to programming to support our clients, and your help to cover this cost will ensure that no funding is directed away from serving our clients. Instructions will be provided after you have been selected to intern or volunteer. 

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.



We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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