Cultural Orientation and Education Intern - Summer 2020
Baltimore (United States of America)
Requisition ID: req8375
Job Title: Cultural Orientation and Education Intern - Summer 2020
Employment Category: Intern
Employment Type: Part-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Baltimore, MD USA
The International Rescue Committee, Inc. (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to people forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 25 U.S cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to rebuild their lives. The IRC in Baltimore was established in 1999 and currently serves over 2,500 immigrants and refugees per year.
Scope of Work
The cultural orientation (CO) program is part of the IRC’s holistic and integrated approach to resettlement. Cultural orientation provides trainings to newly arrived refugees in order to foster a better understanding of their new environment and the services available to them in the Baltimore area. The cultural origination intern will assist the cultural orientation coordinator in designing, developing, and delivering structured training sessions on topics such as financial management, U.S. laws, housing, transportation, safety, healthcare, and cultural adjustment in order to aid refugees on their journey towards self-sufficiency.
Cultural Orientation Coordinator
- Learn to identify key barriers to adjustment to the U.S. and methods for teaching clients to become self-sufficient.
- Gain experience in teaching, program coordination, and curriculum design.
- Using IRC curriculum, teach lessons in the CO classroom and deliver individual sessions in client homes as needed.
- Lead bus orientations and bank orientations with refugee clients in Baltimore City.
- Assist with class logistics by creating class rosters, contacting class participants, and organizing transportation.
- Support classroom operations by creating and organizing materials.
- Work with interpreters to administer post-tests to CO graduates.
- Support the CO coordinator in researching and designing new modules to update the CO curriculum.
- Assist with documentation, data entry, and supervision of participants’ children as necessary.
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications Time Commitment
- Prior experience and interest in adult education or curriculum development preferred.
- Prior experience and interest working with refugees and immigrants preferred.
- Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced, cross-cultural environment.
- Flexible and reliable, with outstanding attention to detail.
- Strong problem-solving skills.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. - Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) and databases.
- Fluency in English required. Bilingual ability in one of the predominant languages of the local client base is desired (particularly Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Spanish, Swahili, Tigrinya, Urdu).
- Valid driver’s license, reliable access to a vehicle with current insurance and the ability to travel regularly throughout Baltimore strongly preferred.
- This is internship requires a minimum of 15 hours (about 2 days) per week for 12 weeks.
- Summer internships start with an orientation on Thursday, May 28, 2020 (approx. 9 AM – 3 PM).
- Regular weekly hours start the week of June 1, 2020 and continue through August 21, 2020.
- This is an unpaid internship.
- Apply online at www.rescue.org/careers
- Applications are strongly encouraged by 5 PM on Monday, March 30, 2020. Application review will begin on March 31.
- Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted in early April.
- Interviews will be take place approximately April 8–15 at the IRC office. Video/phone interviews will be available for applicants not currently in Baltimore.
- Applicants can expect to receive a decision by April 24, 2020.
- Applicants who are offered internships will be asked to confirm or decline by April 30, 2020.